[UPDATE] PS4 Revealed: Features, Specs & Game Details
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Table of Contents
- PS4 Reveal Highlights: What You Need to Know
- Tech, Video Streaming & Controller
- Games & Trailers – Part 1
- Games & Trailers – Part 2
- NEW(!) PS4 Updates, Further Reading
- Tons of Images from the PS4 reveal event.
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.