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Old 01-02-13, 03:04   #1
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PlayStation 4 Release Date:

North America: 15 November
Europe: 29 November


PlayStation 4 Specs:
Single chip custom processor
8 Jaguar cores x86 CPU
1.84 Teraflops GPU (18CU)
  • Sony has ditched Cell. The PlayStation 4's main processor is a single-chip custom processor, a x86-64 AMD "Jaguar" with eight cores. A second chip is dedicated to managing uploads and downloads.
  • The GPU is a similarly impressive AMD next-gen Radeon-based graphics engine that can make 1.84 trillion calculations a second.
  • Brace yourself - the PS4 packs a borderline improbable 8GB of GDDR5 memory! If you're reading this in 2016, that's still really, really fast!
  • As well as a built-in hard drive (the size is yet to be confirmed), the PS4 also features a 6x speed Blu-Ray drive (compared to the PS3's 2x speed one), an 8x speed DVD drive and USB 3.0 for high-speed transfer.
Console Features:
  • Sony says the hardware has been designed with developers' needs in mind, a stark contrast to the early days of the PS3 and the claims that it was notoriously hard to develop for.
  • A new suspend mode lets you "switch off" the PS4 and store the game's current state in its memory. When you return to the system later and press the power button, the game will instantly carry on where it left off, with no need to boot the system and load the game.
  • The new PlayStation 4 menu screen will let you see what your friends are doing, while also recommending games, TV shows, movies and music to you. These recommendations will be specific ones unique to you, based on your previous downloads. For example, if you've spent a lot of time playing FIFA 14, it'll recommend the FIFA 15 demo when it's available.
  • Much like the Wii U, the PS4 can run multiple apps at once. While playing a game, you can load a web browser to check out walkthroughs or do some online reconnaissance.
  • PlayStation 4 games will be playable on Vita via Wi-Fi using Remote Play. It's not yet clear whether this applies to every single game or whether it's a game-by-game option that developers will need to activate, as is the case for PS3. All Sony has said so far is that "your favourite PS4 games" will feature Remote Play.
  • The PlayStation App is a new app that Sony will be releasing on iOS and Android devices, allowing you to use your smartphone or tablet as a second screen that acts as a map or lets you see how a friend is doing in that particular section of the game. It's a similar idea to Microsoft's SmartGlass and, of course, the Wii U GamePad.
  • It has been confirmed that the PS4 will NOT block pre-owned games.
Network Features:
  • Digital titles purchased from the PlayStation Store can be played as they download. The system will download the first part of the game so you can start playing it quickly, then continue to download the rest of the game's assets in the background as you play. This also implies there will no longer be a need to install games as with the PS3.
  • While Sony isn't completely blocking anonymous usernames, it does want to let people play online with their real names, integrating their gaming with social networks such as Facebook.
  • Gaikai technology will let you instantly try out sections of any game on the PlayStation Store. While the way in which this happens isn't yet clear, it's likely it will come in the form of timed streaming demos, much like the OnLive console offers.
  • You can broadcast a live stream of your gameplay via Ustream, so that other gamers can see your progress.
  • If you're stuck in a game you can ask your friends to help you. This can either come in the form of text comments that will appear on the screen like notifications, or they can actually take over the game's controls and beat a section of the game for you.
  • The PlayStation 4 can be updated while the console is switched off, potentially putting an end to the dreaded lengthy firmware updates that annoyed PS3 owners.
  • The system does NOT require an always-online connection.
DualShock 4 (Controller) Features:
  • The controller features a touch pad on the front, similar to the rear touch pad on the PlayStation Vita. This is a capacitive touch pad (much like that on a phone), supporting two touches at once. This may be useful for mouse-like in control in games such as Diablo III (though it hasn't yet been confirmed if it'll use that control method).
  • A new "SHARE" button lets you add screenshots and gameplay footage to your Facebook feed. It's not yet clear how long captured videos can last.
  • An LED Light Bar, similar to the LED ball on the PlayStation Move, sits along the top of the DualShock 4. Much like the Move, it can change colour for various needs (player indicators, damage indicators etc). It can also be used for Move-like controls (see the PlayStation 4 Eye section below).
  • The Start and Select buttons have been scrapped in favour of a single Options button.
  • The controller's built-in speaker will let you hear additional sounds much like the Wii U GamePad. Alternatively, there's also a headphone jack which lets you hear these sounds in greater detail as well as friends' voices during chat.
  • Speaking of chat, the PS4 will come with a mono headset provided.
  • There's a new built-in sensor inside the pad which Sony promises will enable "highly sensitive motion control". Presumably this means the Sixaxis motion control has been improved.
  • The controller's existing buttons - most notably the dual analogue sticks and L2 and R2 buttons - have been redesigned in accordance with developers' wishes (and presumably those of the vocal gaming community).
PlayStation 4 Eye (Screenshot):
  • The new PlayStation 4 Eye new camera, expected to be bundled with the system, appears to be Sony's answer to Kinect (which, in a sense, was Microsoft's response to the first EyeToy). It features two high-sensitivity 1280x800 cameras with wide-angle lenses and 85-degree diagonal angle views which, according to Sony, "can recognise the depth of space precisely".
  • Sony claims the camera can "cut out the image of the player from the background" or track their distance from the TV, allowing players to move their bodies to play. Players can also sign in with facial recognition.
  • The PlayStation 4 Eye also includes four microphones, allowing it to accurately detect sound and where it originated from.
  • Much like the previous Eye worked with the PlayStation Move, the new Eye tracks the LED Light Bar on the front of the DualShock 4 controller (like a more accurate Wii sensor bar), allowing for Move-style controls. With every PS4 owner potentially having Move-like controls instead of it being optional, this could have interesting connotations for upcoming games.


