Sony has launched the PlayStation 4, the next generation of its popular video-game console. Sony PlayStation 4 comes with a more powerful hardware and is designed to respond to shift in consumer gaming behaviour with cloud gaming,/game streaming, social media integration, and mobile and multiple device gaming.
The next phase for PlayStation
The Playstation 3 was launched way back in 2006. A lot has changed since then. Today gaming on non-traditional gaming devices like smartphones and tablets is growing in popularity and the market for hard-core gaming shrinking. The Sony PlayStation 4 intends to become a meeting point for both casual gamers and hard core gamers with a number of new cool features.
Sony announced upcoming apps for Android and iOS that will allow owners of Sony PlayStation 4 play their games on Android devices, iPhones, and iPads. You can also play PlayStation 4 games on your Sony PlayStation Vita. Integration with Mobile mean that Sony PlayStation 4 is not just for your living room anymore, you can carry it wherever, you go via your tablet or smartphone or PlayStation Vita.
Sony PlayStation 4 will enable game streaming (a.k.a cloud gaming). With game streaming, you do not need to completely download a game to play it. Once you download a small portion of the game, you start playing while the remaining portion downloads. Game streaming will also allow you try game titles free before you buy.
Sony PlayStation 4 integrates with social media. For example, your friends can watch your game progress over the internet while you play on your PlayStation 4. You can also share clips with friends as well as recommend games to friends.
Dualshock 4 controller is the controller for the PS4. It features a touchpad providing new way of interacting with games. Dualshock 4 also features dedicated share button for easily sharing your progress and game fun with friends. The PlayStation 4 Eye comes with two HD cameras for face recognition login, 3D tracking and motion control and four microphones for better voice commands.
Sony PlayStation 4 promises great power and graphics performance with an 8-core x86 processor, a dedicated graphics processor, a dedicated video compression chip, and 8GB RAM.
Sony however, did not show what the PlayStation 4 console will look like nor provide information about pricing or precise availability date. All Sony offered is that the console will be available in time for the 2013 holiday season, which could mean fourth quarter of 2013.