The live stream of the "Playstation Meeting 2013" was shown earlier tonight, and it had quite a few announcements in store. Sony has officially revealed the specs of the upcoming system, along with a tentative release date of this holiday season.
As taken from Siliconera, the PS4 will feature the following specs:Single-chip custom processor
CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon™ based graphics engine
GDDR5 8GB RAM
Hard Disk Drive (Sony has not revealed the size.)
Optical Drive (read only)
Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0)
Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)
Digital Output (optical)
In addition, the new controller, called the Dualshock 4, will feature several new abilities that the previous versions of their controller did not. That said, the ability to charge and play at the same time will remain. One example is the new touchpad on the front of the controller. It also has an enhanced six-axis sensor, as well as built in speakers and even a headphone jack.The start/select buttons have been replaced with an "Options" and a "Share" button, the latter of which allows you to share gameplay either through social sites like Facebook, or directly on Ustream (the Vita will also be able to stream PS4 games using Remote Play). It has a bar with a light that will interact with the upcoming Playstation 4 Eye camera, and may even, "Change colour to display useful information".
The Playstation 4 will feature a suspend mode, allowing you to jump right back into a game without needing to track down a save point first. This can be a blessing to fans of RPGs if they're in the middle of a game and suddenly have to dash, and users of the Vita are used to a similar feature. The PS4 can download updates and/or games while in this low-power mode as well.
Unfortunately, Sony has not announced a specific release date, or even a price. They also had a bit of bad news for PS3 owners: We won't be able to play Playstation 3 games on the Playstation 4. They have acquired a streaming service, however, and reportedly intend to allow PS3 owners to stream PS3 games, as well as possibly put up PSX and PS2 games on the same service. Whether these would be different from the current titles bought on the Playstation Store or whether your purchases will transfer is something that has not been said as of yet.
Overall, it was a packed meeting, with several new features announced and others that were speculated on clarified. For the full video, you can check out the blog post.