The PlayStation 4 has been officially revealed and chances are, you want to know all about it. We will oblige.
Well, here we go- The PS4 is indeed coming and Sony is really pulling out all the stops with this new machine. Not only are they pushing the envelope in terms of technology, they're also implementing a horde of new innovative features. Check it out:
Brief Specs: The PS4 is built on an x86 XPU with an enhanced PC GPU and 8GB of onboard GDDR5 memory. There will also be a local hard drive, and a secondary chip that handles all downloading, which means PS4 titles will be playable as they're being digitally downloaded. Nice for the very impatient.
The PS4 also comes with an always-on hardware for both video compression and decompression, which means that playing and even recording video won't use up the CPU during gameplay. We'll get the chance to experience seamless uploading and downloading, and players will be able to share their gaming experiences with others (with the help of the Dual Shock 4's "Share" button). We'll even be able to view streaming videos on the Vita or a tablet. The strangest – and perhaps most provocative – part involves players actually being able to take over your controller remotely via streaming, just in case you need some help.
A "Mind-Reading" Console: Well, sorta. Basically, the PS4 will learn a gamer's behavior and guess what they're going to buy. Then the machine will download those games even before you've purchased them, and you can sample them before actually spending the money. Creepy but cool.
Gaikai Revolution: The integration of the Gaikai streaming service is really a game-changer. For instance, we'll be able to find anything in the PlayStation Store and with the simple press of a button, the game or media will immediately start playing. Furthermore, we'll be able to pick up where we left off; going back to our game won't have to involve turning the system back on, booting the game up, etc.
Streaming PS1, PS2 and PS3 Games: Sony's new console will utilize the PlayStation Cloud and be able to stream games from the last three generations of PlayStation consoles. Sony wants gamers to be able to stream "everything ever" released, although no titles were revealed during the presentation. We do know that services will be rolled out over time for the Cloud.
Remote Play on Vita: The PS4 will also let gamers play remotely on the PlayStation Vita. The Gaikai technology means this will involve "reduced transmission times" so the gameplay will be fast and immediate. For instance, Mark Cerny's Knack , the first game unveiled for Sony's new console, was shown running on the Vita.
Coming Holiday 2013: Yeah, that's self-explanatory.
More news is a-coming, we're sure. Stay tuned. 🙂