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Actual PlayStation 4 hardware didn't make an appearance last night because it's 'still in development'
Most of you were probably tuned into the live stream or our live coverage of the PlayStation 4 event last night. The one thing that you probably noticed was that a picture or actual hardware version of the PlayStation never made an appearance. There wasn't a single sighting of the device last night and Sony's CEO Jack Tretton has explained why.
According to an interview with AllThingsD, Sony hasn't finalized the hardware or specifications, so they didn't have a final hardware design to show off. That's right, Sony announced the product before they had even finished designing it.
Sony Computer Entertainment of America CEO Jack Tretton: "We're certainly capable of showing playable game content, but we don't have a mass-production box that we can bring out and pull out. That's still in development in terms of final specs and design."
As further reasoning as to why it wasn't important to show the actual console last night, he added:
You certainly look at it when you insert a disc, but for most people, it's behind a cabinet or on a shelf somewhere and you spend all your time looking at the screen. And we wanted to show people the screen.
While Sony made known some specifications, such as the device being powered by an 8-core AMD CPU and 8GB of RAM, it is possible that these things could be tweaked in the final version.
Sony also let the cat out of the bag that 4K content isn't supported in-game. It is, however, able to b
In case you missed it, Sony announced the PlayStation 4 yesterday and TweakTown had you covered with all the latest news during the event.
This morning Sony released the first official PlayStation 4 trailer, showcasing some pretty bad ass graphics.
Titled "Push the Boundaries of Play" and focuses entirely on gaming content, but Sony does not want us to think of the PS4 as a mere console, but rather an all-encompassing multimedia entertainment device.
Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer that used games will not be blocked on the PlayStation 4, allaying fears that the next-gen console would look to stuff out the used game market. "They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that's my expectation," Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said.
Yoshida faltered a bit when directly asked if Sony was going to block used games from being resold. After consulting his Japanese PR adviser, he responded back, "used games can play on PS4. How is that?"
This is good news for everyone who had seen and heard the rumors that the next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony were going to block used games. Microsoft could still take that route, though this would likely hurt sales.
We saw the launch of Sony's PlayStation 4, but details on the actual hardware inside didn't exactly arrive on paper. Now Sony's PR is o ut and we have some concrete specs on the next-gen console from Sony.
The PlayStation 4 will feature an AMD-built, 8-core 64-bit x86-based "Jaguar" CPU, with a Radeon GPU including 18 "compute units" which are capable of pumping out 1.84 FLOPS in graphics performance and more. Backing that up, we definitely have a Blu-ray drive, and 8GB of insanely fast GDDR5 RAM which pumps up to 176GB/sec of bandwidth.
Connectivity wise, we have 802.11n Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, optical out and Sony have even sprung for analog AV out. How's dem Apple's?
Sony is currently onstage demoing numerous games that will launch on the PlayStation 4. Here's an incomplete list of games that we can expect to play on the next-gen PlayStation 4.
- KillZone: Shadowfall
- inFamous Second Son
- The Witness
- Final Fantasy
- Watch Dogs
- Diablo III
More information and pictures of the games can be found over in our very own live coverage of the PlayStation 4 event that is currently going on. We'll have more on these games after the event concludes.
Sony has also demonstrated several new game engines that will be put to use on the PlayStation 4. Square Enix demonstrated their Luminous game engine, Capcom demonstrated their new "Panta Rhei" game engine, and Quantic Dream teased us with an animation of an old man's face.
With the official PlayStation 4 announcement about halfway over, we'd thought we'd bring to you a list of rumors that ended up being true. Without further ado, let's take a look at the rumors that panned out.
- PlayStation 4 to be powered by 8-core AMD CPU
- Leaked pictures of prototype PlayStation 4 controller
- New controller to have touch panel
- PlayStation to use x86 architecture
- PlayStation 4 to use Gaikai streaming technology
In the end it looks like most of the rumors that we posted ended up being accurate. Of course, this was just a quick look over some of the past posts.
Sony have announced the PlayStation 4 today - where we've discovered it does indeed feature an x86 CPU. We're looking at an 8-core CPU, a powerful GPU, and 8GB of RAM. But, Sony aren't pushing raw specs, but instead, the 'experience' of the gamer.
The PS4's Lead System Architect, Mark Cerny, talked about the evolution of the PS4, which began development five years ago now, and was designed to connect to many services at once - which is where we are in the world right now. Hopefully we get some breakdown on specs later, which you can expect us to report to you. Keep checking back!
Sony are poised to launch the PlayStation 4 today, and we're going to cover it live, continue to check back as much as you can! The event is live right now in New York City. Nothing on the PS4 so far, but it shouldn't be long - I'm incredibly, incredibly excited right now - how about you?
Sony is soon set to make one of the most anticipated announcements in gaming history. Sony is expected to announce its next-generation gaming console, the PlayStation 4, at a press conference later today.
If you are just now hearing about the PlayStation 4, you must have been living under a rock for the past several months. While we are 99 percent sure the announcement will center on the new console, we are still unsure of some of the specs. How much memory will the unit feature? Will it support 4k resolution?
Luckily our own Anthony Garreffa will be posting live highlights from the event and hopefully putting our curiosities to rest on what hardware the PS4 gets. The fun starts at 6pm US EST or 10am AEST (Sydney time). You can watch the entire event live at the Source #2 link below.
The flip-flopping developers of Crysis are at it again, with Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli under an NDA from both Microsoft and Sony, where he can't reveal the details of next-gen consoles from the respective companies.
Yerli has still come out and spilled at least a couple of beans on the next-gen gaming powerhouses, saying that the hardware gap between PCs and next-gen consoles makes it "impossible" for the next-gen consoles to match, or beat current-gen PCs. Yerli says:
It's impossible to package $2,000-$3,000 worth of hardware into a mainstream-let's say $500-console. I'm not saying they are $500 consoles. They may launch a console at $2,000, but the consumer pricing is usually much lower than that. So, given consumer pricing, and given the cost of production of a gamer PC and the amount of wattage and power it needs, which is like a fridge, it's impossible.