Earlier this year, Sony has unveiled its next video game console in the Playstation series – the Playstation 4. Not until when it comes out on the last quarter of this year will we be able to see what it has got to do, but we can’t wait till then, can we?
Of course, as an upgrade to the previous PS3, the PS4 will be armed with more impressive specifications. First off, it will be the first in the Sony series that will utilize an eight-core X86 AMD Jaguar CPU instruction set, which is a common platform in many PCs. With this, Sony aims attract more video game developers and to make their jobs easier. Another commendable thing this console has to offer is an 8GB memory and a faster Blu-ray disk drive. Yes, the PS4 can play DVDs as well. It has a hard-drive storage (instead of an SSD), three USB 3.0 ports, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Ethernet, HDMI, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 1.84-teraflop AMD Radeon graphics engine for a much clearer picture. It even promises a minimized lag time when it comes to downloading content that can even be played while they are downloaded.
Its DualShock 4 controller has promised enhanced vibrations, a touch pad, and even a “Share” button which will allow you to upload screenshots and other information regarding your gameplay for other players as well. It will be like a social gaming network, a feature largely inspired by PC gaming.
Also using the Gaikai technology, which is something that Sony has acquired last year, the PS4 will feature a streaming game technology, allowing users for a demo play before purchasing a game. This is certainly a first time for a video game console.
The PS4 Eye has also been innovated to a two 1280x800px cameras that will come close to the Microsoft Kinect in the depth-sensing area.
Sony has also discussed the possibility of remote play, which will allow the user a second-screen gaming with the use of the PlayStation Vita. Although the company has not shown a demonstration of this yet, it has promised that transmission times will be improved between these two game machines.
Moreover, a possibility of a PlayStation app was also vaguely presented – a feature that will make gaming accessible even through smartphones and tablets and will make integrated gaming available wherever you go.
Games such as the Killzone Shadow Fall, Driveclub, Infamous: Second Son, and The Witness were the ones shown for preview during the announcement of PS4. They reveal more impressive graphics and an easier sharing of video footage with the use of the PS4.
The PS4 seems to be the next generation of gaming, yet many have said its advancement doesn’t seem to be too advanced from Sony’s PS3. And as long as we’re not given a clearer picture of it yet, it may still be a little too early to tell.