Sony’s Andrew House, current president and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, introduces the PlayStation 4 at a news conference in New York.
Sony on Wednesday announced PlayStation 4 — officially moving into the video game industry’s next hardware cycle.
The company revealed its long-awaited successor to the PlayStation 3 at an event in New York as it tries to vault back to the top of the video game hardware business. The console is expected to launch this holiday season.
Sony did not reveal details on pricing, or even a peek at what the new hardware will look like.
The most notable feature on display was a new DualShock 4 controller designed in tandem with a stereo camera, similar to Microsoft’s Kinect. The device includes motion sensor, a touchpad on the front, and a light bar to easily identify players. There’s also a Share button where players can easily distribute content such as videos to friends.
Sony also says the new system uses highly advanced graphics processing, akin to high-end PCs.
The PS4 will also have a heavily integrated social component, as well as a “Remote Play” feature that will take advantage of the company’s PlayStation Vita mobile device.
Sony leverages its relationship with streaming game service Gaikai, offering players the ability to instantly try games on the PlayStation store, and broadcast their play sessions in real time with the option to even let a friend watch or pick up the action.
Mark Cerny, the lead system architect of the PS4, called the new console “an evolution” in video games. “We wanted to make sure that nothing came between the platform and the joy of play,” he says.
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