PS4 : Announced Without PS4?
Sony’s big day has arrived with the announcement everyone has been waiting for, the rumored PlayStation 4.
The announcement was made during the PlayStation Meeting which was broadcast live from New York and streamed on the PlayStation website. The new console was “unveiled” by CEO and president Andrew House. Though the unveiling didn’t quite include the console itself, a breakdown of its specifications was however revealed.
The PS4 will contain eight x86-64 cores and an enhanced PC GPU graphics processor. The Graphics Processing Unit will increase physics simulation as well as ease of use. The PS4 will also be equipped with 8GB system memory using a GDDR5, giving it a boost in bandwidth and graphics performance. One of the most notable upgrades is the new DualShock 4 controller, featuring enhanced rumble capabilities, headset jack, touch pad, and a dual camera.
The pad at the front is more like the rear touchpad on the Vita, it is not a screen
All of these supped up enhancements are to bring the console into the future, where digital titles are downloaded while playing another game or browsing the internet. Where video of game play can be recorded and instantly uploaded from the console and shared to YouTube or Facebook. A future where you start a game on the PlayStation and continue it on the Vita, and your Vita is also a controller. Sony wants to be in your home and everywhere you go. This includes phones and tablets as it has already been said that there will be PlayStation apps on iOS and Android devices. They want to stay one step ahead.
Sony’s idea for the PlayStation 4 can be summed up with this: “The long-term goal of PS4 is to reduce download times of digital titles to zero: if the system knows enough about a player to predict the next game they will purchase, then that game can be loaded and ready to go before they even click the ‘buy’ button.”
The PlayStation 4 will launch holiday 2013. No price has been set just yet, though I have to say, my interest is peaked. I am a long time PlayStation buyer, and though I have strayed for other gaming systems before, I have always come back to the PlayStation. Though I admit not all of this news gets me all that excited, the first look at titles like Infamous: Second Son, Diablo III, Killzone and Bungie’s Destiny does. After all, it is all about the games. Want to sell a new console? Make great games for it.
Sony’s presentation was definitely a little strange with very few actual demos of any of the games announced, though the developers’ announcements were by far the most interesting. I can only hope that the delivery measures up to the promises. I guess we will have to wait and find out at E3.
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Brihanna has been a tech-fanatic and computer nerd nearly all her life. When she isn't chasing around kids, she is glued to either her iPhone or PlayStation. She is also a contributer at The Smartphone App Review.