Sony fired its first shot into the next generation arena by announcing the aptly named “Playstation 4″ at an event held in New York City last night. They covered everything from the hardware specs, the new Dualshock 4 controller, exclusive games, some surprises, and some not so surprises. I’ll have all of the trailers for you in the Video Round Up this Saturday so make sure to check it out. Surprisingly, Sony didn’t reveal the actual system or give any hints at a price point. My guess is that they have not nailed down the final details quite yet. They did state the “Holiday 2013″ launch window but in all honesty, our questions will most likely be answered in June at E3. Alright Microsoft, you’re now on the clock.
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Alright, let’s get to the real meat shall we? Here’s what this system is packing under the hood. Beware, it gets pretty techy from here on:
8-core 64-bit x86 “Jaguar” CPU developed by AMD
1.84 Terraflop Radeon GPU
Blu-Ray drive that can spin blu-ray disks at 6x and DVDs at 8x
8GB of unified GDDR5 RAM
802.11n WiFi capability
USB 3.0 ports
ports for optical audio, HDMI and legacy analog AV hook-ups. Neat!
Revealed to be officially called the “Dualshock 4″ and the core of the controller is exactly the same. So the inputs and buttons are the same and the six-axis control is also back. So what’s new? Well, the most obvious aspect to the controller is the touch pad on the front which is capable as being pressed like a button and can register two points of contact. There’s also a new “Share” button on the controller now which gives you access to the systems social options like Ustream and sharing videos over social networks. Finally, there’s a light bar on the top of the controller which can communicate with the Playstation Eye or communicate game information to players such as character health. Speaking of the Playstation Eye, I feel that it’s gone under more of a Kinectification as it can now log you in via Facial Recognition, a four channel array of microphones, and now has the ability to cut out the image of the player from the background, or to grasp players’ position in front and behind. Where have I seen that before?
In a move to strike against Microsoft’s growing entertainment package over on the Xbox 360, Sony is also bringing many media outlets to the Playstation Network including Gaikai support, Netflix Instant, Amazon Instant, Crackle, Crunchyroll, Facebook, Vudu, NHL, MLB.TV, and Cinemanow. The Playstation Cloud will now be able to stream PS1, PS2, and PS3 games mainly because it would appear that legacy games won’t work on the new console. One thing that I’m pretty excited about is now the system will have a secondary chip that will handle background downloads and processing. Maybe now those mandatory installs won’t be as bad.
Sony Exclusive Games
Killzone: Shadow Fall – Guerilla Games
Knack – Mark Cerny and Sony Japan
Infamous: Second Son – Sucker Punch
Driveclub – Evolution Studios
The Witness – Jonathan Blow (Timed Exclusive from what I’m hearing)
Beyond: Two Souls – Quantic Dream
Revealed Multiplatform Titles
Watch_Dogs – Ubisoft
Destiny (with exclusive Playstation content) – Bungie
Diablo III – Blizzard
Deep Down – Capcom
Final Fantasy? – Square Enix