As expected, Sony officially announced the PlayStation 4 during tonight’s PlayStation event in NYC.
PS4 Lead system architect Mark Cerny took the stage and shed some truth-light on PS4’s guts. It has an x86 CPU, enhanced PC GPU and 8 GB of onboard GDDR5 memory, and a local hard drive. A secondary chip will handle all downloading, allowing downloads to run in the background and be played while still downloading.
As rumored, the DualShock 4 sports a touchscreen and “light bar” that interacts with the stereo camera peripheral. This allows the camera to track the motion of the DualShock 4 (creating an evolution of the Sixaxis). As seen in the leaked PS4 prototype controller images, the DualShock 4 sports a headphone jack and “share” button. The share button allows players to broadcast what they’re playing to PSN friends in real time.
Gaikai co-founder and CEO Dave Perry revealed that his company’s technology would allow players broadcast and share gameplay over social networks. The Gaikai technology will also bolster connectivity between the PS4 and PS Vita, including the ability to stream console games from the PS4 to the PS Vita.
Several games were teased during the event, including Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, inFamous: Second Son, Watch_Dogs, Bungie’s Destiny, Drive Club, The Witness, Diablo III, a new Final Fantasy to be revealed during E3, and a new IP with the working title “Deep Down.”
The fourth PlayStation console is slated for release later this year, during the holiday season.
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