Playstation 4 Announced!
PlayStation fans, your wait is finally over. Sony officially announced the PlayStation 4 at a press event Wednesday, the next generation of its popular console.
Nine years in the making, the PlayStation 3, the current PlayStation in the market was released 7 years ago in November of 2006.
"The living room is no longer the center of the PlayStation universe, the gamer is," Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment said at the event. "We believe that PlayStation 4 represents a shift from thinking of a box or console."
PlayStation 4's lead system architect Mark Cerny said that Sony started working on the console shortly after the release of the PlayStation 3, ultimately creating a console "for developers, by developers."
Updated DualShock 4 Controller
The fourth-generation console has an X86 processor, enhanced PC GPU, and 8GB high-speed unified memory. The console will also have an updated DualShock controller, with a touchpad, share button, and a headphone jack directly on the controller. A light bar on the back of the controller identifies players, and a 3D camera on the console will track the controllers connected to the console.
Games you play on the PlayStation 4 can be suspended by just pressing the power button, and then started again by tapping the power button again – right where you left off.
Digital titles can be downloaded in the background, and games can be played as they’re being downloaded, so you don’t have to wait.
One unique PlayStation 4 feature: a share button direction on the controller that lets you share gameplay with friends on-the-fly, and even allows friends to help you get through tough spots in games.
Share Like Never Before
The console has dedicated, always-on video compression, making it easy to share video clips of your gameplay on-the-fly with friends.
Can't get through a particular level? You can ask a friend on the web to virtually take over your controller and get you through. Friends can also watch you playing a game, virtually "over your shoulder," and comment on your screen — if you allow them — while you play using the share button and the consoles broadcast live functionality.