PS4 Announced: “It’s Like a Supercharged PC” (UPDATED)
During PlayStation Meeting 2013 Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House officially announced the PS4. The system, introduced by lead engineer Mark Cerny seems to have an extremely powerful hardware, defined “Like a Supercharged PC”, including a eight-core X86 processor, an enhanced PC GPU with Almost 2 teraflops of computational power and able to animate a million objects with Havoc, and 8 GB of GDDR5 memory.
Together with the console the new controller was announced in the form of the DualShock 4 (that you can see below), that will also include a lightbar and a camera to replicate the motion sensing of the Move.
Players will be able to suspend and resume play sessions just by pressing a button, with the console storing the state of the game in the RAM even when turned off. There will be a secondary custom chip for background processing (for instance for downloading content while playing). Dedicated video compression hardware will also allow you to seamlessly upload and share gameplay videos while you play.
It definitely sounds groundbreaking, doesn’t it? I know I’m sold. Time to save a few hundreds dollars for Christmas, as Holidays 2013 is the confirmed release window for the console.
Update: Sony released a short but quite effective trailer, that you can see at the bottom of the post, and a more detailed spec sheet, that you can read just below.
Single-chip custom processor
CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon™ based graphics engine
Hard Disk Drive
Optical Drive (read only)
Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0)
Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)
Digital Output (optical)