Sony Announce PlayStation 4 But Don’t Show Us The Actual Console

At an invite-only event last night Sony announced their first console to be released in 7 years, the PlayStation 4. However there was some disappointment because no one actually got to see the console, instead fans were told many of the specs, given a sneak peek at some of the games that would be available for it and shown the controller.

Sony also did not give a price range or a release date for the eagerly anticipated product, but they did hint that it should be available to purchase in the 2013 holiday season.
The controller is a Dualshock 4 with touchscreen, motion sensors and a built-in Kinect/Wii-style sensor bar camera. It is similar in shape to the PS3 controller.

This is what the controller looks like:
The console itself has an x86 CPU, unlike the PS3 which had a “Cell” processor and it has an enhanced 8-Core PC graphics processor. It comes with 8 gigabytes of internal memory.
The homescreen is completely different to that of the PS3 and digitally purchased games are playable as soon as downloading has begun. There is option for real-time sharing and the option to record your game session to share with others over social networks or the PlayStation network.
In what is no doubt an attempt to boost the appeal of the poorly selling PS Vita, Sony demonstrated how PS4 games could be played remotely on the handheld device.

On the inside, the PS4 is basically a PC:
Sony claims that they have rectified a problem that many customers complained about with the PS3 – the endless updates that were needed to play game or use the system. Now, the Japanese electronics manufacturer says that these updates happen in the background.

This is what the PS4 looks like when you turn it on:
A large portion of the 2-hour event was spent showcasing games that would be exclusive to the console, with trailer for titles like Knack, Drive Club and Killzone Shadow Fall featured.

“Killzone: Shadow Fall”
“Infamous: Second Son”

“The Witness”

“Diablo 3”

Executives from well known game companies like Capcom and Ubisoft took to the stage to inform the audience of their new game titles and Bungie, the developer behind Halo gave a sneak peek at their new first-person shooter game Destiny.

But, as AllthingsD’s Lauren Goode states; “The new PlayStation 4 console comes at a particularly perilous time for the traditional videogame industry. Gaming software sales, especially, have suffered due to the rise of cheap or free Web-based games, while Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft have allowed several-year gaps in between new consoles, causing some to question the relevance of the console.

Remember the PS2? It came out 13 years ago.
Sony sold just 70 million units of the PlayStation 3, just under half the amount of their record breaking PS2 console that sold 150 million units worldwide. Experts predict that no other console will ever sell as many units as the PS2 did because of the way the gaming industry has changed over the years.

What do you think of Sony’s failure to show us the actual PS4 console? Is it an irritation or a clever marketing ploy that has increased your anticipation for the release?

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