Sony finally announced the PS4 at its 'PlayStation Meeting 2013' event in New York last night where it said the console will launch 'Holidays 2013'. Here's all the details from the PS4 launch. See also: PS4 price in UK; how much will the PlayStation 4 cost?
With the world watching, the tech world at least, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 without actually showing the console itself. The firm announced lots of details but didn't actually show what the PS4 will look like, not even in image form. See also: Sony's PlayStation 4 announced after long wait.
See also: PS4 event E3 2013: live video stream.
Nevertheless, the PS4 will be the firm's new gaming console to replace the popular PlayStation 3. We've rounded up all the important details into one place so here's everything you need to know about the PS4.
PS4: Release date
As we've said, the announcement from Sony is that the PS4 will launch 'Holidays 2013' suggesting it will arrive in time for Christmas like we predicted. The problem is that it's not clear whether this is a global launch or restricted to certain markets.
Sony could launch it in Japan and the US first making Europe and therefore the UK until January or February 2014. For example, the PS3 launched in November 2006 in Japan and the US but we had to wait until March to get it.
There was no word from Sony on the price of the PS4 so it's still a mystery. Therefore we'll have to stick with the rumoured starting point of around £300. We'll have to wait and see.
As predicted, the PlayStation 4 includes an AMD x86-based 8-core CPU and an enhanced GPU which Sony described as a "Supercharged PC architecture". Sony didn't confirm whether the PS4 will support 4K resolution or not. It will support Blu-ray, DVD and HDMI output.
It did affirm, though, that the PS4 will pack 8GB of DDR5 RAM giving the console 'Instant On' capability. Users will be able to power down mid-game and resume where they left off in seconds.
Sadly, the rumours are true in that the PS4 won't be backwards compatible with old games, like most consoles. However, users will be able to stream PS3 and older generation games online. The service, which uses technology from Gaikai, will allow games to be streamed from the PS4 to the PS Vita and other second screen devices will include smartphones and tablets.
"A new application from SCE called "PlayStation App" will enable iPhone, iPad, and Android based smartphones and tablets to become second screens" said Sony.
Sony announced a feature called PlayStation 4 Eye confirming that the PS4 would have an Xbox Kinect style feature. The 1280 x 800 camera can track users body movements and voice to play games. It's also been mentioned that users will be able to log in with facial recognition.
Although Sony didn't show off the PS4 itself, it did take the wraps of the DualShock 4 controller which looks exactly as the recently leaked photo showed. It does include a touchpad in the middle and a light bar so the camera can track movement.
Sony said that PlayStation Move will play a part in the PS4 but it's not clear what this looks like yet.
Some of the mentioned games for the PS4 include: Killzone: Shadowfall (Guerrilla Games), Drive Club (Evolution Studios), Infamous 3 (Sucker Punch), Deep Down (Capcom), Watch Dogs (Ubisoft), Diablo III (Blizzard) and Bungie's Destiny (Activision).
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