After months of rumors banding over the internet, Sony has issued a press conference to introduce the Playstation 4 as a successor to the popular Playstation 3. It redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization, deeply integrated social capabilities, and innovative second-screen features.
While many games are in development, Sony set no definite release date but did hint availability for the Holiday 2013 seaon.
A partial initial lineup for PlayStation 4 includes first-party games from Guerilla Games (Killzone: Shadow Fall), Sucker Punch (inFamous Second Son), Evolution Studios (Driveclub), and Japan Studio (Knack), as well as titles from our partners such as Activision/Bungie (Destiny), Blizzard Entertainment (Diablo III), Capcom (Deep Down), and Ubisoft (Watch_Dogs).
Finally, the incredible minds at Media Molecule and Quantic Dream gave glimpses of their conceptualization process and the future of gameplay with some remarkable footage. We only scratched the surface at the event, and will have many more exciting titles to come. With so much amazing content in development for PlayStation 4, Sony wants to give our fans every opportunity to check out virtually any PS4 game when it becomes available. In the future, when a gamer sees a title of interest in PlayStation Store, they can immediately start playing a portion of the actual game.
The next generation console will change the way you interact with friends while you play. PlayStation 4 lets you instantly share images and videos of your favorite gameplay moments on Facebook with a single press on the DUALSHOCK 4 controller’s “share” button. You can also broadcast while you play in real-time through Ustream, allowing friends to comment or jump into your game.
With PlayStation 4, Sony wants you to access your games quicker than ever before. PS4’s “suspend mode” eliminates the load time on your saved game and allows you to immediately return to where you left off by pressing the power button. PlayStation 4’s background downloading and updating capability also allows you to immediately play digital titles as they download, or update the system when the hardware is powered off.
According to Sony, the new PlayStation 4 will not be backward compatible with PlayStation 3 games.
According to previous rumors, expectations for official announcement of the new PlayStation 4 was at either the Game Developers Conference in March or EE3 in June.
Competing with the PS4 release, Microsoft may be introducing the new X-box 720 “Durango” very soon. What’ll be your choice this upcoming holiday season?