PlayStation 4 RevealedFebruary 21, 2013
Finally, the curtain is pulled back on Sony’s long-in-development PlayStation 4.
At the much-hyped PlayStation Meeting event today, Sony indeed revealed the heavily-rumored PlayStation 4– and it’s a beast. While the console itself was a no-show, Sony had plenty of great games to show off, running on the console, and expounded on the PlayStation Cloud service and the system’s social integration. The PlayStation 4 will be released holiday 2013.
Lead system architect Mark Cerny revealed that the system has been in development for more than five years, and that Sony has learned its lesson from the PlayStation 3; this console is created by game developers for game developers, and a video was shown with plenty of devs talking up how great and easy to use the PlayStation 4’s hardware is. Cerny said that the PlayStation 4 is “like a PC, but supercharged”, and that PS4 uses the X86 CPU and has 8GB of memory as well as a local hard drive. It uses APU technology and GDDR5 memory.
Like the PlayStation Vita, PS4 has the ability to suspend and resume game sessions, thanks to a dedicated RAM chip. You’ll just need to press a button on the new DualShock 4, and you’ll be right back where you were in your last session- no more waiting for the system and game to reboot. A secondary chip also allows for uploading and downloading data in the background, which should alleviate one of the biggest gripes about PS3- manual firmware and software updates. Presumably Trophy data will also be synced automatically.
Using a system that seamlessly compresses and decompresses video data, players can spectate as their friends play a game- even if it’s one they don’t own. Friends can comment and even remotely take control of your game, if say you’re stuck at a certain section that a friend has already gotten through. They can also join up into your game if you need help. The system allows for seamless uploading and trimming of gameplay footage, which is constantly recorded and can be shared via various social networks, which the PlayStation Cloud service seems to be tied to. The service will even pull your Facebook or Twitter profile pic if you want. The developers also mentioned that the PlayStation 4 will “get to know you” over time.