We gather all the confirmed details on Sony’s newly announced console into one place.
Sony had lots of information to share about the new console, and we had lots of stories that covered all the topics. Click into the stories below to learn more about the next generation console.
PlayStation 4 Announced With Release Window
“Sony’s press conference is happening right now, and the first big piece of news is that it will in fact be called the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4 is coming this holiday season.”
“Early rumors suggested the new DualShock would feature a “share” button that gives players quick access to their social networks. Sony not only confirmed the share button, but revealed that it taps into much deeper social features than we initially thought.”
Support For Free-To-Play And Episodic Gaming
“Perhaps with native support and a larger hard drive, the PlayStation 4 will see free-to-play grow exponentially in the same way it has on PC. Sony has yet to address the possibility of encouraging the wealth of alternative price points that has helped indie games of all stripes flourish on PC digital download services, but that’s another possible upside to Sony’s move beyond the $60 boxed products that currently dominate the console landscape.”
Introducing The Stereo Camera and Built-In Move Camera
“The PlayStation 4’s stereo camera peripheral works with the PlayStation controller, which features a sensor on the back which can be sensed by the camera array.”
“Lead system architect Mark Cerny says the PS4 features a supercharged PC architecture with a x86 architecture CPU, an enhanced PC GPU, and 8GB of GDDR5 system memory as well as a local hard drive.”
Sharing and Download Plans
“Sony’s goal is to use its prediction software to study your gaming habits and seed your console with downloads it thinks you might like for a truly instant play experience. In addition, the company should be able to use its predictive data to serve players personalized news and content.”
Instant Game Starts And Remote Play
“Gaikai CEO David Perry revealed how the enhanced PlayStation Network will change the way you play games. The benefits include instantly playing demos of games without downloading anything, spectating any friends’ game, and remotely taking over control for them.”
No Backwards Compatibility, But Old Games Available In The Cloud
“While Perry said PS3 games are ‘not natively supported,’ that doesn’t mean the extensive history of PlayStation games won’t be available to users. He did not mention specifics, but Perry claims the system’s cloud service will allow users access to a wide array of past PlayStation titles at a later date.”