Last week at the Sony PlayStation Meeting press conference, the long-awaited PlayStation 4 has been announced! Despite the numerous opinions in the network, the name will be very simple and so dear to the fans’ hearts. Throughout the three-hour presentation there being said a lot, but we will tell only about the most important and interesting moments. The entire presentation you can see in the video below.
All news can be divided into several conditional blocks:
Entry and the console’s series development history;
The announcement and specifications of Sony PlayStation 4;
Demonstration of the console capabilities;
Gaikai cloud service;
New Sony PlayStation 4 games and projects (info and presentations).
The console appearance has remained a mystery (the final design has not been accepted yet), and we hope that we will see it at least at E3. But the creators showed the new DualShock 4 controller and improved PlayStation Eye.
The hardware part
The 8-core AMD x86-64 “Jaguar” generation processor that will replace the outdated Cell, lie in the heart of the new Japanese toy. The additional co-processor, which will deal with the data processing associated with games’ uploading, streaming, social elements and other activities not related to gameplay, which we will discuss later will have the same system.
AMD will supply teraflops processors for the next generation graphics cards “Graphics Core Next” (GCN) that are required for maximum gaming realism.
Also there will be 8 GB GDDR5 RAM with speed 176 Gb / s, that is dynamically shared between the main CPU and the graphics card. This speed will allow Sony PlayStation 4 to have a hibernation mode similar to PC one!
The hard drive became another secret, because its size and functionality are still unknown, although the developers claim that there will be more than enough space, considering the fact that now there is no need to have a lot of games on the hard drive owing to Gaikai. The total productivity of PlayStation 4 - 1.84 teraflops, was demonstrated at the Unreal Engine 4 technology demo games, in which it revealed the results that are not worse than the advanced GeForce GTX 680 has.
Among other new features Sony showed the DualShock 4, the screens of which we have published earlier, and the PlayStation Eye.
The gamepad ergonomics has some little changes - the sensor system replaced archaic buttons. The familiar "Start" and "Select" are now combined into one functional "Options", and also we have a new button "Share", it will either start a stream or publish the last few gameplay minutes in your Facebook feed or open the cloud services, without affecting on the gaming process. Instead of the Sony’ logo we can see a small touch pad that perceives up to 2 clicks at the same time now, and also there is a strip of LEDs, similar to the same in PlayStation Move, which will have unique options paired with PlayStation Eye camera.
PlayStation Eye now has two full-frame lenses with 1280x800 resolution and 85 degrees viewing angle. The device recognizes the human and separates it from the background, for a more accurate and rapid response to the slightest movements.
The head of the Gaikai cloud services department, David Perry, spoke about the new PlayStation Network. Now there's no need to wait when the game’s demo version will be downloaded, or regret about your favorite hits from PlayStation 1-2-3, you just go to the cloud and run the one you're interested in, and also there you can open an interesting stream, accept an invitation to co-op or just arrange a conference with your online friends.
Sony Worldwide Studios president, Shuhei Yoshida, said the company decided to abandon a permanent Internet connection, and made all online services are disableable, and also he said:
"We will try to do so that you won’t have any desire to leave the network"
PlayStation 4 Specifications:
CPU: 8 core processor AMD x86-64 generation Jaguar;
GPU: 1.84 teraflops AMD processor-based architecture Graphics Core Next (GCN) the next generation;
Memory: 8 GB of shared memory GDDR5, dynamically shared the tasks of the CPU and GPU;
Drives: Optical drive DVD / Blu-Ray and high capacity hard drive.
four-port USB 3.0;
AUX output to the periphery;
Ethernet controller with 1/10/100 Gbps connection;
Wi-Fi standard 802.11 b / g / n;
one digital and one analog AV-out;
one HDMI port;
optical output Digital Output.
Dimensions: 162 mm x 52 mm x 98 mm (length, height, width);
Weight: 210 grams;
Buttons: PlayStation, «Share» (Share), «Options» (Options), R1/L1/R2/L2, left stick, L3, right stick, R3, touch screen, action buttons and navigation buttons;
Sensors: six-axis motion sensor (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer);
Other features: vibration, lighting, speaker, the opportunity to Lion-battery 1000 mAh;
Ports: 1 micro-USB port, expansion port, stereo output port;
Wireless: via Bluetooth.
PlayStation 4 Eye:
Dimensions: 186 mm x 27 mm x 27 mm (length, height, width);
Weight: 183 grams;
Camera settings: Two cameras with motion capture. Maximum resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels.
Capture video: at 1280 x 800 resolution 60 FPS, 640 x 400 pixels 120 FPS, 320x192 pixels 240 FPS;
Video format: RAW, YUV (uncompressed);
The parameters of the lens of each camera: a lens with a fixed focal length of F2.0 and angle 85 degrees;
Microphones: four microphones in the corners of boxes.