Yesterday we were fiendishly teased by Sony about a mysterious event being held in New York City on February 20th.
Naturally the Internet became alive with speculation, and all fingers pointed towards the PlayStation 4. According to information accrued by Edge Online, the reveal is all about the next PlayStation console and it’s actually quite the beast.
First things first, development sources working on both next-generation consoles told Edge that the PlayStation 4 will be more powerful than the next Xbox entry. They also said that it’ll ship with a redesigned controller and new PlayStation Eye peripheral for arrival in Japan and the US for christmas with support for PlayStation Move.
However, they stated that the PlayStation 4 wouldn’t arrive until early 2014 in Europe due to the region’s tricky distribution methods.
It’s been widely rumoured that the controller will undergo some sort of change this time around, after all Sony wanted to alter it for the PlayStation 3 anyway. This new controller, according to Edge’s sources, it’s going to be the same size as the current DualShock. However it’ll feature a small touchpad where the Start, Select and PS buttons are. It utilises the same technology as the Vita’s rear touchpad, and should be as responsive.
There’s also said to be a new ‘Share’ button on the controller that, when pressed, launches a new feature allowing screenshots and video to be pushed online. The PS4 can continually record the most recent 15 minutes of onscreen action, so you can edit and upload it online effortlessly.
In terms of power, sources say that it’s actually very close to what was rumoured earlier this month. Sony’s efforts to make the PS4 far more accessible to developers, instead of the complexity found with the PS3, means that the new console is far more in line with that of a PC in terms of it’s internal makeup.
While the next Xbox offers up 8GB of DDR3 RAM, the PS4 will offer 4GB. However it’ll be GDDR5 and thus move data at 176 gigabytes per second, which is intended to eliminate the bottlenecks that scuppered the PS3′s performance.
Interestingly, Edge report that sources at Sony are saying the company are pushing to launch the PS4 with 8GB to match up to Microsoft’s efforts.
Sony has the stronger system on paper, but an Edge source who is familiar with both platforms claims that Sony’s hardware is “slightly more powerful” and “very simple to work with”.
So, what does this actually mean for you? If Sony’s machine is the better of the two, and easier to work with for developers, you can see a lot more games hitting the PS4 from third-party developers – and each one being much stronger than the console divide was this generation. The real clout will come from Sony themselves who will look to its exclusives, such as Uncharted, God Of War, Killzone, to deliver some absolutely astounding visuals and features to showcase exactly how powerful their console is.