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We already know that the next Playstation console will be announced later this month. Now we know some of the details that will come out of the announcement.
If you’ll recall, a while back we reported on some rumors about what the console would include. Those have yet to be confirmed or denied, but this time around we have some much more concrete info on what you can expect to see on the next Playstation (we’ll call it the PS4 even though that is not yet the official name).
You won’t have to wait as long after the announcement of the PS4 as you did for the Wii U. Alongside their announcement of the new console, Sony will also be announcing that the console will launch during the 2013 holiday season in both the US and Japan. Due to more complicated distribution model in Europe, the system will not launch there until 2014.
Even though Sony hasn’t pushed the Move controller as hard post-release as they did pre-release, the PS4 will still support it. A new version of the PS Eye will release alongside the PS4 as well and may or may not be included with the system. A normal dual analog controller will still be the primary controller for the system. Speaking of which…
The PS4 controller will keep the same basic design as the Dual Shock. One very large exception is that the entire area in the middle of the controller (where the start/select button used to be) will be replaced by a touchpad similar to the one on the back of the PS Vita.
Live Media Capture/Sharing
One of the most interesting/exciting announcements to come out of this is the ability to capture gameplay/screenshots direct from your PS4 without the use of any additional capture hardware. The PS4 will automatically record and buffer your latest 15 minutes of gameplay as you play. You can then elect to save that gameplay and can even share it to youtube with a single button push.
The good news is that you will no longer miss those crazy killstreaks or hilarious happenings without the ability to re-live/share them. The bad news is that youtube is going to be absolutely flooded with gameplay videos and clips to a level we’ve never seen before.
It looks like Sony will once again retain the crown of most powerful hardware. The PS4 beats out the rumored Next Xbox specs in every category except for total ram amount. They make up for that with significantly faster ram, and reportedly are thinking of making a last ditch effort to match the Xbox’s ram total.
Here are the complete specs that are known so far.
One big thing to note is that Sony is not going with a complicated proprietary solution this time. While the PS3 was the most powerful console last gen, it was held back by being very difficult to develop for. Sony has learned its lesson, and the PS4 will not only be powerful, but easy to develop for.
It’s worth noting that while technically the strongest hardware of next-gen, the difference between the PS4 and next Xbox is not large and is unlikely to make much of a difference in 3rd party titles. It will be 1st party games (Naughty Dog!) where that extra oomph will come into play.
One big outlying feature that has not yet been talked about is the PSN. It is likely that all PSN arcade games will work on the PS4. It will be interesting to see if, with a more focused outlook towards online gaming, Sony can create an ecosystem that is up to par with Xbox Live this time and perhaps pressure Microsoft’s online system in to going free.
What do you think of the next Playstation so far?