Well folks, it’s official, the PlayStation 4 is real and it’s coming out this holiday season.
Sony threw down the gauntlet last night in an event showcasing the games, and potential of what the PS4 will be capable of when it releases later this year. I watched the whole event go down last night. It was hard to see the game demos, tech demos, and trailers to their full potential. Even with the videos that I’ll post, you just can’t really know until we see it on a PS4 running in front of us. With this said, I came off impressed with what was shown, particle effects, shadows just looked amazing, and I want one now!
Lets get on to the specs. Sony basically came out and said they were not very impressed with how the “Cell” processor performed and most of all, how hard it was for third party developers to wrap their heads around it to make a game the best they could be. More times than not, the preferred version was the Xbox 360, because it was more like a PC architecture so it was much easier to develop for. Sony learned from this and is making things more simple and streamlined for developers this time. Here is a rundown of the specs on the PS4:
- x86-64 AMD “Jaguar” 8-core CPU
- “Enhanced” AMD next-gen Radeon GPU
- CPU/GPU on the same die
- 8 GB unified GDDR5 RAM
- On-board hard drive (no size announced)
- Blu-ray optical drive
- USB 3.0
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 802.11b/g/n wifi
- HDMI, analog video, digital optical audio
As you can see, this thing is no slouch. To prove it, lets look and some of the titles that were shown off last night:
Killzone: Shadow Fall
InFamous: Second Son
There were a few other third party developers on stage to show some great looking tech demos, and show off some working titles. Included on stage were Capcom, Square Enix, and… Blizzard. Yep, Diablo 3 will be coming to the PS4 as well as the PS3. Last but not least, Bungie were on stage to show off their newest IP, Destiny. It was a bit of a surprise to see them so soon after announcing details on Destiny just last week.
Well, there you have it. The first solid details on the next gen system coming from Sony. There are more details I didn’t go into as far as what they plan to do with Gaikai, cloud storage, download management, the new controller and it’s functionality, the list goes on. Keep an eye to NovaGamer for more information as it comes to light, and some more thoughts on what Sony has thrown down. Over all I was pretty impressed on the direction Sony is headed in, and can’t wait for E3 to come.
The ball is in your court Microsoft…