After years, months, and weeks of rumors and speculation, the PlayStation 4 is here and it came with a bang. The conference opened with the announcing of the system and it’s slated holiday 2013 release date. However, no image or physical console was shown at the conference. The announcement was followed up by the specs of theÂ hardwareÂ that would be included under the hood in the PlayStation 4.
Lead system architect on the PlayStation 4, Mark Cerny, said that “the development of a next-gen platform started about five years ago” and the consoleÂ definitely shows five years of work in it. Cerny said the PlayStation 4 is “like a PC, but supercharged.” The PS4 will be sporting an amazingÂ 8-core AMD “Jaguar” x86-64 with integrated graphics APU, 8GB ofÂ GDDR5 RAM, which can mainly be found in the top-of-the-line graphic cardsÂ and “next-gen” AMD Radeon graphics processor capable of processing at 1.84 teraflops. Like the PS3, the Ps4 will ship with aÂ Blu-ray drive, built-in 80.211 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, Analog-AV, and optical digital output.
To compliment the PS4, SonyÂ unveiledÂ the new DualShock 4 controller. Which still retains the basic layout from the DualShock 3 but now has a touchÂ controlledÂ pad similar to the rear touch pad of the PS Vita. The DualShock 4 feature is the share button on the controller. Once pressed, players can send a clip and screenshots from the game they are playing to friends, upload to Facebook, Ustream and the PlayStation Network. The new controller uses a 3D stereo camera to track theÂ positionÂ of the controller. Along with all of these newÂ featuresÂ there will also be a light bar that Cerny says is a “”more friendly way to identify players” and a headphone jack.
After the tech and hardware was over, the conference turned up theÂ excitementÂ andÂ revealed 10 launch titles for the PS4 including the debut of the Unreal 4 engine. Popular titles like Killzone and Infamous are making their way onto the next platform with Killzone Shadow Fall and Infamous Second Son. But out of all the game two notable ones seem to take a direct aim at Microsoft. Drive Club, a next-gen racing simulator seems to be Sony’s new and improved Gran Turismo and will take on Forza Motorsport this next generation. Also, Bungie made anÂ appearanceÂ at the conference to showcase their new game Destiny. Bungie and Microsoft severed their partnership back in 2007 and Bungie made that clear when they announced that PS4 players would be getting exclusive Â DLC content for Destiny. A bit of a back hand to Microsoft. Other games like Watch Dogs, and brand new titles were demoed and announced as well.
But one of the most surprising announcements was from the ruler of the PC market, Blizzard. Blizzard announced that they would be starting their partnership with Sony and will be releasing Diablo III for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 3 later this year.
No official pricing has been set for the console, but rumors have indicated that gamers could see a $429.99 and $529.99 price tag. The next-generation of consoles has begun. Sony has fired the first shot and it will be interesting to see what Microsoft will be bringing to the table in the next coming months.