Sony announces PS4, touts unification of hardware, software, internet capabilities

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President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House on Wednesday introduced the company's next-generation platform, the PlayStation 4, which will leverage advancements in hardware, software, and Internet-based technologies to, Sony hopes, create a game experience that will pull it out of its current third-place position in the console race.

PlayStation Platform


During the keynote, Sony noted that the upcoming platform will be more about taking the PlayStation out of the living room, and focus it more on the gamer. Also pushed was the "immediacy" built into the PS4, including background downloading, instant play of new purchases and social network sharing.

"The stakes are high for what we're about to show you," said house.

The PlayStation 4 will feature a chip based on the x86 architecture, on-board HDD storage, and 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. During the presentation, Sony representatives stressed that these were the sort of design choices game developers urged the company to make with its next console. The Cell Processor in the PS3, according to many developers, was powerful but difficult to develop for, which led to the Xbox 360 becoming something of a developer standard. Consequently, many games developed for both systems were unable to take full advantage of the PS3's capabilities, and many games ported from the Xbox 360 to the PS3 underperformed versus their Xbox counterparts.




Teaser trailer for Capcom's PS4 project tentatively titled "deep down." | Source: Capcom official YouTube channel


The company also introduced a much-anticipated new controller. The new DualShock controller maintains mostly the same controller design as previous iterations, but adds a touchpad, headphone jack, a Share button, and a "light bar." The touchpad is a feature first introduced in Sony products with the PlayStation Vita, while the "light bar" will interface with a new, Kinect-like peripheral in order to gauge players' positions in three-dimensional space. The share button and headphone jack are part of Sony's effort to stress the social elements of the PS4, as they will allow for in-game communication, as well as direct sharing of game content.

PlayStation controller


Social networking functionality is also a main concern for the upcoming console, with advanced services offering users the ability to watch live streams of friends gaming sessions.

Speaking to the platform's internet abilities, founder of cloud-based gaming service Gaikai Dave Perry outlined various streaming and interactive capabilities. Gaikai was purchased by Sony in 2012.

Users can watch and interact with each other in real time, including the ability to take over a friend's controller to help them through a tough level.

Dave Perry
Gaikai founder Dave Perry


PlayStation's cloud services will also bring a welcome enhancement many users have been asking for since the PS2: universal compatibility with older games. In fact, future advancements to the system are expected to allow for older titles, as well as new games, to be played on second-screen devices like the PS Vita, smartphones and tablets.

The PS4 comes at a critical moment for Sony. Once an undeniable powerhouse in the consumer electronics world, the Japanese conglomerate has seen a difficult few years, as competitors from various corners have undercut its foundation. While the PlayStation 2 sold in excess of 100 million units, its successor, the PlayStation 3, was hampered initially by a high price as well as the breakout success of Nintendo's Wii console.

Adding to the company's gaming woes, its PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita handheld consoles have never truly taken off to the extent that Sony would like. Those consoles, too, have been stymied by high initial pricing and competing systems from Nintendo. Also, though, they have suffered from the rise of smartphones and tablets.

The new mobile devices have comparable computing power to dedicated portable consoles, as well as more democratized game distribution systems, making it easy for smaller developers to push out relatively low-quality content in a rapid fashion. By comparison, big-budget console games have a greater range of flexibility and depth, but require considerable computing resources and massive teams to develop.

After roughly two hours of tech demonstrations and game previews, Sony's presentation ended abruptly. The company did not show off the hardware that will power all of the software demonstrated, though it seems likely it will do so at this year's E3. As to a release date, Sony gave only a broad Holiday 2013 announcement.
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  • Reply 1 of 106
    richlrichl Posts: 2,213member
    Let the bad-mouthing begin!
  • Reply 2 of 106
    So much for the vaunted Cell processor. RIP, little dude. All your base are belong to x86.
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    So the #PS4 is going to be more like a PC from last year? Hmm.. at least developers can knock it off with "PC-ports" from consoles.

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    Well... That's true.

