The long anticipated announcement from Sony is finally a reality. The PlayStation 4 launches this coming holiday season.
The announcement came as a part of a 2-hour long live video stream conference from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. “Today marks a moment of truth and a bold step forward for PlayStation as a company,” Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment said as he took the stage. “Today we will give you a glimpse into the future of play.”
Unfortunately, I was unable to catch the entire conference live, but was excited to see the innovations the company has made to the gaming industry. The portion of the conference I saw focused on 3D gaming and sculpting with the Move Controller. The new technologies that Sony has adapted into the PS4 make it possible for users to sculpt and bring their creations to life within the gaming construct. I personally look forward to trying my hand at sculpting.
Although the announcement focused on the console, Sony did not reveal an image of the device. The specs, however, were given.
- Octa-core x86 64-bit CPU
- Approximately 2 TeraFLOP/s GPU, integrated onto CPU die
- Dedicated graphics technology for seamless compression and decompression of video media
- Dedicated secondary chip for background tasks, even while in sleep mode
- Unified 8GB GDDR5 System Memory
In addition to the new console, Sony announced the addition of a new controller to the gaming family – the DualShock 4. Similar to the DualShock 3, but it possesses a built-in touch pad, share button, which starts recording game play in order to upload it directly from the console to websites or another PlayStation network user, and a light bar use to communicate with a dual camera attachment, which perceives movement and depth. It also comes equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Quite possibly the most anticipated feature of the PS4 is the inclusion of streaming games. Sony purchased the game streaming company, Gaikai, in 2012 with the intention of developing this technology into their new console. CEO and founder of Gaikai, David Perry, explained that the integration of streaming will allow gamers to instantly try games before purchasing them.
Several game developers showed off their newly developed titles for the PS4. Some of the new titles/developers include:
- Deep Down by Capcom
- Diablo III by Bungie
- Driveclub by Evolution Studios
- Final Fantasy (TBA) by Square Enix
- Infamous: Second Son by Sucker Punch Productions
- Killzone: Shadow Fall by Guerrilla Games
- Watch Dogs by Ubisoft Montreal
Sony’s PS4 joins the eighth generation of gaming consoles along with the Wii U and the soon to be announced XBox 360 successor.
I believe that the PS4 will be a welcome addition to any gamer’s home.