Source (PDF file, Sonys Press Release)





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PlayStation 4 Videos:


PlayStation 4 Confirmed Games:

  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • InFamous: Second Son
  • Deep Down
  • Knack
  • DriveClub
  • Watch Dogs
  • Destiny
  • Final Fantasy (TBA)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

PlayStation 4 Confirmed Games Trailers:


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Old 01-02-13, 03:05   #2
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OMG Can't wait!
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Old 01-02-13, 03:08   #3
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NO plans on buying either console this time around but I'm looking forward to seeing what Sony have up their sleeves.
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Old 01-02-13, 03:10   #4
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Lol if that announcement isn't about the PS4.

Even if I had the money come launch, I wouldn't buy one. I would wait for all the recalled consoles to get out of the way. Every console (save for Nintendo) seems to burst into flames or red ring during the first sales.
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PS4: PlayStation Meeting 2013 heralds big news from Sony


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“Just what will Sony announce at PlayStation Meeting 2013?” is a question almost nobody is asking, because we’re all getting short odds on the answer being “PlayStation 4″.

Sony has announced a big reveal coming 6:00PM PST on February 20. You can sign up for updates via a teaser page.

The last PlayStation Meeting was called to announce the Vita, so if this one’s not the next PlayStation console, it’s going to have to be something really spectacular.

Next-generation hardware announced from Sony and Microsoft are expected this year. Although Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai told press Microsoft could make the first move, sources said Sony wanted to beat Microsoft to the punch, something back up by independent rumours.

The firm has been struggling with financial issues and may need the boost of a new hardware announce to retain stockholder faith. Some sources have suggested the new consoles might ship before the holiday season this year, but bear in mind Sony announced the Vita almost a full year before its launch.

Sony released a teaser trailer to go with the announcement, which is full of abstract shapes. Feel free to speculate on what they might mean and express your disdain for the female sigh at the end.
http://www.vg247.com/2013/01/31/ps4-...ews-from-sony/
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LOL @ the thread title. Jumping the gun a bit aren't you LC? It's all rumours and speculation. This thread's gonna be sooo funny if the announcement has nothing to do with it Although it probably is the PS4
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LOL @ the thread title. Jumping the gun a bit aren't you LC? It's all rumours and speculation. This thread's gonna be sooo funny if the announcement has nothing to do with it
I'm gonna laugh my ass off if it has nothing to do with the systems.
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Seems like The Wall Street Journal aren't afraid to nail their colours to the mast and confidently say it is the PS4...

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Sony Corp. is planning to unveil its next-generation home videogame console during a February event, showing off a successor to its current PlayStation 3 system.

The Japanese electronics giant Thursday unveiled plans for a special PlayStation-themed event set for Feb. 20, teasing fans to "see the future" at the event. People familiar with the matter have said the new device will make its debut there, beating Microsoft Corp. to the punch in announcing its own next-generation game machine.

Sony's device will be released later this year, these people said, and will spar against Microsoft's own machine, which is also expected ...

From The Wall Street Journal
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Even if this does turn out to be the reveal of the PS4, I refuse to purchase one until the video game industry learns to get out of their obsessive compulsive cinematic experiences that they call video games and remember that they used to make games that are actually fun and interesting to play(Many of which are still entertaining today), and didn't require all that 'cinematic experience' nonsense for many to become instant classics. I mean come on, why do you all think so many gamers are going back to retro consoles/games?

Plain and simple: Because those generations were from a time where the video game industry thrived on innovation and creativity and not trying to focus on cinematic experiences or dull realism all the time.

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LOL @ the thread title. Jumping the gun a bit aren't you LC? It's all rumours and speculation. This thread's gonna be sooo funny if the announcement has nothing to do with it Although it probably is the PS4
The last time Sony made a PlayStation show was in 2011, and to announce Vita. Now its about FUTURE. What else could it show except PS4?
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