Today, Feb. 20, 2013 at 6PM Eastern Time, Sony has officially unveiled the PlayStation 4 at the “PlayStation Meeting” event in New York. The controller for the system, the Dual-Shock 4, features a touchpad, as reported previously. The leaked images proved to be correct.
The light bar on the top of the Dual-Shock 4 is used in tandem with another peripheral, a camera that tracks the controllers distance from the console, like the PlayStation Move. It also can identify the player, similar to the Kinect.
Using the technology from Gaikai, gamers can download games instantly from the PlayStation Network. Reportedly all PS4 games will be available. The player can begin playing the game while it finishes downloading. Gaikai wants to also have all PS3 games available on the PlayStation Cloud. Supposedly all games from PS1, PS2, PS3, and PS Mobile could be available on all devices using the Gaikai network.
The system also allows remote play with the PlayStation Vita, eventually allowing for all PS4 games to be remotely played on the Vita. This ability is very similar to the Wii U's gamepad.
The PlayStation 4 is a seriously impressive piece of technology. It truly looks to be the next generation of home consoles. But technical power isn’t everything, as evidenced by the PlayStation Vita. All the technical power in the world won’t help the system if they don’t have a lineup of quality games.
Sony set out today to present the future of gaming. So far, the future looks bright.