Sony unveils the PlayStation 4: ‘The evolution of gaming’

21 Feb


Sony (SNE) on Wednesday finally took the wraps off of its highly anticipated PlayStation 4 video game console during a press conference in New York City. The next-generation PlayStation features a brand new design, new controllers and a serious bump in specs that will give developers a platform on which they can push the boundaries of home gaming like never before.

The PlayStation 4 is powered by an x86 processor with eight CPU cores, an enhanced GPU and 8GB of memory. It will also ship with Sony’s new “DualShock 4″ controllers, which are similar to the current-generation controllers with the addition of a touchpad, a stereo camera for 3D position tracking, a share button that allows users to stream live gaming to their friends’ consoles, and other new features.

Among the exciting features covered during the unveiling is a new sleep function that keeps the PS4 on in a low-power state when not in use, completely eliminating the hassle of waiting for the console to boot up. The new PlayStation will also be able to download new games like most consoles can, but gamers will be able to begin playing them immediately following a purchase while the bulk of a game file continues downloading.

Sony will introduce a new technology with the PS4 that allows users to take control of friends’ controllers over the network to help them when they’re stuck in a game — a feature that will be welcomed by many.

The PlayStation Network is being updated alongside the launch of the new PlayStation 4, adding a wide array of new social features like Facebook integration, as well as a new own-brand social network dedicated to gaming. New multicasting and cooperative gaming features will be introduced as well.

Another highlight from Wednesday’s announcements is new PS Vita integration, which allows games to be streamed from the PlayStation 4 to the Vita, thus moving the game off the TV and onto a portable device. And while Sony is working on cross-compatibility features with older games, PlayStation 3 games will not be natively supported on the new PlayStation 4.

Sony’s new PlayStation 4 will launch ahead of the holidays this year.


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