Sony announces PS4By TheStudentGuide
Details of the next generation console were revealed yesterday at an event in New York.
The new PS4 (succeeding the PS3 which has, to date, sold about 75 million units since its launch in 2006), will be designed to offer superior graphics and new social features including the ability to share recorded gameplay clips.
Developers speculated that the console would go onsale “holiday 2013”, meaning that it should hit the shelves in time for Christmas which will see it competing with the yet-to-be-announced new Xbox console. After the late announcement and initial loss of money surrounding its PS3 launch (leading to the release of a revised, cheaper model featuring fewer USB ports and lacking compatibility with PS2 games), Sony will be pleased to have got their announcement in early and will be eagerly anticipating E3, at which Microsoft is expected to announce its plans.
Sony did not give any indication of what the console would look like, nor did it address the costly issue of price. It did, however, reveal its new DualShock 4 controller which will feature a touchpad, a share button and a light so that its movement can be tracked by a camera.
The console will be geared towards a much more social experience, allowing the user to upload content to social media quickly and easily. It will include a new hardware dedicated to video compression, meaning that users will be able to pause a game, select a few minutes of recorded video of their activity and instruct the clip to be uploaded to a social network, all while they carry on gaming. More exciting, however, will be the ability for users to let their friends connect and play as them if they become stuck — a facility using technology from Gaikai, a cloud-based service Sony acquired last year for $380m.
The most contentious issue will be that the new PS4 console will not run old PS3 games meaning that gamers will essentially have to start their collections from scratch.
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