PlayStation 4 Details Revealed
Sony held their big PlayStation Meeting press conference and officially revealed the PS4. Not what it actually looks like or anything but they did give us plenty of details. So here’s what we know so far.
The PS4 will have an x86 AMD “Jaguar” CPU with 8 CPU cores, an AMD next-gen Radeon based GPU with 2 teraflops of computational performance, and 8GB DDR5 memory.
The DualShock 4 was revealed. The controller has a 2 point touch screen on the front of the controller, a headphone jack, a share button to upload and stream gameplay, a light bar on the top for various uses like identifying players and some Move functionality, and better feeling thumbsticks and triggers
It will have a low-power mode that will let you download games without the console actually being on and will save your game. So if you are in the middle of a game and have to leave, you can turn the console “off” and resume your game right where you left off without having the boot up the console again.
With downloads, you will be able to download games from the PSN and play them while they are being downloaded. The game will download the first chunk of a game on to your PS4 and let you play that while it downloads the rest of the game in the background.
Game demos will also be available at the push of a button with no download times thanks to Gaikai. Any game on the PSN will have a trial mode that will stream the game to your PS4, letting you play a chunk of the full game before you buy it.
The console will give you plenty of choices for games to try before you buy, as the console will mine data from you and your friends in order to see what kinds of games you like and offer suggestions from the PSN. With the streaming option, you will be able to try out these games the second you boot up the console.
You will also be able to stream games from your PS4 to your PSV, allowing you to play your PS4 games anywhere, anytime. Gaikai tech in the console turns the PS4 into a cloud gaming server and the Vita into a cloud gaming client. It will also integrate other devices, like you smartphone and tablet, turning into something of a gaming social network.
The network will have some pretty cool features in it, like live streaming your gameplay. Through UStream, players will be able to stream their gameplay out live or watch friends and people they follow while they play. If you’re streaming, other players will watch and can comment on your playing which will show up in real time on your screen. If you get stuck on a certain part, one of your friends will be able to take control of the game from you and play through the game on your console.
While it won’t be able to play the actual discs, the PS4 could have cloud based backwards-compatibility with PS3, PS2, and PS1 games but it was not actually confirmed. There will be more cloud features for the PS4 that will be rolled out over the course of the console’s life.
The console will also have all the standard entertainment apps like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and the other ones I use my computer for.
Finally, Sony said the following third party developers will have titles coming on the PS4.
No price point or specific release date has been announced, but the PlayStation 4 will coming Holiday 2013.