Alright, you might suddenly feel older now….or realize how fast time flies! It has been seven years ago when we got our hands on the PS3 – almost the same age as the youngest kid in the house! And now comes its predecessor, Playstation 4. As an improvement (maybe) of the PS3, here, we expect enhanced graphics, bigger memory and well, that’s what we are getting – and a lot more.
The announcement came Wednesday night in New York, a first, as Sony has always announced its new game consoles in Japan. Promoted as a Supercharged PC, the PS4 runs off an x86-processor, an 8-core combined CPU/GPU and an 8 GB of unified GDDR5 memory (PS3 got a mere 512 megabytes in comparison).
Riding on the popularity of social sharing, the PS4 is endowed with the capacity to share – one can pause a game, select a few minutes of recorded video of the most recent activity in the game, and get the clip uploaded to a social network – all in real time! This is made possible via the new controller that features a touchpad, a share button and a lightbar that allows tracking movement via a separate camera.
To take gaming experience to a whole new level, the console will have a feature that allows “virtual spectating” – gamers can connect with each other and have control of other’s characters in case they need help. They can also watch each others’ game progresses.
What’s not so exciting about the PS4 is that it will not be backward compatible, so everyone of us will have to start from scratch in acquiring our game collection. And that would mean lotsa money!
Within the night, game developers previewed some of the games being worked on. Some of those showcased were the racing game Driveclub; superhero game Infamous: Second Son; Killzone Shadowfall and Diablo 3.
Sony did not reveal how the new console would look like nor did it mention how much the retail price for the unit would be. They did however projected on screen that it will be out Holiday 2013, it is safe to say that we’ll get our hands on the new console before the year ends. ^_^