After months of anticipation that had only gotten hotter in the last two weeks, Sony has officially unveiled the next generation platform in the PlayStation brand, the PlayStation 4.
Sony’s Andrew House took to the stage to introduce the presentation and at first began talking about how with the next-gen, Sony’s aim is to create a tighter and more unified experience, experiences “that surpass gamer’s wildest expectations.” House then have the stage to the Lead system architect, Mark Cerny who was accompanied with the iconic theme tune of Crash Bandicoot as he walked on stage.
As he opened his presentation, Cerny revealed that the PlayStation 4 had gone into development as long ago as five years. The question that reported to be constantly asked with the PS4 was how could the PlayStation “Eco system” could evolve. With the PlayStation 4, a core aim is for the console to be “freeing developers from technological barriers”. Cerny went on to describe how the PlayStation 4 was made “by game creators for game creators”. Cerny then went on to talk about how the PlayStation 4 is powered with revealing some of the specifications.
The PlayStation 4 will be powered by a “super enhanced PC processor” with an X86 CPU and 8GB of memory with a local HDD. PlayStation 4 will be using APU technology with GDDR5 memory and APU technology. For those of you who don’t really know what this means, it’s basically going to be a beast of a machine.
With the PlayStation 4, Sony are putting a great emphasis on straight away deliverance of content to its players. Namely, this means that the PS4 will be supporting suspension of games and other content and then reentry into that content straight away. It’s very reminiscent of the PlayStation Vita’s suspension function with its Home button. The system will also be featuring the ability to delve into what your friends are doing. You’ll also be able to chat in real-time with your friends in a fully integrated manner.
With the announcement of all of this, Cerny also showed off the rumoured DualShock 4 which as the rumours suggested, has undergone some changes. The DualShock 4 will be sporting the rumoured touchpad as well as the Share button, the redesigned analog sticks and an external speaker and an headphone jack. The blue light seen in the prototype picture is called the Lightbar.
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