Sony ushers in the new console generation with its unveiling of the PlayStation 4. Where once Sony held an undisputed spot in console gaming, competitors like Microsoft have put the pressure on Sony to innovate. This article will cover the recently released information about this new console.
Set to release in the 2013 holiday season, the PlayStation 4 has been widely anticipated and a major source of speculation among console gamers. Now the facts have been presented for analysis. In short, Sony’s new console is a better, more streamlined version of the PS3. It should be mentioned that there is no backwards compatibility with PS3 games but older generation games can be bought on the PlayStation Cloud (a streaming/store type service).
The features and tech specs currently announced about the console are as follows:
· X86 CPU with 8GB memory and local hard drive.
· APU Technology and GDDR5 memory (used by high-end graphics cards).
· Digital games can be played as they are downloaded.
· A dedicated video processing chip allowing streaming while playing.
· PS4 and PS Vita content can be streamed between the two devices.
· Social network features built into system.
· Console reacts to purchases and downloads by offering recommendations.
· External camera, move controller support
· New controller DualShock 4 will contain touchpad.
There is still no word on a price tag, exact date of release, or the look of the console. The information presented by Sony seems to confirm their goals are to appease their core gamer audiences while also offering ease of use features for casual users. If the reliability and quality of Sony’s electronics holds up, this console will remain an important device to watch for video gamers and technology buffs alike.