Sony Reveals the PlayStation 4

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

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Sony PlayStation 4

Speculation over Sony’s next home console has been going on for years. Today, the speculation is finally over as Sony Computer Entertainment revealed its newest console. So get your wallets ready for this holiday season as that is when they will be releasing the PlayStation 4.

PlayStation 4 Specs:

  • Main Processor
    Single-chip custom processor
    CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
    GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine
  • Memory
    GDDR5 8GB unified memory
  • Hard Disk Drive
    Built-in
  • Optical Drive (read only)
    BD 6xCAV
    DVD 8xCAV
  • I/O
    Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0) 、AUX
    Communication Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
    IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
    Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)
  • AV output
    HDMI
    Analog-AV out
    Digital Output (optical)

DualShock 4 Controller:

Sony PlayStation 4

  • Touchpad between the D-Pad and shape buttons.
  • The triggers are fixed
  • Share button for social interactions
  • Headphone jack
  • Designed with a stereo camera to track the 3D position of the controller

Games:

A number of games were revealed for the system, including a number of  third party games and games that have released/will release on other consoles.

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Top, from left to right: Deep Down and The Witness. Bottom: Infamous: Second Son and Destiny.
  • Knack
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • DriveClub
  • Infamous: Second Son
  • The Witness
  • Deep Down (Working Title) from Capcom
  • WatchDogs from Ubisoft
  • Diablo 3 from Blizzard
  • Destiny from Activision – there will be exclusive PS4 content

PlayStation 4

The Sony promise:

Sony has laid out a five point promise for the upcoming PS4:

  • Simple – Making development simple for the companies and easier to access for the player.
  • Immediate – Cutting downtime for the player in order to get back to playing. One aspect is being able to start playing games that you are still downloading.
  • Social – Being able to share videos and pictures with your friends on Facebook.
  • Integrated – Being able to play any game on any Sony device wherever you can.
  • Personalized – Your PS4 will track what you play and buy and suggest things, and prepare demos, for games before you even look for them.

Additional Apps:

  • Video Unlimited
  • Music Unlimited
  • Netflix
  • Amazon
  • …and many more.

PlayStation 4

Move:

Media Molecule showed off some very interesting new concepts that will be utilized by the Move controller. They announced that the features that they are currently working on will be great fun to create just about anything, and will be easily used by novices and adept people alike.

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Gaikai:

Integration of the Gaikai streaming service, which Sony had purchased last year. With it, you will be able to stream games, as well as save games, to this new cloud based service. This will eventually lead into the notion the Sony has “Everything Everywhere” which means that you will one day be able to use any digital Sony content on any of your Sony devices. The PlayStation 4 will not be backwards compatible but, with Sony’s Everything Everywhere plan, you will some day have access to your digital media on the PS4.

PlayStation 4 Meeting Share Button

Speaking of streaming capabilities, you will have the ability to capture and share your video game footage in real time on Ustream.

Additional features that Sony touched on included things like remote play, seamless transition between game playing and entering the store and many others. Remote play capabilities will be built into the architecture of the PlayStation 4.

Sony Meeting Remote Play Knack

So there you have it. The PlayStation 4 is unveiled. What are your thoughts on? Are you excited? Were you not impressed? Leave a comment below.

Note: This article will be updated periodically as more information is made available. Special thanks to manager Crystal Baltimore for helping with this article.

About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.




  • No price, no console, few new games. I’m underwhelmed.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      Not to mention they completely sidestepped the whole ‘not allowing used games’ thing, leaving us still completely in the dark about it.

    • Spookyryu

      I actually didn’t like some features I still prefer the wii u

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      It came out afterwards that used games will still be allowed.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      Yeah I found that out afterwards, thank you very much for replying though ^^

  • formerroadie

    I’m excited. I didn’t expect more than this from a non-convention event. E3 is going to be epic!

  • Kirill

    Well played Sony… well played.

  • fjurbanski

    I’m confused.. is this an add-on peripheral for the PS3? I didn’t see a console, so that must be the case… haha.

    A good conference, but a lot of scary unknowns (Are they ditching physical?? How fast does my internet connection need to be to utilize all this stuff?). The games shown weren’t all that interesting either.

    Killzone, whatever. Knack… looks like it’ll end up being the PS4’s Kameo. Deep Down, aka Dragon’s Dark Dogma Souls (Seriously, it’s probably a sequel to Dragon’s Dogma). Sqaure Enix basically gave us nothing and shouldn’t have been on stage. Watch Dogs is cool, but the just confirmed Wii U version will probably be my version of choice due to the Gamepad. Bungie didn’t show enough footage of Destiny for me to get excited, and just like Watch Dogs, there’s a chance that game comes out for Wii U. If so, that’s the system I’m buying it for.

    Media Molecule’s game looks amazing, except for when they busted out into a Wii Music-esque waggle concert. The sculpting will be so cool, though. Can’t wait to try that out.

    Still leagues ahead of the PS3 announcement, but my excitement just isn’t there.

    • Spookyryu

      I’m with you

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      The specs call for Blu-ray so I’m guessing there will be a physical side to the games.

    • fjurbanski

      Yeah, we found out it will use physical media sometime after I made this comment.

  • Sony’s PS4 Social Service smacks heavily of Miiverse. I’m not degrading it, mind you. It does have a few things over Miiverse, like the ability record gameplay footage, but Nintendo can easily add that.

  • Do I say it?
    Fine, nobody else has… 599 US dollars.
    All in all, a solid piece of kit… but that’s never what matters in console wars. It’s always been about the games.

    • crystal baltimore

      It looks to me like they offered some very nice games up in addition to a huge list of companies who will offer 3rd party support. I do expect the price to be a bit steep but you get what you pay for. 🙂

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      I was thinking somewhere between 400 and 450 for a basic version before the meeting. I’m still thinking in that range but more on the higher side.

  • start and select in that controller looks rather…awkward :I

  • crystal baltimore

    We are getting information that will handle some of the speculation going around about the used games. Expect an article soon. 🙂

    I was very happy with the Sony Meeting tonight. I love that they focused on GAMES and not a bunch of apps or anything. I think the hardware is looking to be very intense and will offer some amazing game play. The crazy thing is I was not expecting that big of a leap in the graphics. All in all I was impressed. I do have a renewed sense of excitement and enthusiasm for video games, which is a good thing to have being that I write about this stuff almost daily. 🙂

    To those that did not enjoy the meeting I am sorry and I hope that another company is able to offer you what you are looking for. I am very excited and will be purchasing a PS4 as soon as humanly possible. I hope you enjoy whatever console that gives you the most options that you crave.

  • 720>PS4

    Where were the games?

    1. Kiddie platformer
    2. Killzone sequel
    3. Generic racing game
    4. Infamous sequel
    5. Cool looking indie game (which he said was only timed exclusive)
    6. tech demo (from Beyond dev)
    7. Okay looking indie project
    8. Dragon Dogma 2 (probably multiplatform)
    9. Multiplatform game (Watch Dogs)
    10. tech demo (Square Enix – already seen at E3 2012)
    11. Two year old PC game (Diablo)
    12. Multiplatform game (Destiny)

    The only actual exclusive games we saw were Killzone, Drive Club, and Infamous