As everyone was expecting the PS4 was revealed yesterday in New York at the Sony event. Looks like news are really good for gamers and for developers, too.
Sony spoke to developers and used their feedback to construct a new system which would enable development, not complicate it, using familiar components. The new console will be PC-like to develop for, with 8GB of RAM and almost two teraflops of power.
Also produced in conjunction with developer feedback comes the DualShock 4. The controller has improved triggers, sticks and rumble; reduced latency and a headphone jack. It includes a touch pad and a motion sensor, and partners with a camera, the next generation of the PlayStation Eye.
It should feature a customizable “Move-like” light on the back, too.
The new console will have a “lower power state” which can be initiated or cancelled with a single button press. It can be triggered in-game, with play state preserved in RAM. This state can be used to update the system while in stand-by and recharge the controller’s batteries while the console is turned off. Digital games can be played even as they are being downloaded. Sony claims that this state will allow to start the console with practically no loading time.
Regarding the “social” aspect of the experience, players can spectate others’ play over a network. Facebook and Ustream were mentioned, with the possibility of recording and streaming actual gameplay footage while playing.
Developers will be able too implement systems where players can donate items to others. The network will also learn from the player, using metrics to determine and suggest what kind of games you might like.
The Vita Remote Play system for the PS4, like the Wii U’s Game Pad, will be able to stream games directly to the handheld, allowing you to play while your TV is busy elsewhere.
Sony has fully greenlit a project to make every PlayStation 1, 2, 3 games playable via PlayStation Cloud, a service accessible from all PlayStation devices. It will be rolled out in phases.
If right now you like a particular franchise, expect to see the sequel on the next generation machine. The announcement claims the system will be shipped to the public by the end of 2013.
All these news are pretty spectacular and exciting; everything we wanted to hear. For this, I can’t wait for further explanation. Until then, I’m very excited for what’s to come, but I’m still watching you, Sony.