All speculations can be put to rest as Sony has revealed the Playstation 4 at their press conference in New York City. We received a lot of info on the new console except for the price, and what it actually looks like. We did however get to see what the control will look like, which looks pretty close to the leaked prototype that showed up over the web. The control resembles the previous dual shock controllers, save for a touch interface where the start/select buttons would be, a blue sensor bar on top of the controller and a share button for uploading videos.
Even though we did’t get to see the actual console, lead system architect on the PlayStation 4, Mark Cerny, said its architecture is “like a PC, but supercharged.” PS4 uses the X86 CPU and has 8GB of memory and a local hard drive. It uses APU technology and GDDR5 memory, which is typically reserved for “top of the line, high end graphics cards.”
Other than beefing up the system for the next generation, Sony is focusing on social integration on the next level with the help of GaiKai which Sony acquired for over $300 million. Players will be able to spectate each others games as well as take over control of said game remotely from a separate location. You will also be able stream your game to the PS Vita for on the go gaming using your PS4 as the server. PS4 will have all the movie streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Crakle and Amazon. Sony partnered with with Facebook and Ustream for streaming, even though I think Twitch TV would have been a better fit.
And now for the games. We saw demos form Killzone: Shadow Falls, Infamous: Second Son, DriveClub, Watch Dogs, Knack, Deep Down, Destiny and Diablo 3 (also appearing on PS3). Square Enix showed a tech demo of their Luminous Engine and promise the reveal of a new Final Fantasy game at E3.
Sony ended the conference with a release window of Holiday 2013 which has me super excited. Although we didn’t get to see what the console looked like or what it will cost, they showed some pretty cool stuff to get us amped for the release.