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Posted by Foxi4 on Thu, February 21st, 2013 at 17:42 - 38 Comments
 
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[User Posted Image]PlayStation 4 Announced!
February 20th Live Stream Details


Another generation goes by and with the increasing difficulties in creating and porting games to the XBox 360 and the PS3, the demand for Next Generation consoles that could compete with Nintendo's WiiU is rising.

For quite some time Sony have been hyping up the February 20th Live Stream, promising to show us the future of console gaming as we know it. Many have speculated that this is the date they will announce the new PlayStation, specs sheets were "leaked" into the Internet but everything so far has been taken with a grain of salt... until last night.

The PlayStation 4 has indeed been annouced, alongside a myriad of video games and Next Generation game engines. Have Sony delivered on their promise of showing us the future? Let's find out together while reading this presentation re-cap!
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Foxi4 Poland

  Thu, February 21st, 2013 at 17:42
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So... what's playing in the new PlayStation?


The hardware of the PlayStation 4 has been described as a "Supercharged PC", and with good reasons as you will see below:

CPU: 8-Core AMD "Jaguar" x86 64-bit
GPU: On-die Radeon GPU with 18 "compute units", 1.84 TFLOPS with GPGPU Functionality
RAM: 8GB Shared GDDR5 Memory (Bandwidth of 176GB/sec)
Optical Drive: BluRay x6 (DVD x8)
Storage: Local HDD Drive
Additional Features: Dedicated Downloads and Video/Encoding chips for live streaming, Downloading in the background even as you play the game and uploading gameplay video

These specs are pretty strong considering the fact that it's a console. The biggest suprise most people seem to note is the use of GDDR5 memory which is normally associated with graphics cards rather than RAM - it's sure to grealy decrease loading times. The PlayStation 4 will be able to output video games in HD and other content in up to 4K.


Touch Generation?


The new Dual Shock controller differs slightly from the ones we've seen previously. The first and obvious difference is the light atop the controller used for player recognition. Secondly we see the touchpad in the middle of the controller which is compatible with two-point gestures. Thirdly, we can see a speaker on the face of the controller. Finally, some of the buttons, namely Start and Select are missing, replaced with the all-new Share button used for social interactions including video sharing and the Options button. The "PlayStation" button remained where it used to be.


I spy with my little eye...


The PlayStation 4 was presented with the new PlayStation 4 Eye, very much similar to the Kinect in functionality:
  • Twin 1280x800@60FPS cameras (640x480@120FPS, 320x192@240FPS) capable of depth and body motion detection
  • Four microphones array with the capacity of searching for the sound source
  • 85-degrees Field of View
  • Enhanced PSMove support
  • Facial recognition, including Face Login
  • Voice control, much like with the Kinect
  • AR Card Compatibility
  • Player recognition (hence the lights on each Dual Shock 4 controller)






Alright, but what about the games?

Games will come on BluRay discs as in the previous generation as well as in form of PSN Downloads or, and this is a new one, via Gaikai streaming. As far as the digital sides of things is concerned, the console is designed to predict your future purchases based on your preferences and "pre-download" small sections of the game so that you can start playing right away without having to wait for the Download process to complete. This is achieved by a separate chip dedicated to Downloading alone. The integration of Gaikai technology will also allow for "Try before you buy" functionality so that you can play any game available in the store for a limited period of time before making your purchase without having to download anything. Despite the earlier rumours, the PlayStation 4 will in fact support used games.

Another special chip will deal strictly with Video which you can then share in the Cloud using the Share button. Gamers will also be able to spectate in other player's games, communicate with them join in if invited or even control certain game elements using the Director function. The large amount of RAM will allow for suspending gameplay states - switching to Suspend will save the entire game state to the on-board memory so that you can resume where you left off whenever you want. The forementioned Gaikai technology will allow players to continue playing on their smart devices such as phones or tablets, the prefered device for this mode will be the PSVita - this functionality was called PlayStation Second Screen





This approach was called Integrated Gaming - it aims at including your PlayStation experience wherever, whenever you are. Unlike in the previous generation, Remote Play is an integral part of the system rather than particular games and will be available for all of the PS4 content. The PlayStation 4 is not backwards-compatible, however streaming of PS1/PS2/PS3 titles is being actively developed by the Gaikai Team. The fast speed of the on-board memory is said to reduce the loading times to practically zero. There is also a high number of social interactivity within the framework which is geared towards making gaming an experience best enjoyed among friends.


...are the developers on-board though?


Very much so - a large number of developers pledged to support the device and signed contracts with Sony, so a constant flow of content should not be an issue - after all, Sony asked the developers what exactly they expected from their new console so all-in-all, this is partially their creation.


Interestingly enough, we can see Blizzard among the developers. On-stage, a Blizzard representative stated that they've always wanted to return to console development as those were their humble beginnings and the PlayStation 4 is a fantastic opportunity to make that step. They will be porting over Diablo III with exclusive PlayStation 4 content including a Split-Screen feature for local multiplayer of up to four players. As the representative said, they wanted "One Couch to Rule them All" and implementing this idea was their core goal


What about Multimedia?


Outside of the usual DVD and BluRay support, the PlayStation 4 will have strong support from various streaming websites:


With that kind of support you can be sure that the new PlayStation will quickly become an integral part of your living room.


What's the UI like?


Fully customizable. One of the main focuses when developing the PlayStation 4's ecosystem was a user experience which can be shaped to the player's personal liking. Everything from the Menu's to the Store and Adverts is actively influenced by what and how you play, what you want to see and what you wish to ignore.


That's all fun and dandy, but probably better with friends...


