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

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After the reveal of confirmed games, Quantic Dreams’ David Cage came out to discuss the possibilities for developers on PS4, showing off in particular the system’s high pixel count which allows for a huge amount of character detail. “Movies progressed to convey emotion.” he said. “We’ve now finally reached that stage in gaming.” Here are a couple of snapshots from his presentation.

This was followed by several other demonstrations of PS4 technology. For instance, a Move demonstration by someone who bears a striking resemblance to 006.

Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono discussed the company’s development of a new engine for PS4 codenamed ‘Panta Rhei’, which he boasted “will allow us to take game design into entirely new directions.” He showed off an in-development new game called (working title) Deep Down, which admittedly looks gorgeous.

Next up was Yoshihisa Hashimoto, Chief Tech Officer of Square Enix Japan. He didn’t have a new game to reveal, but he did discuss the company’s new PS4-based engine with a real time cinematic demo on PS4.

Suffice to say, it looked spectacular. The floor was then given to Shinji Hashimoto, brand director for the Final Fantasy series. He had this to say: “Be excited for E3 this year.” So, yeah, we’re getting a new Final Fantasy game.

After Hashimoto, Ubisoft Cofounder and CEO Yves Guillemot arrived and showed off Watch Dogs. He said that Ubisoft wants their games to be “more connected, more immersive, and more interactive.”

He added that “[i]n Watch Dogs, we can control everything. Everyone is connected. How we can invade everyone’s piracy without them knowing. We can tap into anyone’s lives. Anything can happen. We’re meant to feel what it’s like to be Aidan Pierce and invade everyone’s privacy.” The Watch Dogs demo, different from the one shown off at E3 2012, demonstrated some impressive gameplay. Here’s what was shown:

It was at this point that Blizzard’s Chris Metzen arrived on stage on revealed perhaps the biggest news from the event. Diablo 3 will be a robust experience for Playstation 4. In addition to online play, they’re going above and beyond with the ability to enjoy 4-way split screen co-op on a single system. And great news for people reluctant to shell out for Playstation 4 – Diablo 3 will be available on both Playstation 3 and Playstation 4.

Metzen was followed by Eric Hirshberg from Activision Publishing, as well as four members of the Bingie team, who confirmed that Destiny will arrive on Playstation 3 and 4. Hirshberg called it “Bungie’s next great FPS.”

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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.