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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.
According to Kotaku's sources, the PlayStation 4 will be released for purchase in the United States sometime this November. According to their source, there are currently two SKUs--or models--planned for the PS4 and they will retail at $429 and $529, though those prices are subject to change.
The $429 price lines up with an earlier rumor that we brought you regarding the PlayStation 4, so it seems as though it is a likely price point for the entry PS4. We are expecting to see the official release of the console tomorrow evening at a press conference in New York, so hopefully more details will be shared then.
The source added that the PlayStation 4 will be able to be controlled from your cell phone or tablet. The mobile devices will be able to chat with PlayStation friends and purchase games, which will then automatically be downloaded to the console.
New Gears of War game leaked ahead of official launch, Microsoft threatens pirates with permanent Xbox Live ban
The latest installment in the Gears of War series has leaked out into the wild this morning. Copies of Gears of War: Judgment were spotted on torrent sites early this morning, leading Microsoft to threaten some harsh ramifications to anyone who downloads and installs a pirated copy.
A spokesperson for Microsoft said:
Redmond has threatened similar action before, most recently when copies of Halo 4 began to surface on torrent sites. Some of those who installed the pirated copy had their console and accounts permanently banned from Xbox live.
I still remember playing Doom and thinking it was just incredible at the time, but to fast-forward to now and think our smartphones have superior resolutions to the once superior 320x240 is scary.
Well, a Deviant Art user going by the name Elemental79 has converted a simple 320x240 pixel screenshot from Doom, to an absolutely gorgeous 9600x7211. This includes textures, lighting and 3D effects, all done within Photoshop. Elemental79 has said that:
Each frame represents ten seconds of work. The image spans across 7 PSD files at a resolution of 9600x7211 pixels. The project took 35 hours to complete over the course of 8 days.
While we shouldn't have to speculate for much longer about what will and won't be in the PlayStation 4, one report is claiming that Sony will make use of Gaikai's streaming technology. The company was acquired by Sony back in 2012 for $380 million and could be the key to the PlayStation 4 having backwards compatibility.
The PlayStation 4 is widely expected to use an updated architecture--some rumors are suggesting x86--and this could present problems for backwards compatibility. Gaikai could solve this by streaming the games from a remote server. Another benefit is that the games could be played on mobile devices and computers without any sort of modification.
Another benefit, at least for the game manufacturers, is that this could eliminate the used game market. One final suggestion is that this technology could allow the PS3 to play games designed and built for the PlayStation 4, though this might be unlikely as it would cut into PlayStation 4 sales.
We should know all of the dirty details on Wednesday when it is widely expected that the console will be announced.
Sony has gone a little bit nostalgic in its effort to build interest in Wednesday's press event. By doing so, the company has basically confirmed that they are releasing the PlayStation 4 as most rumors have said they would be. You can check out the three videos below and then jump down to more analysis.
If you listen carefully to the final video, you'll hear the line saying you can "be the first to know" February 20. We'll have coverage of the event Wednesday evening.
Sony is in full hype-things-up mode this week. On Wednesday we are expected to see the company unveil the long anticipated PlayStation 4 (PS4). Ahead of the launch, Sony has released a series of web videos that outline the history of the popular gaming console.
The company has put together three videos that show the console's revolutionary history. The first video covers the PlayStation, the one that started it all. The next video moves into the realm of the PlayStation 2, and talks about how the PS2 revolutionized gaming and DVD playback.
The final video covers the PlayStation 3 and bills it as a "groundbreaking" breakthrough in console gaming, citing things like HD gaming, Blu-ray, Netflix, and cloud based storage for game saves. This leaves us to wonder what new technologies, features and options the PlayStation 4 bring to console gaming? I guess we will find out on Wednesday!