Another forementioned focus during development were social features which are now more developed and more integrated than ever, from detailed personal profiles through video streaming and uploading to active participation in other people's games via the Director feaure as well as spectating and chatting with other players as they play.







PS4 Has No Gaems?

Actually, PlayStation 4 already has some games - here are the ones shown on the stream:

Killzone: Shadow Fall


Knack


Drive Club


InFAMOUS: Second Son


Witness (Timed Exclusive by the developer of "Braid)


Deep Down (Working Title)


Watch_Dogs


Destiny


Unreal Engine 4 Tech Demo: Elemental


Agni's Philosophy (Square-Enix's Tech Demo from E3 2012, now running on the PlayStation 4)


Games Confirmed but not shown yet or confirmed post-presentation:

  • Diablo III
  • The Witcher 3
  • A Final Fantasy game (to be showcased on E3)



Alright, I want to see the whole thing now!

You can see the entire presentation and more on PlayStation's Youtube Channel.


Full Replay of the Live Stream (2 hours and 5 minutes)


When? Tell me when!

Holidays 2013. It's rumoured that it will cost $429 for the Base Model and $529 for the Elite one. That's all we know. :)


I hope you all enjoyed the article, I strongly encourage everyone to discuss!

Additional Sources: Engadget, Google Images Search, Kotaku, Eurogamer

This post has been edited by Foxi4, Fri, February 22nd, 2013 at 09:59
 
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Kon-Tiki Belgium

  Thu, February 21st, 2013 at 18:53
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But can it play Mario Galaxy?
 
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Athmel United States

  Thu, February 21st, 2013 at 19:23
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Watch Dogs looks nice, I'm also interested in InFamous; but only for story related reasons. I will not be sharing my experiences, even if that means I am anti-social.
 
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Athmel on Thu, February 21st, 2013 at 19:23 GMT  
Watch Dogs looks nice, I'm also interested in InFamous; but only for story related reasons. I will not be sharing my experiences, even if that means I am anti-social.


Don't worry. You're anti-social even if you'd be sharing your experiences :yaylite:
 
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  Thu, February 21st, 2013 at 19:50
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Kon-Tiki on Thu, February 21st, 2013 at 19:28 GMT  
Athmel on Thu, February 21st, 2013 at 19:23 GMT  
Watch Dogs looks nice, I'm also interested in InFamous; but only for story related reasons. I will not be sharing my experiences, even if that means I am anti-social.


Don't worry. You're anti-social even if you'd be sharing your experiences :yaylite:


Well, I could upload upskirt screenshots/videos of characters when the opportunities present themselves. There will be jiggle physics as well.


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however streaming of PS1/PS2/PS3 titles is being actively developed by the Gaikai Team.

Ni no Kuni is 22GB's. They're going to stream stuff like that?



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Twin 1280x800@60FPS cameras (640x480@120FPS, 320x192@240FPS) capable of depth and body motion detection
Four microphones array with the capacity of searching for the sound source
85-degrees Field of View
Enhanced PSMove support
Facial recognition, including Face Login
Voice control, much like with the Kinect
AR Card Compatibility
Player recognition (hence the lights on each Dual Shock 4 controller)


Some of that stuff reminds of this
Xbox Kinect
 
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Athmel on Thu, February 21st, 2013 at 19:50 GMT  
Kon-Tiki on Thu, February 21st, 2013 at 19:28 GMT  
Athmel on Thu, February 21st, 2013 at 19:23 GMT  
Watch Dogs looks nice, I'm also interested in InFamous; but only for story related reasons. I will not be sharing my experiences, even if that means I am anti-social.


Don't worry. You're anti-social even if you'd be sharing your experiences :yaylite:


Well, I could upload upskirt screenshots/videos of characters when the opportunities present themselves. There will be jiggle physics as well.

If you can do that of Bowser on the PS4, you'll forever be my hero helloooo
 
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Athmel on Thu, February 21st, 2013 at 19:50 GMT  
Ni no Kuni is 22GB's. They're going to stream stuff like that?
The game will be "played" on an external "super-server" which will receive gamepad input information and send back sound and video in response - it doesn't matter how big the game is or for what system it was originally developed for. :)

Gaikai used to be an OnLive-like service which Sony bought recently. Their technology now powers instant game streaming from PSN Servers as well as streaming content from your own PS4, in which case the system itself becomes a server.

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Athmel on Thu, February 21st, 2013 at 19:50 GMT  
Ni no Kuni is 22GB's. They're going to stream stuff like that?

I've read about that game some time ago. Looks awesome. That's actually a reason to be a bit more tolerant of you traitors, as I can understand wanting to play that.
 
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Tibia821 Germany

  Thu, February 21st, 2013 at 21:06
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uhm no start/select button but a share button? Ok maybe the start and Select button will be on the touch screen but still what if it breaks? YOU NEVER GONNA PAUSE AGAIN!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
and why does the Menu look like my Windows 8 Metro?
I like Windows 8 but Sony is copying again D:

And don't forget your Kinect Copy
Thought we would forget did ya?

I always thought Playstation was the more Hardcore Side of the Gaming Franchise (that i don't like, at least i don't like the People behind Sony)
but now they are heading for Social Gaming? I already see it coming

Facebook

XXXPussySlayer1337XXX has shared a Photo
description: Lol u fags luk at mah skills i headshot ur mum while doing her! lululululululul go get a life yo homos!

Yeah... The Gaming Era is heading in the right Direction with this... *looses faith*

OH! and don't forget that we did not implement Backwards compatibility just for our fans <3

I really hoped for something Fresh and New that is Innovating at the same time this time around... well my last hope stands on Microsoft if they don't do something new then i Guess my money will stay on the Side of PC Gaming and Nintendo. And feel free to Stab me if you want i wont run away ^^
 
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