PlayStation 4 AnnouncementWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In what was the most anticipated gaming conference in years, Sony officially announced the PlayStation 4 this past February 20. 2013 marks the arrival of the next entries into the next generation of consoles, as much as Nintendo would tell you otherwise. Sony hosted a two-hour conference in New York City in front of 1,200 attendees and gave a glimpse on the vision of their next hardware and showing off a few games in the process.
Sony revealed the PlayStation 4 was being built like super-charged PC and it would be painless experience for developers to realize their visions on the system. Much of the conference focused on how developers had a heavy influence on how the console was engineered. The gaming world was pleasantly shocked to find out that the gaming machine would have 8GBs of GDDR5 RAM, an extremely cutting edge piece of technology and that it would be in abundance. Specifics on GPU and CPU remain unknown to the public, but will likely be known as the launch nears
The DualShock 4 controller was revealed to now include a touch sensitive pad, similar to that on the PlayStation Vita, and a new share button. The new button will allow gamers to record gaming footage instantly as well as easily connect friends together online. Sony revealed a few in-game demos of first party titles, including the latest from the Killzone franchise. The title was easily the most visually impressive game the public has seen and shows much promise for the PlayStation 4’s future. Several game engines were shown including Unreal Engine 4, Unreal Engine 3 dominated titles for this generation and its successor will likely do the same.
Most surprising about the conference was the fact that Sony did not actually show what the PlayStation 4 looked like. I do not recall the last time there was a conference for an electronic item that was not even shown. This is likely due to the fact that PlayStation 4 is not due for release till the holidays of this year and they did not want to reveal all their cards just yet, with Microsoft yet to introduce their console. The price point is still unknown but with the impressive technology under the hood of the PlayStation 4 I predict the console will be no less then $399.99.