During the Playstation Meeting happening tonight in New York, Sony have announced that the next console in their line up will be called 'Playstation 4'.
The Playstation 4 will feature an x86 CPU, an Enhanced PC GPU and 8Gb of GDDR5.
Sony also announced that the PS4 will ship with the brand new controller - DualShock 4. Which features the touchpad seen in all the rumoured images, headset inputs, improved triggers and capability to interact with the console like never before. See the image below.
Playstation 4 has many new and unique features not found on any other console such as being able to download games in the background - even with the power off. Downloadable titles can be played as they're downloaded.
The new PlayStation 4 console will also include a suspend and resume feature, meaning you can press the power button once to freeze a game, then press it again later to continue playing from where you left off. The system will also benefit from quick boot, with Sony saying that it'll load almost instantaneously.
There is also a dedicated 'Share' button found on the DualShock4 controller allowing sharing short videos and images from the games. This is handled by a dedicated chip in the console allowing for always-on video compression. Entire UI has been redesigned, and can seamlessly upload gameplay as you go
The new PS4 UI will be vacating the past Cross Media Bar and will now look like this:
Sony also announced that the Playstation 4 will natively use Dave Perry's Gaikai. The long term goal with Gaikai and Playstation is for PS1, PS2 and PS3 games to be playable on the new home console via Gaikai. Dave Perry said that Gaikai would be supported on PS4, PS3 and the PS Vita - allowing for PS4 games to streamed to the handheld device.
Playstation 3 games are not natively supported on the Playstation 4.
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