Sony PlayStation 4 officially announced [Update: coming holiday 2013]

The worst kept secret in the world is a secret no longer. Sony's PlayStation-based press event in New York City, which is currently being live streamed to the world, has indeed announced the PlayStation 4, the next hardware addition to the PlayStation family of game consoles.

The PS4 has an X86 processor and a PC-based GPU (no specific brand names were mentioned) and 8 GB of GDDR5 system memory. It will also have a hard drive but there's no word on how large it will be.

The DualShock 4 controller was also announced and shown during the press conference, and as predicted it has a touch pad in the middle.

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Sony also showed off some gameplay demos, including one using Epic's Unreal Engine 4. It also showed the first official PlayStation 4 game, Knack.

Games can be downloaded in the background, even if the main power in the console is turned off. Games can also be played even as they are being downloaded.

The PS4 will also have a way to share user created gameplay videos with others, and users will be able to watch live gameplay that's being handled by their friends. The new online network will use real names for most activities. Sony will also offer mobile apps for smartphones and tablets that will link to the PS4.

Sony has also confirmed that it will use the Gaikai streaming game network for the PS4 to let users try out PS4 games before they buy them. The console will also have Facebook and Ustream support.

Spectating will be a big part of PS4 gaming, with the console allowing gamers to let friends view the games they are playing and even allowing developers to have the power to act as real time directors for games if they wish. It will also allow for the PS Vita portable console to play PS4 games via Remote Play.

The PS4 will have a number of streaming video services, including Netflix, Hulu, Crackle and more.

Sony officially announced the PlayStation Cloud, with the plan to offer up older PlayStation games via streaming on any device. The service will be launched in stages with more details to be revealed later.

Update: Sony has now confirmed a "holiday 2013" time frame for the launch of the PlayStation 4.

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Microsoft will need to show me something else than PC games when they are going to announce the next xbox or my choice is already done and it will be a PS4.

I wont miss games like Journey next gen.

I have to say if it wasn't for Nintendo, Sony wouldn't know what to develop next for their consoles. That said, they better show the actual system or at least a prototype today. This would be a meh press conference to me if they just announced the PS4 but left it at that.

I also think it's funny how rumors said it was only going to have 4gigs of ram but once rumors said the next xbox would have 8gigs, now PS4 has 8gigs.

I was always a fan of Playstation over Xbox.


i am eagerly awaiting for MS to show us something more exciting.


though watch dogs was pretty great! but i am sure i'll have an even better version on my PC

Diablo 3 is anything but exciting. The PC version was meh imo. But if Blizzard ever makes a console exclusive game in the upcoming years it could be cool.

GUI looks like the Modern UI on the 360 now and the "SmartGlass" integration... Not really blown away to be honest, I am sure most of this was pre-rendered like Killzone 2 was at the PS3 announcement. Oh and no price? My beat is on $500+

Fully LIve Demo. Nothing pre-rendered whatsoever. Right from their Facebook page...
We proudly present Killzone Shadow Fall. Live Demo running on PlayStation 4!

DirtyLarry said,
Fully LIve Demo. Nothing pre-rendered whatsoever. Right from their Facebook page...
We proudly present Killzone Shadow Fall. Live Demo running on PlayStation 4!

Same thing was said about Killzone 2 and it came out it was a CGI video... Guess we will see. I still want to know the price.

NoLiMiT06 said,
GUI looks like the Modern UI on the 360 now and the "SmartGlass" integration... Not really blown away to be honest, I am sure most of this was pre-rendered like Killzone 2 was at the PS3 announcement. Oh and no price? My beat is on $500+

Pre-rendered? come on... you must not believe the moon exists.

einsteinbqat said,
Typical. People rave about the internals, but did anyone see the THING, the PS4?

Erm, who cares what it looks like. I mean you might be a very different person to me, but I use the PS3 to play games/watch movies. I don't buy myself a glass pedestal and sit admiring it all day =P

Besides, means we still have more cool things to be revealed before release

So BC of PS1, PS2, and PS3 will be "streaming".
I also doubt the selection of games you can stream (thinking more 3rd party).
Controller looks nice, but..

Unless I can unlock my library of ps games, I'm not going to be buying one this Christmas, and will evaluate things / other aspects once more details are known, see what Jrpg selection is coming out before making up my mind.

Does anyone else think that they just added that little led screen for no reason on the controller, the ps3 controller is fine just the way it is.
I hate when companies feel pressured to make change just for the sake of it... which can be more annoying to use and or raises the cost unnecessarily....

Interface is crap. Controller is crap. Bet the console looks like crap too. And it's basically a PC in a console.

So far to me it sounds like a custom built gaming pc. I will withhold judgement until I see pricing, and further details on the possible used game mechanic.

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