The next generation of video gaming has arrived, and along with it comes a flood of excitement and mystery surrounding the predecessor to a line of storied gaming systems.
While Sony Computer Entertainment has yet to entirely lift the veil of secrecy that shrouds the new PlayStation 4 console, the multimedia giant has released key platform details that will wrap gamer-centric designs and social networking into an upgraded graphics system, for what Sony calls one of the most immersive game experiences ever.
Scheduled for release later this year for the holiday season, the PS4 will come seven years after the release of the last Sony iteration — the PS3 — and will feature a re-designed controller, an aspect of the original PlayStation that hasn’t changed much in the nearly two decades of existence.
For gamers familiar with the design, the controller still retains the classic two-handled style with a directional pad and triangle, circle, square and cross action buttons, but now features a touch-pad and integrative “share” button to instantly place recorded content online. “It’s all live streaming, so you can take an instant replay of, say, “Call of Duty,” and instantly upload it to YouTube if you want,” said Chris Smith, manager of Gamer’s Paradise. “It’s really good for the social aspect.”
Although pictures of the console have not been released through the first week of April, Sony developers did announce software and hardware specifications in a February press release to highlight the advances in digital technology.
According to the press release, the PS4 will feature a graphics processing unit that contains 18 different computer units that each generate about 1.84 Teraflops of processing power, and a new memory system that creates a larger, quicker bandwith. For the gamer, that means smooth, crisp and lifelike imagery during gameplay. “The main thing with the new console is the better graphics,” Smith said.
“Most everybody’s excited about it, with Sony to be the only (game company) to announce, everyone’s excited for the next generation systems. It’s time for things to change.”
Gamer’s Paradise will begin taking preorders for the console, although a price for the PS4 has not been announced and the store will only get in enough consoles based on customer demand.
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