Introducing the Sony Playstation 4 next-gen console

Andrew House, Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO, launched the Sony Playstation 4 to the world at the Hammerste in Ballroom, Manhattan Center Studios in New York. While many were not amused at the fact that the PS4 console itself was missing at the launch, it was clear from House’s presentation that the PS4 will be Sony's "most powerful platform ever."

Sony’s PS4 launch

Speaking at the launch, House said the Sony Playstation 4 was the next-generation console that will allow “worlds to come alive with greater fidelity and intensity than ever before."

He noted that during the console's development priority was accorded to ensure "ease of access regardless of location or device.”

"Our vision for the future is consumer centric and developer inspired," he added.

He stressed developers would get support to utilise Sony’s "new business models that enable more flexibility, including episodic and free-to-play."

Mark Cerny, lead PS4 system architect, came on stage after House and explained:

"We wanted to make sure nothing would come between the player, the platform and play.

Our main goal was to architect the system so as to support a breadth of experiences."

PS4 headline specs

Among the headline specs of the PS4 announced by Cerny are a unified 8GB system memory, and a "highly enhanced" PC GPU "containing a unified array of 18 compute units, which collectively generate 1.84 Teraflops of processing power that can freely be applied to graphics, simulation tasks, or some mixture of the two."

The PS4 is also "centred around a powerful custom chip that contains eight x86-64 cores and a state of the art graphics processor." Perhaps the best new PlayStation features or capabilities of the PS4 beside support for cross-game chat is the ability for players to record screenshots or gameplay and share them online.

"Our goal is to make the sharing of video on PS4 as popular as the sharing of screenshots is today," said Cerny.

PS4 DualShock 4 controller

One of the most iconic gaming accessories in the console era has been Sony's DualShock controller. The Japanese Computer Entertainment company has developed a new pad for the Sony Playstation 4 dabbed “DualShock 4". The "DualShock4" features a touchpad, a headphone jack, a new Share button, enhanced rumble and reduced latency.

From what we gather so far from the announcement, the PS4 indeed has potential to be the best next generation console. However, we will wait and see how Microsoft responds to Sony’s PS4 announcements with its Xbox video game console to make a final determination.

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