It’s that crazy time again; the time when we welcome a new gaming console. Earlier this week, Sony teased us with a video of an event that many of us believe to be the announcement of their next console: PlayStation 4 (PS4). The event is going to be held on 20th February, and there have been a lot of rumors, leaks and speculation going around about the new console. Today, we’re going to look at 5 things to expect from the PlayStation 4.
After the recent push in 4K technology from manufacturers, it should come as no surprise that Sony’s latest and great is expected to support 4K. However, rendering games in native 4K is going to take a lot of processing power, but what we with the rumored specs it seems that Playstation 4 is well equipped to run games in the 4k format.
Sony was one of the key proponents of 4K at CES 2013, they showed a diverse line up of 4K displays, cameras and projectors they are going to launch this year, so it stands to reason that their new console is going to at least support 4K videos, if not games. Sony’s digital 4K content delivery platform will probably be integrated with the PS4.
Cross Compatibility With Other Platforms
One of the main issue faced by game studios working with PlayStation 3 (PS3) is the disparity of hardware compared to all existing platforms. The esoteric and unique hardware design of PS3 means that game studios, who aim to bring games to all platforms, require extra effort to bring games to the platform. This processes takes up more resources than it should, as developing games for PS3 not only different, but it’s difficult. It’s one reason that small studios aren’t able to produce games for PS3 and Xbox 360, as they can only produce games for one console due to budget constraints.
Sony learned a lesson from the PS3, and it’s reported that they have been closely in touch game developers as they were developing the new gaming system. PS4 is expected to be a lot more friendlier for game, as it has ditched the esoteric design of its predecessor with a familiar PC-like hardware set up. This is a great move by Sony, and it’s great for everyone involved; the users will get more games; and the studios save time and money.
Compatibility With PS Vita
There are plenty of creative ways PS Vita can be used in conjunction with the new gaming system. It could serve as a mobile notification center for PlayStation Network (PSN), PS4 games could ship with bonus content for Vita and there can be cloud gaming configurations, similar to nVidia’s Sheild; there are a lot of possibilities with the two consoles.
PS4′s controller design has been influenced by PS Vita. According to inside sources, the new Dual-Shock controller is similar to the current controller in design with the exception of a touchpad, similar to the touchpad found on the back of Vita, in place of the start and select buttons.
Play. Record. Share.
Gameplay footage has taken mainstream on websites like YouTube, a lot of popular YouTubers are uploading their gameplay videos with commentary, and it seems that PS4 wants to cash in on this segment of the market. The PS4 is reportedly going to allow users to take screenshots and record almost 20 minutes of gameplay with no performance drawbacks. Users can then edit, and share their recorded gameplay on to the internet, or with other PlayStation users.
A Competitive Price
When PS3 was launched, it came with an insane price tag: $500. The high price was partly justified by the Cell processor, and the console could be used as a Blu-ray player, which at the time of its launch cost around $400. Since PS4 is expected to follow a more conventional design, it will be reflected in its price. The new console is expected to be launched with a competitive price than its predecessor.
So there you have it, 5 things to expect from the PlayStation 4 based on the rumors and leaks we’ve thus far. Now we just have to wait and see how many of the PS4 rumors turn out to be true.
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