After 7 years, Sony has announced the latest version of it’s popular home console, the PlayStation 4.
“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.”
Mark Cerny, PlayStation 4’s lead system architect, said that Sony started working on the console shortly after the release of the PLayStation 3. The console has a completely updated UI, social features and an updated controller.
Updated DualShock 4 Controller
The updated DualShock controller has a touchpad, a headphone jack directly into the controller and a share button. 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 that are being played on the PlayStation 4 can be paused just by pressing the power button, and then un-paused when the button is pressed again – right where you last were.
Digital games can be downloaded to the console in the background, and you can play the games while they are being downloaded so you don’t have to wait.
A unique feature of the PlayStation 4 is the share button that is located on the controller. It allows players to share gameplay with friends on-the-fly and it even allows friends to help you get through the game.
The console has built-in dedicated video compression that is always on, so you can easily share video clips of your game to your friends.
If you’re stuck on a particular level in a game, you can ask a friend to virtually take control of your controller and get you through the level. Friends can also watch you play the game virtually, and comment on your screen – if you let them that is – while you play using the console’s live functionality and share button.
Remote Play allows you to take your PlayStation 4 game from your television and play it on your PlayStation Vita. Similar to how you can play Wii U games on the Gamepad. The Remote Play functionality allows family or friends to watch television while you still play your game.
You can also bring your game back to the television once your family or friends leave and start playing right where you left off.
Not Backwards Compatible
PlayStation 3 title aren’t natively support on the PS4, but Sony says they are exploring ‘advanced technologies’ to allow users to play their old PS3 titles. All existing PlayStation titles will be playable via the PlayStation cloud service.
A console without launch titles is like a plate without food. Several developers showed off their latest offering at the event. Titles include DriveClub, a new team-based racing game by Evolution Studios, as well as Infamous: Second Son, a exclusive game by Sucker Punch.
Jonathan Blow from Braid, an independent game creator, also showed off his new game The Witness. He described the game as a puzzle game, where each puzzle has a core idea that the player has to figure out.
A huge amount of third-party developers have already signed on to support the PlayStation 4, so many that Sony nearly couldn’t fit all of their names on the slide at the event.
Capcom showed off a game called Deep Down (working title), Square Enix also showed a title it is working on for the console. Ubisoft showed off Watch Dogs, a game about smart cities.
Diablo 3 will be coming to the PlayStation 4, as well as the PS3, and Bungie, the creators of Halo will bring their new game Destiny over to the PlayStation 4 and PS3. Bungie will also bring exclusive content to the PlayStation community.
When will you be able to purchase one?
Interestingly, Sony did not announce any pricing or release date information of the PlayStation 4. But we will probably hear more information at E3 in June and/or later this year. Maybe we will actually see the console at E3, who knows? Could the PS4 be invisible?
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