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First look and details on the PS4

PS4 controller

Sony announced the new PS4 at E3 and it appears they have looked at what Microsoft were offering with the XBoxOne and the problems people had with that.

First up, unlike the XBoxOne the PS4 has no online requirements or used games DRM. It is also region free. It will cost US$ 399 ($100 less than the XBoxOne), Canada$ 399, € 399, and £ 349. It is available for pre-order.

The video below shows how you can share your games on the PS4.

PS4 has a 500GB hard drive which, like the PS3, will be upgradeable.

PlayStation®4 (PS4™) (CUH-1000A series) computer entertainment system will come in “Jet Black” color and will be available this holiday season in North America and Europe at a recommended retail price (RRP) of US$ 399, Canada$ 399, € 399, and £ 349.

The design of PS4 made its public debut at the PlayStation® press conference on June 10, 2013, which kicked off the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. PS4 will also be displayed this week at the Sony Computer Entertainment America booth at E3, one of the world’s largest video game exhibitions.

The internal design architecture of the PS4 system, from the optical drive and power supply unit to the cooling mechanism, has been pursed to keep the body as slim and light as possible to dramatically enhance the flexibility of the design.
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PlayStation 4 news and trailer. Still no idea what it looks like

PS4 controller

Last night Sony had a two hour event about the PlayStation 4 (PS4) yet they did not actually show the new console. Lots of developers spoke about the new console. Games were talked about and shown (as seen in the trailer below), but no sign of the PS4.

It was seven years ago that the PS3 was released so lots of time for things to change.

Here are some details on the new PS4 which is due out in “Holiday 2013.”

ps4-specs

  • It has an x86 processor
  • An 8-core combined CPU/GPU
  • 8 GB of RAM (16x More RAM Than PS3 or Xbox 360. The PS3 had 512 MB)
  • It will have a local HDD

Sadly there is no no PS3 backwards compatibility. They announced thePlayStation Cloud which mean you can stream access to old titles without the need for disc. However, they did not say if you would have to buy the game again if you already owned it on disc.

They did show the new controller – the DualShock 4. Looking a lot like the previous controller it has a touchpad in the middle, a share button, a headphone jack, and a light bar to track movement with a PlayStation Move-style controller.

Games will be “instantly” bootable from sleep, and a secondary processor will handle downloading games in the background, giving you the ability to actually play games while they’re being transferred from Sony’s servers to your PS4.

A dedicated video-processing chip will let you stream video from your gaming session without leaving your session, sharable straight from a social-oriented button on your controller.

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PlayStation 4 out before Christmas?

PS4It looks as if this Christmas may see many of us playing on a new PS4 if new reports are accurate.

Sony Corp. is planning to unveil its next-generation home videogame console during a February event, showing off a successor to its current PlayStation 3 system.

The Japanese electronics giant unveiled plans for a special PlayStation-themed event set for Feb. 20, teasing fans to “see the future” at the event. People familiar with the matter have said the new device will make its debut there, beating Microsoft Corp. to the punch in announcing its own next-generation game machine.

Sony’s device will be released later this year, these people said, and will spar against Microsoft’s own machine, which is also expected to be released by the holidays.

Sony’s updated console’s arrival comes as the console videogame industry has entered a tailspin. Sales of new videogames, consoles and accessories at U.S. retail shops fell 22% in December when compared with the same time a year prior, according to surveys by industry watcher NPD Group.

Sony is planning to incorporate more social gaming aspects into the new machine, people familiar with the matter said. Also, while hardware improvements were a key focus of past console upgrades, Sony is more focused this time on the changes in how users interact with the machine, these people said.

When developing the PlayStation, Sony had considered removing its optical disk drive, opting instead to require gamers to download titles over the Internet, people familiar with the matter said. But concerns over the size of videogame files, and slow Web connections in some countries led Sony to scrap the plan, they added. Microsoft made a similar decision for its console as well.

Source: Wall Street Journal