We haven't really heard anything new about the PS4, or at least confirmed info, since the PS4 announcement in February, but it does look like we'll finally get to feast our eyes on the official product on June 10th. Who knows . . .we might even get an official release date and retail price at this PS4 unveiling (this is just talk, I haven't heard anything. I promise). Sony announced earlier this year that they were aiming to released the PS4 this holiday season.
Here's everything we know about the Playstation 4 so far:
The PS4 is moving away from the complex Cell chipset of the PS3, and will be much more similar to your modern PC. The PS4 will also have a heavy emphasis on the social aspects of gaming, with features like the "Share" button which will allow users to instantly upload screenshots or gameplay to Facebook. Sony is also partnering with third-party streaming services which will literally allow others to spectate your live gameplay sessions. I'm not sure how I feel about the next aspect of the social side of the PS4, but Sony is actually planning to allow friends to take over each others gameplay to help them get through certain parts that are too difficult for them. Impressive as this feature will be, if Sony can actually pull it off, the point of playing games with difficult sequences is for the challenge.
The PS4 is also planned to be more personalized for your gaming and entertainment experience. How's Sony doing this? Glad you asked! It's very interesting actually. An all new prediction technology will actually be able to suggest content based on your playing and purchasing habits, for both gaming and entertainment. Pretty sweet.
As for core games and the whole PS4 gaming experience . . .expect much more! Sony has said free-to-play games will be a big part of the PS4, and Sony will also offer independent developers the option to self-publish their games. There will be no shortage of new games coming to the PS4, and you can expect tons of games right from launch, with lot's of big titles already announced for the system.
Dave Perry who got lots of stage time at the PS4 announcement has announced that cloud gaming will be a major focus for the company. With all the new hardwar backward compatibility will become much more difficult, as a result Sony plans to make the Playstation back catalog available via cloud-based streaming, however did not mention whether new releases would be available on the cloud as well. The streaming technology will also be used in the Playstation Store. Instead of downloading a demo, you can simply test a streaming version of the game. Very cool!
A few other great features mentioned by Sony, mainly made possible by the cloud technology:
The ability to keep your PS4 on, in a low-powered state, or "suspend mode," which will allow you to pause your games for an extended period of time and pick back up quickly from where you left off.
You can also easily switch between your gameplay and other applications, like your web browser for instance, without losing any of your progress in the game.
Like the PS3, the PS4 will also offer background downloading in many cases, so you can continue to play game while a different game is still downloading, however the PS4 is taking a step forward, giving you the ability to download digital titles and play the part you've already downloaded while the rest of the game is still downloading. That. Is. Awesome!
The streaming technology will also allow you to use your PS Vita as a display and control device for your PS4. Sony is planning on all Playstation 4 titles to be playable on the Vita via Wi-Fi streaming. Sony will also release iOS and Android apps that connect your tablet or smartphone to the system. These applications will provide secondary content such as real-time game maps, and will also allow users to make purchases from the Playstation Store remotely, and let players watch shared gameplay streams.
This about sums up our current knowledge of the PS4, and we're excited to see the casing for all this exciting stuff coming this June 10th!
Playstation 4 Specs:
CPU - Low power consumption eight core x86-64 AMD "Jaguar"
GPU - 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon-based graphics engine
Memory - 8GB GDDR5 unified RAM
Storage - Hard Disk Drive (Size TBA)
Optical Drive - BD 6xCAV/DVD 8xCAV (read only)
Input/Output - USB 3.0, AUX
Communication - Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100 BASE-TX, 1000 BASE-T, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)
A/V - HDMI, Analog-AV out, digital output (optical)