  • Reply 4 of 106
    nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member
    There's a 75% chance I will one day get a Blu-Ray player... And if I do, ther's a 75% chance it will be a game console. If it is... 75% chance it will be a PS4!

    (Any console that replaces the right aiming stick with an unbounded analog control like a touchpad or trackball gets my business first! Come on... mouse-style FPS aiming is so close! Somebody do it.)
  • Reply 5 of 106
    ifailifail Posts: 463member

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    Originally Posted by RichL View Post



    Let the bad-mouthing begin!


     


    Bro Sony died years ago


     


     


     


     


     


     


    not serious, but you're going to see this about 100 times why Apple is going to roll Sony.....

  • Reply 6 of 106
    Big day for AMD.
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    Big day for AMD.


    Are they the ones responsible for sony's GPU?

  • Reply 8 of 106
    I just wanna know if this thing can run Crysis.
  • Reply 9 of 106
    Sony's President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House on Wednesday introduced the company's next-generation platform, the PlayStation 4, which will use hardware, software and internet

    Omg hardware, software AND Internet? That's so cool!
  • Reply 10 of 106
    nagromme wrote: »
    There's a 75% chance I will one day get a Blu-Ray player... And if I do, ther's a 75% chance it will be a game console. If it is... 75% chance it will be a PS4!

    (Any console that replaces the right aiming stick with an unbounded analog control like a touchpad or trackball gets my business first! Come on... mouse-style FPS aiming is so close! Somebody do it.)

    You could just say there's a 42% chance of getting one of these.

    And there is touchpad / trackball style aiming: it's called a laptop.
  • Reply 11 of 106
    bluefish86 wrote: »
    Omg hardware, software AND Internet? That's so cool!

    X86 hardware, software, AND Internet. Never before have these things come together! /s
  • Reply 12 of 106
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,980member
    bluefish86 wrote: »
    Omg hardware, software AND Internet? That's so cool!

    All in one package to boot, absolutely genius. Why didn't Apple think of this? Lol
  • Reply 13 of 106
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,980member
    I just wanna know if this thing can run Crysis.

    And how
  • Reply 14 of 106
    ifailifail Posts: 463member

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    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post



    I just wanna know if this thing can run Crysis.


     


    I'm going to go out on a limb and say yes, especially after the new Killzone: Shadowfall demo. Extremely impressive, wish they would show the big titles like GT6 and hopefully a new Uncharted, i can only imagine how beautiful it would look 

  • Reply 15 of 106
    sockrolidsockrolid Posts: 2,788member
    What he said: "The stakes are high for about [sic] we're about to show you."

    What he meant: "We're dead if we don't sell to more than just 'hardcore gamers.' "
  • Reply 16 of 106

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    Are they the ones responsible for sony's GPU?



     


    It's a custom Bulldozer APU with shared 8GB GDDR5 Memory.


     


    Can game developers produce non-dystopian games? From the live feed it's clear Sucker Punch can't. The Speaker's hyperbolic speech made me laugh.

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    With game developers who hold names like Jonathan Blow you know the gaming world is an interesting lot.

     

  • Reply 18 of 106

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    It's a custom Bulldozer APU with shared 8GB GDDR5 Memory.


     


    Can game developers produce non-dystopian games? From the live feed it's clear Sucker Punch can't. The Speaker's hyperbolic speech made me laugh.



    Oh... So AMD finds a new steady source of revenue. it makes me want that PS4 succeds, so I can see AMD doing great again.

  • Reply 19 of 106

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    Oh... So AMD finds a new steady source of revenue. it makes me want that PS4 succeds, so I can see AMD doing great again.



     


    All the tech rumors include the XBox 720 also being a custom built AMD APU. To acquire 2 out of 3 of the big game console vendor contracts for those parts [if correct] will be a big win for AMD.

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    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,980member
    Oh... So AMD finds a new steady source of revenue. it makes me want that PS4 succeds, so I can see AMD doing great again.

    You can help by buying one instead of crossing your fingers.
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