In New York City, Sony announced the PlayStation 4. The PS4 has 8GB GDDR5 memory, an 8-core processor GPU, and a new DualShock 4 controller (pictured below) with a touchpad, share button, light bar, and headphone jack. The light bar combines with a camera system on the PS4 to track the distance away that the player is.
This is what the DualShock 4 controller looks like:
The console has background uploading and downloading, which lets the console update games in the background even if the main power of the console is off. Games can be played as they are downloaded. This is made possible by using a secondary processor that allows for background work while the main processor handles the game play.
The PS4 lets you stream your play sessions, which makes it possible for your friends to take over control in order to help you out. You can also quickly share video clips to your friends using the PS network.
The PlayStation 4 will learn about your likes and dislikes. For example, Sony will be able to tell what you are likely to purchase next and download it ahead of time.
The PlayStation 4 will let you instantly experience any game and give you the option to buy it if you like it. You will be able to play any title online and it can be streamed instantly. This was made possible through Sony’s acquisition of Gaikai.
The PS4 has a feature called Remote Play which makes it possible to transfer a PS4 game over to the PlayStation Vita for remote play sessions. This is similar to what the Nintendo Wii U does. The long-term goal is to allow any PS 4 game to be played on the Vita, but right now only some games work currently. The long term goal is to make it possible for all PlayStation 1, 2, 3, and 4 games to work on the devices using Gaikai technology.
The price is not yet known. What we do know is that the console will be released in fall 2013. It will have backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 3 through cloud gaming. It will also have a Blu-ray and DVD compatibility. The console also supports Bluetooth 2.1.
Sony is updating the PlayStation camera known as the PlayStation 4 Eye. The Eye uses two cameras to capture a 3D depth-of-field. It also has four microphones that can be used to isolate sounds.