Finally that moment is here. We’ve been hearing gamers and developers alike rant about how we need to move on to the next generation of consoles. Well folks, Sony has listened to you. The company has announced its next generation video gaming console, the PlayStation 4. And is specs are anything to go by, you won’t have to worry about games not reaching their full graphic capabilities, at least for a long long time.
According to Mark Cerny, the lead system architect, “the development of a next-gen platform started about five years ago” with an aim of “freeing developers from technological barriers.” Looking at the specs we agree. In terms of shear raw power, the Play Station 4 comes with an 8-core x86 CPU that is capable of 2 teraflops of computational performance, a HDD and 8GB of DDR5 RAM. The console features the DualShock 4 controller, looking similar to what was leaked a few days ago. It comes with a touch-pad and a light bar to identify players via a 3D camera on the console.
But that isn’t all. Next gen hardware is only a part of the deal. The PS4 can pause and resume mid-game by just pressing the power button. A secondary chip will manage game uploads and downloads even when the console is turned off. Not only that but the console will also allow you to play a game while you’re still downloading it.
Sony’s acquisition of Gaikai has not been for nothing. The service will be used for streaming run demos on PS4 and also for running older gen PlayStation games on the console. The PS4 will also feature ‘Remote Play’ that will allow gamers to stream the game on the PS Vita. This is something similar to what we’ve seen in the Wii U.
Sony didn’t reveal the console or give details about other hardware specs. Some of the games that would be hitting the console pretty soon include Diablo 3, Final fantasy, Killzon Shadow Fall and Bungie’s Destiny. The console itself is expected to be available in Holiday 2013.