In 2006, Sony revolutionized home entertainment with the release of the PlayStation 3. Heralded as the most cutting-edge gaming console on the market, the PlayStation 3 took next-generation gaming to a whole new level. Recently, Sony attempted to shake the gaming market up again by officially announcing the highly anticipated PlayStation 4. Let’s take a look at a few of the key selling points of the PlayStation 4.
DualShock 4 controller
While it looks similar in design to the previous controller, the new DualShock 4 controller packs some new features, such as a touch pad, share button, PlayStation 4 eye camera, built-in speaker and a colored light bar.
One of the biggest shifts gamers can expect with the PlayStation 4 is the platform’s new digital distribution service. Similar to the PS Vita, all titles available on the PlayStation 4 will be available as digital downloads. If you’re a fan of fancy packaging and deluxe box sets, you needn’t worry, however, as many of the top titles available for the PlayStation 4 will also be sold as boxed versions.
Another innovation fans can expect from the PlayStation 4 is the platform’s integrated cloud gaming functionality. This not only means gamers will be able to open up their games to the public, which will be ideal for fans of multiplayer titles, but the system’s online store will monitor users’ gaming habits and make tailored recommendations on similar titles that fans may like. While this could be a great way to discover new games, it could also serve as a targeted advertising platform that may be an annoyance to some gamers.
If you know your way around a PC, you may be excited to learn that the PlayStation 4 will boast an AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) comprised of eight CPU cores. These chips will form the basis of Sony’s new “Jaguar” architecture, which will replace the outdated “Bobcat” architecture of Sony’s less-powerful APUs. However, what will impress any hardcore gamer is the fact that the new Jaguar APU will feature a whopping 8GB of GDDR5 memory, meaning processing speed is definitely where the PlayStation 4 will shine. Although some PC gamers may turn their nose up at these specifications, which are quite easily outperformed by top-end gaming rigs, this hardware is a major step forward for a console.
The PlayStation 4 is expected to be released this holiday. Will you be picking one up? Why or why not?