Original Story 21.02.13 – Six years after the PS3 arrived on store shelves, Sony has unveiled its plans for the next generation.
New features: The new system will indeed be known as the PlayStation 4 and it will feature a range of innovations. For starters, you’ll be able to play a demo (or even a full game) as it downloads. You’ll also be able to share your accomplishments in real time by sending live video of your gaming session to the internet. Believe it or not, you’ll be able to play many next gen games on the go by streaming the action from your PS4 to your Vita. Thanks to the unit’s cloud functionality, you’ll also have access to a library of classic titles from Sony’s past consoles (including the PS3).
New peripherals: While Sony is yet to unveil the body of the console, it did offer an early glimpse at the controller, dubbed the DualShock 4. While the new peripheral features a similar button layout to its forebears, it also boasts a touch pad and a multicolour light panel. According to Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, the latter could be used to indicate which on screen figure the controller is associated with or that a character is sustaining damage. The DualShock 4 will also include motion sensing functionality complemented by a new generation of the PlayStation Eye camera.
New games: Sony also showcased a range of games for the platform, including four first party offerings. Motorstorm developer Evolution Studios is working on multiplayer focused racer DriveClub while Guerrilla Games and Sucker Punch are toiling away on Killzone: Shadowfall and Infamous: Second Son respectively. Meanwhile, Sony’s Japan Studio is hard at work on fantasy adventure Knack. A handful of third party titles were announced, including Capcom’s visually stunning fantasy game Deep Down (working title) and Blizzard’s one time PC exclusive Diablo III. Previously announced games Destiny, Watch Dogs and The Witness were also confirmed for the system.
So there you have it. Another piece of the next generation puzzle has fallen into place. What are your thoughts regarding Sony’s big day?
Update 22.02.13 – New details have emerged since yesterday’s announcements. According to an Engadget report, Sony has confirmed that the PS4 will not be backwards compatible when it comes to discs or previously purchased digital content. Meanwhile, IGN has reported that the DualShock 3 will not be compatible with the new console (though Move controllers will). In brighter news, Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer that the PS4 will not require a constant internet connection. The console’s day one line-up will, according to CVG, include DriveClub, Killzone: Shadowfall and Watch Dogs. CD Project Red has confirmed that its recently announced fantasy sequel The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will also be coming to the console. While the unit will launch in some territories in Q4, Sony Australia is yet to confirm a local release date.
Update 22.02.13 – System specs added (refer below)
Single-chip custom processor
CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon™ based
Hard Disk Drive
Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0) 、AUX
Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)
Digital Output (optical)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.