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Sony unveils ‘most powerful platform ever’

Steven Walker, ’Doah Staff Writer
March 6, 2013

'Doah photo courtesy of Pocket-Link

‘Doah photo courtesy of Pocket-Link

Well, it is official; Sony Computer Entertainment has unveiled their newest generation gaming console to the world.
Sony’s president and group CEO Andrew House recently took to the stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center Studios in New York to reveal the name of Sony’s next-gen console. If you guessed Playstation 4, you are correct!

Sony plans to release this new system to consumers in most regions across the globe by the Holiday season of 2013. The majority of the specifications, concepts and features have been finalized, but what it is to look like or cost still remains a mystery.

The executive of Sony said the PS4 will be the “most powerful platform ever” and will allow “worlds to come alive with greater fidelity and intensity than ever before.” The development of a next-generation platform started about five years ago with a goal of freeing developers from technological barriers.

The new system supports seamless uploads of gameplay, spectating friends’ gameplay sessions in real time, as well as integrated chat. Players will also have profile pages, like Facebook, integrated into the “full PlayStation ecosystem.”

Lead PS4 system architect Mark Cerny stated, “We wanted to make sure nothing would come between the player, the platform and play. Our main goal was to architect the system so as to support a breadth of experiences.” The new experiences, graphics and attributes offered by PS4 are intended to take the wild world of gaming above and beyond our imaginable expectations.
Although the system’s specifications are crucial in its marketing to consumers, there is a lot to be read over to understand all the different components this platform consists of. The listed innovative features seem endless, and can be overwhelming to the inexperienced eye.

The internal breakdown of the platform is designed “by game creators for game creators” and that its architecture is “like a PC, but supercharged.” PS4 uses the X86 CPU and has 8 GB of memory and a local hard drive. It uses APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) technology and GDDR5 (Graphics Double Data Rate, version 5) memory, which is typically reserved for top of the line, high end graphics cards. With all of that laid out, it seems to me this console is the real deal.

The newly designed and re-constructed Dualshock 4 controller adds a whole new level of play to the consumer’s traditional gaming experience. Enhanced rumble and reduced latency, a touchpad, a headphone jack, and a new Share button — which will allow players to record gameplay or screenshots and share them instantly. Sony’s goal is to make the sharing of video on PS4 as popular as the sharing of screenshots today.

The pillars of the PS4 are simple, immediate, social, integrated and personalized. Established as the main focuses for this new gaming experience, they will give gamers a totally new feel to gaming. PS4 will let other players virtually look over your shoulder as you’re playing and, if you allow them to, post comments directly to your screen. Friends will even be able to take over your controller virtually and help you complete a section you can’t beat yourself.

Sony says the new Vita feature, along with iOS and Android devices will be capable of acting as second screens for PS4. The new system will allow Vita users to “seamlessly pull PS4 titles from their living room TVs” and play them on the portable over Wi-Fi, while a PlayStation app will enable players to supplement their console gaming experience by, for example, displaying maps or inventory screens on supporting devices.

Playstation 4 will also offer “personalization” and will “get to know you” as you play games and interact with your console. This means routinely suggesting games and related material based off of your previous interests and gameplay.

Our world advances technologically more and more each day, making our everyday interactions much more exciting and fast paced. Whether it’s video games or advancements in the medical field, our world is constantly improving upon what we already have. In our world of anticipation and excitement, there always seems to be something new around every corner. And just around the next corner, is the Playstation 4. But, I’m sure it won’t be long before the next new technology comes along and steals its thunder.

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