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Monday, February 25, 2013

Playstation 4 Console Revealed, Release Date, DualShock 4 Controller, Game Titles & More


Sony has announced that PlayStation 4 will launch for $399 / €399 / £349 this holiday season in the United States and Europe.
PlayStation 4 will support used games. Additionally, the system won't require any sort of online authentication for disc-based games.

Sony also announced that trading, lending and selling of games will be permitted, and purchasing a game means that it is owned by the consumer forever.

Playstation 4 Hardware And Specs:

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will be powered by a custom 8-core AMD "Jaguar" x86-64 with integrated graphics APU and "next-generation" AMD Radeon graphics processor capable of driving 1.84 teraflops. As detailed at the event, it will come paired with 8GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory, making it competitive with most gaming-focused PCs on the market. As expected, the system will ship with a Blu-ray drive, built-in 80.211 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, as well as HDMI, Analog-AV, and optical digital output. Sony is giving I/O options a boost with the inclusion of USB 3.0 ports and a mysteriously vague "AUX" port. Each system will ship a "Mono Headset" for cross-game chat and other social features.

The Dual Shock 4 Controller:

The dualshock 4 controller has an integrated touch pad, headset jack, share button, and LED player identifier, but we've now learned that the touch pad features a mechanical button and supports "capacitive type." In addition to the obvious size and ergonomic changes, the DualShock 4 is expectedly gaining a bit of weight, going from 6.77 ounces on the DualShock 3 to 7.4 ounces on the DualShock 4. In addition to helping track a player for motion-based controls, the built-in LED can also be used to represent in-game elements, like a player's overall health.

New Playstation Eye:

PlayStation 4 Eye, which has been revealed as having a 1280x800 pixel sensor capable of capturing video at 60 frames-per-second — a significant gain over the Kinect's 640x480 30fps sensor. It can also be used to automatically detect players, though Sony hasn't detailed the exact application of the feature.

Some Playstation 4 Features:

Video Sharing:
The PlayStation 4 will also include some nifty video-sharing features, such as the ability to stream video from games as you’re playing them. Additionally, you can watch the games of friends over the PlayStation Network, which makes the system a whole lot more integrated and social. You will also be able to share videos and screenshot from games to services like PSN, Facebook and Ustream. This is part of Sony’s quest to make sharing of video as popular as possible on the PS4 as screenshots are today.

Controlling Friend’s Games Remotely:
PS4 will allow gamers to remotely control games their friends are playing to help them get through a tough spot.

PS Vita Integration:
There’s heavy integration, as to be expected, with the PS Vita, and Sony even made comparisons with Nintendo Wii U and NVIDIA’s Project Shield in outlining its intentions at the announcement. PS Vita integration will allow gamers to play and resume PS4 games on PS Vita seamlessly via Remote Play.

iOS And Android Devices As Second Controller:
Companion apps will be made available for iOS and Android which will turn the said powered devices into a second game controller for PS4.

PlayStation Move Compatibility:
The PlayStation 3′s roster of games will not immediately work with the PS4, but the PlayStation Move controller does. Just as Microsoft is said to be preparing a Kinect 2.0 to be bundled along with the next-gen Xbox, the PlayStation Move could perhaps have done with an upgrade of its own. But hey, at least it still works.

User Interface:
The look and feel of the UI is set to change dramatically. The XrossMediaBar will make way, and the new look closely represents the look of the PlayStation Network of late. Although it’s a bit early to cast aspersions, it looks good, and it’s hard not to get a little bit excited about Sony’s upcoming release – even if we don’t yet have the next-gen Xbox to compare it to.

No Booting Of Games Required, You Can Download As You Play:
When streaming a video or music track online, one can begin viewing, or indeed listening, while the download is in progress. Recognizing how useful it can be to start enjoying content before the whole download has completed, Sony has applied this same mindset to games, and now, eager gamers can begin playing their online games before the download has reached the magic 100 percent. Based on Sony’s well-documented purchase of cloud company Gaikailast year, it means you needn’t boot before playing your downloaded title, and the system also allows downloads to run in the background and additionally, when the machine is powered off.

Playstation 4 Confirmed Games List

Some Trailers:

E3 2013 Sony Conference Videos:

Playstation Event Videos (February):