PlayStation 4 Announced
Posted by Adam Larck on 02.20.2013
New system will use Gaikai streaming.
It shouldn't come as a surprise, but Sony has announced the PlayStation 4 at their press conference tonight.
The PS4 will feature the ability to stream games from the PS4 to the Vita via the Gaikai service to play on the go. The system will feature an X86 CPU, Enhanced PC GPU and 8GB of unified memory, not counting the HDD. The PS4 can also now download updates in the background, a feature lacking on the PS3. Downloaded games can also be started after a quick download while the rest of the game uses the background download feature.
The only backwards compatibility mentioned is that Gaikai will be able to stream PS1, PS2 and PS3 titles, making it sound like the PS4 won't be able to play any previous system games.
As far as the controller goes, early prototypes shown off were spot on. The Dualshock 4 has the touchpad on front, along with a "share" button to capture gameplay segments to show off to friends. The controller also features a headphone jack and a light bar that can be used with a stereo camera peripheral to track the controller movement similar to the PlayStation Move.
The conference ended with no reveal of what the system will look like, no price point and a winter release window.
As far as games go, new IP Knack and Killzone Shadow Fall were announced, along with Driveclub from Evolution Studios. Sucker Punch also announced an exclusive PS4 game, Infamous: Second Son. Another game that will debut on the PS4 is The Witness from Jonathan Blow and a new studio he formed after his last game, Braid.
Quantum Theory also showed off a new tech demo of what the system will be able to do with high end character design models.
Moving to third party developers, Capcom unveiled a new engine called Panta Rhei, which their new IP Deep Down (working title) will use. Square Enix is also developing a new Final Fantasy title for the system, but it won't be revealed until E3. Another third party title that isn't a surprise is Watch Dogs, which Ubisoft showed off at last year's E3 but wouldn't announce a system for.
In a surprise announcement, Blizzard has announced that they are going to "take over the world" with a Sony partnership. Joking aside, Diablo 3 will be launched on both the PS4 and PS3. It will feature four-player co-op, with more being shown at PAX East. Activision followed them out with some more details shown for Destiny. The game will be on PS3 and PS4 as well, and Bungie announced extra content will be made for the PlayStation community as well.
Look for trailers and screens of the games to be on the site later when they're uploaded online.