It’s Stop the Presses Thursday, and boy do we have something for you!
Last night at a press event in Manhattan, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4, officially ushering in the next generation of consoles. The press conference showcased the system’s architecture, which is designed to be simple in response to the criticisms of the PlayStation 3 being too complex to develop on, the controller, the new social aspect of the PS4, and of course, the games.
The PlayStation 4 is running on an x86-64 8-core CPU, just like our wise Bearded One hypothesized two weeks ago during the podcast. It has a next-gen Radeon GPU along with 8gb of GDDR5 RAM and all of the other bells and whistles you’d expect: Blu-ray, an internal hard-drive of an unspecified size, USB 3.0, all that kind of stuff.
The leaked controller from a few weeks back turned out to be completely legitimate. As you can see in the image above, it features a touchscreen similar to the one of the back of PS Vita along with a giant blue bar that performs a Move-type function. The controller also has upgraded Sixaxis and rumble and, thankfully, the shoulder buttons and the analog sticks have been modified. It now has a headphone jack and the all-important, brand spanking new Share button.
With the Share button, you can connect to a wide variety of social networks like Facebook and UStream, all while you’re connected to the PSN. You can upload gameplay footage to UStream and continue playing, and you can use the PlayStation Network to browse your friends’ videos.
Sony also brought out the CEO of Gaikai, the streaming service they acquired last year, to talk about what cloud functionality the PS4 will have. Using Gaikai’s service, you can try demos of games without downloading them, or, if you do decide to purchase a game on the PSN Store, you can play it while you’re downloading it. This cloud is what will enable the aforementioned sharing of gameplay videos. Although the PS4 is not backwards compatible, Sony hopes to be able to offer games from older generations through this service.
The PS Vita was called the “ultimate companion device” to the PS4 last night, with the spotlight shining on a feature called “Remote Play”. Using this system, gamers can transfer games from their PS4 to the Vita and play it on the go. Whether this is done via the cloud or some other means wasn’t specified, but I’m fairly confident the system ships with a tiny wizard to make this happen. This announcement also breathed a little life back into the Vita, and I’m sure a few units will be sold based on this.
Last but not least, we have the games. Here’s a quick rundown of the videos with YouTube links embedded.
Diablo 3 was also announced as an upcoming PS4 game as well as a PS3 release.
So, what do you guys think of Sony’s big announcement? Thoughts on the system? Bummed we didn’t see the box? What do you think about the games? The streaming? The controller? Any guesses on price? Go!