Like the previous launches of the PlayStation 1, 2 and 3, the official press conference which announced the plans for the launch of the PlayStation 4, on the 21st February, was more of a teaser than a full reveal.
Although the New York event lasted for several hours, gamers are still none the wiser as to what the console looks like, how much it will cost or when it will be released. Though the frustration has been palpable from some sectors of the gaming community, there was some welcome information about the new console that was enough to whet the appetite of even the most ardent gamers.
The console will contain eight AMD core processors, an advanced AMD GPU and 8GB of memory; it’s a machine that is packed with power. In addition, the PlayStation 4 will have all the standard features that gamers have come to expect, such as DVD and Blu-ray capability, while the PlayStation 4 Eye, a 1280 x 800 camera, will give gamers access to an Xbox Kinect style feature.
The greatest news for serious gamers is Sony’s emphasis on gaming. While many contemporary consoles are pitching themselves as entertainment centres, Sony has gone back to their roots and, as with the PlayStation 1, has consulted with game developers during the design process. The result is a machine which is designed specifically to get the most out of each and every game. Breathtaking graphics will be accompanied by new Dual Shock 4 controllers, which have improved rumble, a touchpad, and a light bar for personalised motion controls, re-designed triggers and analogue sticks, as well as a headphone socket.
The emphasis of the PlayStation 4 is on the gaming experience and being able to share that experience anytime, anywhere with friends. The PlayStation App will enable iPhone, iPad, and Android based smartphones and tablets to become second screens, headsets, plugged directly into the controllers, will allow in-game chat, while a share button, conveniently located next to the trigger, means that gamers can share a live stream of their gaming with friends.