20th Feburary 2013 the date Sony was teasing us with. Well the time has come where the most speculated gaming console PS4 was revealed(not really). The only thing that Sony revealed was this ->
Yes the PlayStation4 DualShock4 controller.
Now lets dig deep in:
- Two hour press conference described as a ‘pre-emptive strike’ on arch rival Microsoft
- Console expected to be available by Christmas
- Sony refused to show console, or reveal price
- Cameras mounted on TV can track the controller, and player, in 3D
- PS4 comes with new Playstation Cloud service to buy games online – which can be played as they download
Sony has demonstrated the PlayStation 4 console it claims is the ‘future of entertainment’ – but refused to show off the console itself or say when it will go on sale, or how much it will cost.
The struggling electronics giant hopes the next generation console will help it regain market share against Microsoft, which is yet to reveal plans for its new Xbox console – although both are expected to be on sale in time for Christmas.
The PlayStation 4 features dramatically increased graphics power, and a new controller with a built in touchpad. The new console was demonstrated during a two hour press conference in New York.
PLAYSTATION 4 FEATURES
The PS4’s main features include:
- New DualShock 4 controller with built in touchpad
- Dramatically improved graphics and processing power
- Based on same X86 chips used in desktop computer to help game developers
- 3D camera that can track the controller, and the player
- Games can also be played on Sony’s Vita handheld console
However, the firm came under fire for not revealing what the console looks like, with twiter users referring to the press conference as ‘the great PS4 scam’.
Presenters played games that were projected on screens in a converted opera house, but the PlayStations themselves were hidden backstage.
However, the firm claimed it wanted to focus on the games at the event.
‘I don’t know that the box is going to be something that’s going to have a dramatic impact on people’s feelings about the game,’ said Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, the U.S.-based arm of the PlayStation business.
‘It will be a color and a size fairly comparable to previous consoles,’
‘There’s a big story to tell here, and it’s going to take between now and the holiday season to get all the details out there,’ Tretton said in an interview.
Tretton said the price of the PS4 hasn’t been decided yet, but hinted that it wouldn’t be as high as the PlayStation 3 was initially.
The PS3 debuted in 2006 with two models for $500 and $600. It now sells for about $300 – the price some experts have claimed the PS4 will be sold at.
PS4’s lead system architect, Mark Cern, said ‘Nothing will come between the player, the platform, and the joy of the game.’
He showed off a new Dualshock 4 controller with a built in touchpad.
He said the fast new system will have a 8 gigabytes of memory and the new pad will give the gamer a ‘tighter sense of control’.
It also has a share button allowing players to easily compete against their friends, and even let friends take over their game.
Andrew House, head of PlayStation at Sony, said the company was ‘strengthening the PlayStation ecosystem through hardware and software… that, when combined, create truly magical experiences’.
He admitted ‘the stakes are high for what we’re going to show.’
Analyst Michael Gartenberg of Gartner said he could ‘Definitely see the appeal for hardcore gamers, although I suspect much of this could have been delivered on PS3.
‘Feeling evolution. Not revolution,’ he tweeted.
David Cage of Quantic Dream said that his team had managed to create faces almost indistinguishable from film using added power of the new console.
‘You can forget about technology, and focus on the emotion,’ he said.
‘We are pushing the boundaries into how games look and react,’ said Sony’s Andrew House.
‘Virtually every major third party developer will support Playstation 4.’
Firms that showed off games at the launch include Bungie, the creators of the Halo games, who revealed a new game called Destiny which a is a massive online world, while PC game developer Blizzard showed off the latest version of its popular Diablo game.
Here’s looking at you: A face created in real time on the new PS4 console by developers Quantic Dream
The computer generated face was shown moving and its programmers claim it can show far more emotion than any other game character.
The unveiling will excite millions of computer games fans across the world, and further fuel the on-going battle between Sony, Xbox 360 manufacturers Microsoft and Nintendo, the makers of the Wii system.
Since the first PlayStation console launched in December 1994, Sony has sold over 310 million home consoles worldwide, and 2.9 billion games.
The new Dualshock controller – the only piece of hardware Sony revealed during the two hour press conference
Mark Cerny, lead system architect for the Sony Playstation 4, shows off the new Dualshock 4 controller, which has a built in touchscreen controller
The new PS4 controller has a touchpad and a light sensor so it can be tracked by cameras on the console, allowing players to simply move it around to play games without having to press buttons
Console rival Microsoft is also believed to be gearing to launch its successor to the Xbox 360, which is codenamed Xbox Infinity, though it is understood the Windows giant is likely to delay announcement of the machine until the E3 show in June.
Observers expect both systems to be on the shelves in time for Christmas, which could mean a battle for supremacy between Microsoft and Sony as their next-generation consoles go head-to-head in the vital holiday season market.
Mark Cerny, lead system architect for the Sony Playstation 4, reveals the console has a completely redesigned interface
KillZone: Shadowfall, one of the first games to be shown off on the new PS4 system
However, many criticised the Japanese firm for refusing to give away details of the console’s appearance or price.
It was instantly panned online as ‘worst press conference ever’ – although experts say it could still be a hit.
Alex Simmons, UK Editor-in-Chief of IGN.com, said: ‘While the promise of a bombastic visual experience that rivals the best Hollywood has to offer, the real potential for PlayStation 4 is how it can bring something new to gaming.
‘If it can really deliver graphics so realistic that a human face, whose expressions tell a thousand stories without a word being spoken can bring real emotion to gaming.
‘The PlayStation 4 looks immensely powerful, and announced titles like Watch Dogs and Infamous: Second Son look fantastic, if what we saw was real, in-game content.
‘Thanks to the console’s shared DNA with current high performance PC components, developers have an exciting new system to create their games.
‘Gamers will be very keen to get their hands on the PlayStation 4.’
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