Sony Playstation 4: News, reviews, price, rumours and release date
The latest info on Sony PS4 rumours, specs, release date and price
Sony finally revealed its plans for the PlayStation 4 next-generation console at New York’s Manhattan Centre in February. While we’ve yet to see the actually console itself, we are now privy to a host of spec details, launch titles, and some info on the new controller.
With Microsoft confirming their presence at E3 it seems almost certain that Sony will want to unveil what the new PS4 actually looks like at the gaming convention in order to try and divert some of the attention away from Microsofts highly-anticipated Xbox 720.
A number of gaming developers have confirmed that they will be releasing games on both the PS4 and on current-generation consoles including Ubisoft who have confirmed both Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and Watchdogs will be available on both.
Sony PS4 – specs
On stage at the launch event, Sony group CEO Andrew House described the PS4 as the “foundation of our next generation platform” – claiming that the console will give players “experiences that surpass [their] wildest expectations. It’s also been described as “like a PC, only supercharged”.
That all sounds lovely – but what about some cold hard specs?
CPU: single-chip custom processor, x86-64 AMD "Jaguar," 8 cores
GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon-based graphics engine
Memory: 8GB GDDR5
Built-in hard disk drive (Sony didn't specify how big the hard drive will be)
6X Blu-Ray Drive, 8X DVD
USB 3 and Auxiliary ports (Sony didn't specify how many ports)
Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11 B/G/N built-in WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1
HDMI, Analog-AV, and digital optical outputs
Industry analysts say that they don’t expect to see one until the E3 gaming expo this June.
Doom creator and PC gaming wizard John Carmack said: "I can't speak freely about PS4, but now that some specs have been made public, I can say that Sony made wise engineering choices.” So there you go.
Sony PS4 – controller
The only piece of kit that was on show was the new PS4 controller – which features a touchpad interface where the Start and Select buttons previously appeared and a 3D tracking light panel.
The main addition to the controller is the ‘Share’ button, which lets you record, edit and upload gaming footage and share it online with their friends.
‘Second screen’ is a term getting banded about gaming types a lot at the moment. The PS4’s answer: The PS Vita will double as an extra interface for the console, as will your iOS or Android-powered smartphone.
Sony PS4 – social gaming
A lot of the PS4’s ethos is around the ‘connected generation’ – those that are rarely off Facebook, Twitter and the like.
The PS4 wants to give you social media through a gaming filter – by letting you watch friends games in progress, offer tips and recommendations and even take control of their game, like an IT guy remotely fixing your PC.
The new look PSN page even looks a bit Facebook.
The now Sony owned cloud gaming operation Gaikai also ties into this, offering streaming demos.
You’ll also be able to play each PS4 title through digital download or cloud streaming. How much strain that would put on Gaikai’s server firms – let alone how good the service would be on the UK’s less that world class internet connections, remains to be seen.
Sony PS4 – release date
Ubisoft has heavily hinted that the Sony PlayStation 4 would be launching on November 22nd after it revealed that its blockbuster game Watchdogs would be launching first on the next-generation console.