Sony PlayStation 4 is Official, Set for Holiday 2013
It's official, Sony Computer Entertainment has announced its next-generation console – the PlayStation 4 – for a Holiday 2013 launch. Although the actual gaming console wasn't shown at the 'See the Future' event in New York today, the innovative DualShock 4 Wireless Controller were unveiled alongside the newly-developed PlayStation 4 Eye camera.
Designed from the ground up, the PS4 aims to redefine rich, immersive gameplay with high-performance hardware, smart personalization, plus integrated social capabilities and second-screen features. The custom chip behind the PS4 contains eight x86-64 cores and a state-of-the-art GPU that generates 1.84 Teraflops of processing power. The console further boasts 8GB of GDDR5 memory, which enables the PS4 to radically reduce lag time between players and their content.
Meanwhile, a secondary custom chip handles background processing, where games can be downloaded or updated in the background or during standby. Digital titles, on the other hand, will be playable almost immediately as the PS4 downloads a fraction of the data at the start, while the rest is downloaded in the background during gameplay.
Improving on all aspects of the existing DualShock 3 Wireless Controller, the DualShock 4 incorporates many innovations to deliver new gameplay and interactive possibilities on the PlayStation 4. Besides sporting an improved six-axis sensor, the controller has a touch pad on the front that is reminiscent of PS Vita's rear touch pad. Of note is the 'Share' button, which allows players to scan through their recent most gameplay for easy video upload to Facebook or other social networking services. A Mono Headset will be bundled with the PS4, allowing gamers to chat with other online players, while also hearing the sound effects from the DualShock 4 controller.
The acquisition of Gaikai's cloud technology is set to bring additional value to PlayStation Network users, while existing services such as Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited will continue to be offered on the PS4's PlayStation Store. Despite the lack of native PS3 backward compatibility, SCE is exploring the possibilities of making PS3 titles playable on PS4 in the near future.
The upcoming lineup of PS4 games that were shown include:
- Driveclub (WWS Evolution Studios)
- inFAMOUS Second Son (WWS Sucker Punch Productions)
- Killzone: Shadow Fall (WWS Guerrilla Games)
- Knack (WWS Japan Studio)
- Deep Down (working title) (CAPCOM)
- Destiny (Activision Publishing, Inc./ Bungie, Inc.)
- Diablo III (Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.)
- The Witness (Jonathan Blow)
- Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft Entertainment)
More title will be announced between now and the Holiday 2013 launch.
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