Sony announced the PlayStation 4 today. The machine runs on standard PC hardware, using an x86 processor similar to those used in many windows machines, a standard (though customized) graphics processor and GDDR5 memory. The 8-core processor and GPU are unified, providing 170GPBS bandwidth. Kotaku reports Sony plans on launching two models for the next PlayStation this November for $429 and $529.
Last year’s $380 million purchase of Gaikai will start paying off for Sony in the form of a Gaikai app on the PlayStation Store. The new service will let players try a wide variety of PlayStation 4 games immediately, with the push of a button, with no download necessary since those games being streamed from powerful central servers.
A “PlayStation Cloud” service will allow for streaming of many PlayStation 4 games, as well as some titles from previous PlayStation generations. That will be the only way to play some older titles, though, as the PS4 will not support native play of PlayStation 3 titles at launch. The PS4 features social networking with personalized recommendations for downloading games and media. Users will also be able to login to their PlayStation profiles on phones, tablets or PCs.
The new system uses a DualShock 4 controller with a touchpad, share button, lightbar and headphone jack. The lightbar mates with a camera system on the PS4 that allows the console to track the depth (distance away) of the player. The PS4 features a built-in camera for 3D tracking and motion control, similar to the Xbox Kinect attachment.