[UPDATE] PS4 Revealed: Features, Specs & Game Details


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At a media event that was also streamed live on the web today, Sony Computer Entertainment finally unveiled their next-gen console, called Playstation 4 (as everyone on earth expected). It wasn’t a full reveal; an actual physical console wasn’t shown, the eventual price wasn’t revealed, and they didn’t give a specific release date other than “Holidays 2013″. But despite technical hiccups with the stream and the lack of a concrete release date, Sony actually managed to impress with details that suggest, if not completely verify, that Sony is serious about dominating the next generation of consoles.

What did we learn? In a nutshell:

-The system will be heavily integrated with Gaikai technology to enable game rentals and purchases with a high degree of convenience. There’s also the possibility that the full line of Playstation titles going back to the first system will eventually be streamable. A huge array of video streaming options and social features will also be included.

-It will have built in video capture, 8GB of high speed unified memory and GDDR5 for system memory. For more on specs, see our break down here.

-Elaborating on the above: the PS4 will constantly record the last 15 minutes of gameplay, which can later be edited and swiftly shared online.

-The PS4 will feature a dedicated chip for background downloads and uploads, supposedly making the painfully long updates and game downloads the PS3 suffered from a thing of the past.

-Lead architect Mark Cerny noted that the PS4 “will use real names and profile pictures most likely seeded from your existing social networks.” It is unclear how mandatory, or widespread this social implementation will be.

-The PS4 controller’s “share button” will enable gamers to easily connect online, spectate each other’s gaming sessions and play cooperatively.

-Cross-platform functionality, especially with Vita but also with other devices including tablets, is emphasized. Sony Move functions will also be built in.

-The newest DualShock controller is packed with new features, including a touch pad.

-Sony wants to have an extremely tight relationship with developers, something that perhaps was lacking with PS3. The presentation featured appearances by luminaries from across the industry, including Ubisoft, Quantic Dreams and Blizzard/Activision.

Confirmed games include Watch Dogs, a new driver game called Drive Club, a new inFAMOUS title, and a new Killzone game.

-The biggest surprise: Blizzard and Sony are entering into a partnership “to take over the world.” The first step of that partnership is the announcement, after nearly a year of teasing, that Diablo 3 is coming to consoles, and Sony comes out the big winner with D3 on both PS3 and PS4.

Read on for the full details.

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14 Comments on [UPDATE] PS4 Revealed: Features, Specs & Game Details

Derek

On February 20, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I had hopes of seeing a console with more horsepower but this thing is a looking like a disappointment.

I’m hearing its a 1.6GHz clock rate on the 8-core CPU…. that’s like 10 times slower then a mid-grade i5 CPU…lol I’m guessing a lot of the processing will be offloaded to the GPU … an ATI 7850 on the same die. But this rules out very CPU intensive games like Planetside 2 from coming to PS4.

I’d still like to know if it has displayport and the max resolution, and whether it uses a platter or solid state drive. If its stilll 1080p max, even with an SSD (which I doubt), this thing has the horsepower of the mediocre PC of three years ago.

maverator

On February 20, 2013 at 5:07 pm

If it doesn’t eliminate load screens I’m not buying it.

Tiagonal

On February 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm

When they saw it was all turning cloud-based and foggy… there were many that jumped into the boat and many that jumped out. But they were all caught in a digital-storm in the middle of a deep blue ‘open ocean’. And those who thought their boat was safer, were first to drown.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

On February 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Rumor has it that the Watch Dogs demo was running on PC (one with similar specs/power to the PS4)

ted

On February 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I will wait for more information. And to see the actual device! ha!

demize

On February 20, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Its about time. The current crop of consoles is holding graphics progression hostage far to long. Looks like to be a custom APU with 7800 series graphics power. There pushing streaming big time i see with Gaikai. I wonder if achievements you earned with a the ps3 will rollover to the ps4. Another nothing was mentioned of blocking used games.
The biggest surprise: Blizzard and Sony are entering into a partnership “to take over the world.” Lol with D3 in there wet dreams.

uber

On February 20, 2013 at 11:37 pm

wow what a glorified tease. No hardware presented at all showing real games. No release date or price. Just a gathering to watch tech demos and blow hot air.

Jared Andrews

On February 21, 2013 at 4:52 am

I dunno. I’m not excited with the PS4 console.. and besides there are still lots of PS3 is still kinda new. Would that be bad for business?

SXO

On February 22, 2013 at 7:38 am

PC gamers should all be rejoicing at this. It’s finally lifting up the low bar, and we’ll all see better games for it. Sure this thing isn’t the powerhouse current gen PC’s are, but developers stopped developing for current gen many years ago. Even the few developers that develop AAA PC exclusives are still looking at the last two years of hardware as their baseline.

So fret not fellow PC gamers, this is actually good news for us all.

Hellblazer

On February 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm

And you really think peoples care for that Derek? They will buy this console no matter what if the games are really appealing. Beside PC is BEEP.

TheDog

On February 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Once again it’s Hellgrazer to the stupid statement of the year remark. Sounds like our winner is a little short on words. Here, let me help you with that. The words you were looking for are something like awesome, never ending, superior, the bomb, the alpha and omega, All those fit, but this one probably is easiest for someone like you to understand. The best.
Good luck with you English lessons in the future. Kids take note. This is what you will turn into if you don’t do your homework. Oh yes, and don’t do drugs. See what they’ve done to him. (not pretty).

Tiagonal, chamán de la lluvia

On February 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

So, I’ve heard OnLive’s got custom neural hardware for video streaming needing only 2Mb for acceptable stream… unlike GaiKai that still needs at least 10Mb for streaming since it’s all software.

And here’s another… Just speculation… GaiKai partnered with Sony to sell the PS4, (duh!)… but… they’ll use all PS4s sold as hardware to upkeep the cloud instead of their own datacenters… using a little space of everyone’s hardware power and connection to cheaply upkeep it all. Haven’t you all heard of project folding@home before? …Now that’s really bond-evil don’t you think? The conspiracy gets worse… but I’ll reveal more if certain events unfold as I foresee.

I’ll keep channeling prophecies in the forest.

Dratkin

On February 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm

So far I am totally unimpressed with both “nextgen” consoles.
I have been a HUGE console gamer but I think I may stick with my 360 and PS3 and PC.

Swcloud99

On May 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm

The only thing I heard during that presentation that got me excited was the dev frienly part.
That won PS2 its gen, I’m waiting to see if it will get PS4 its.