It is a pretty big week for tech unveiling this week, as HTC just unveiled the One, and now Sony has unveiled the Playstation 4 (PS 4). I have been hearing about this for a long time, and have reported on a few rumors about them.
They finally made it official with a press event in New York, and it will feature some improved graphics thanks to an Octa-core x86 64-bit CPU, and a unified 8GB of GDDR5 System Memory. It also has a dedicated secondary chip for background tasks, and seamless compression and decompression of video media.
Part of the improvements will feature faster startup times, and there will be an ability to browse live gameplay videos of your friends thanks to a partnership with USTream and Facebook. The system will actually learn likes and dislikes, and users will be able to try out games before they buy. Sadly, the system will not be reverse compatible, not even with the PS3 games. You can stream older versions of games, though. I suppose we are not far away from not having a video game department in the store. By the way, Sony wants to make all PS4 transferable into the Playstation Vita.
In addition to the new system, Sony unveiled the new DualShock 4, which has a built-in “share” button, headphone jack, and touchpad. Sony also has a next generation of a Playstation Eye that will have two 1280 x 800 cameras, four microphones, and an 85-degre field of view. This will work with the DualShock 4, and seems similar to the Kinect.
The rumored price is $429 and $529, with a release date some time in November.