[UPDATE] PS4 Revealed: Features, Specs & Game Details
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.
First, Sony boasted that they’ve crafted a system “by developers, for developers” and that it’s “like a PC, but supercharged,” revealing that the system has 8GB of high speed unified memory and built-in video capture. The game will also allow players to play a game in real time as its being downloaded. As expected, with Sony’s purchase last year of Gakai, the new system will also have serious cloud-gaming functionality. As described by Gakai CEO Dave Perry, among those features is the ability to know immediately if a friend buys a new game, as well as play-testing a title. “Interested in a game?”, Perry said. “You can start playing it by hitting the X button. With Gaikai in the store, you can experience anything you want.”
The system will not be backwards compatible as previously rumored. Instead, Perry suggested that they are exploring the possibility of using Gaikai to make everything all the way back to the original Playstation available for streaming. It appears downloading of older titles won’t be an option, at least based on the presentation, a sure disappointment for fans who want to play the original Ratchet and Clank without using up their monthly bandwidth allotment. It remains to be seen if US internet service providers would be able or even willing to meet such demand without leeching customers to the point that it becomes untenable, but here at Game Front we half-expect to see ISPs offering gamer-friendly packages to take advantage. Whether or not it causes severe wallet pain, it’s an impressive idea – assuming it comes to pass.
Playstation 4 will be cross-platform functional with Vita, smartphones, and tablets. It will allow remote play from the TV to the PS Vita with remote play built into the architecture. Utilizing Gaikai integrated technology, you can turn the PS4 into a game server and your PS Vita into a client.
The system will also be a robust home entertainment option, featuring access to Hulu, epix, Netflix, Facebook, MLB, Crackle, NHL Network, Music Unnlimited, and Amazon Instant video.
It also boasts a new dual shock with a touchpad, a share button, and a light bar as a “simpler, more friendly way to identify players. It seems similar, based on the demonstration, to built-in Kinect functionality.