Everything Known About Sony’s Playstation 4 (So Far) [Photo]
On February 20th Sony officially announced the existence of it’s next console, the Playstaion 4. Mark Cerny, a well respected game developer, has been involved in the console’s creation and gave the initial briefing on the specs and new operating system features. Since then additional information has hit the web so here’s everything we know so far.
Sony’s console is said to be a dream machine for developers using a familiar 8 core 64-bit x86 architecture, an AMD “Jaguar” CPU, and a 1.84 TFLOP Radeon GPU. It uses a 6X Blu-ray drive, 802.11m Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, optical out, HDMI and analog AV outs. Internal storage has yet to be detailed, It’s likely the console will sell in different skews so storage amounts may not be finalized yet. What’s most important to take away from all the tech talk, is that this thing is powerful, and it makes developers happy by being far more easy to work with than the Playstaion 3’s cell processor.
In terms of features the big news is the “Share” button on the controller, which allows users to upload clips of gameplay to the internet. So far only U-Stream and Facebook have been confirmed as integrated. The console will record the last 15 minutes of gameplay and allows for editing and screen shots to be selected before upload. The rest of their feature set is more conceptual and probably won’t be available on day one. But they are hoping to use Gakai, a game streaming company purchased by Sony earlier last year to bring the entire PS1, PS2, and PS3 back catalog to the PS4 as a Netflix-esque instant streaming service. The Playstation Vita, Sony’s handheld device, was also said to be an integral part of the PS4’s appeal as you’ll be able to stream anything you play on the big console to the handheld similar to the Wii-U’s gamepad.
Sony’s console so far sounds very promising, we haven’t gotten a look at the actual box yet, but it’s doubtful there’s much they could do aesthetically to kill the excitement once it is revealed. News is expected to trickle out slowly until E3 in June when they’re likely to show a lot more.