Sony officially announced its successor to the Playstation 3: Playstation 4.
PS4′s hardware was described as being created “by game creators for game creators” by game designer and hardware architect Mark Cerny, who revealed that it would boast an X86 CPU chip that has “decades of programming expertise.” RAM-wise it’ll sport 8GB of unified memory and a local hard drive.
The new controller, entitled “DualShock 4,” has a small center touchpad, headphone jack, and a new “Share” button that lets you record footage/screenshots of your gameplay and display it publicly on Youtube.
Another neat feature of sharing is the ability for anyone to livestream their gameplay session while spectators comment on it. Friends who watch your stream can take over your game to help you out.
A companion for the controller was also revealed: a new second peripheral camera-esque “bar” that can sense the depth of the environment in front of it.
The first game revealed for the PS4 is Mark Cerny’s Knack, which has a little robot comprised of wooden blocks.
Gaikai CEO Dave Perry took to the stage afterward to reveal that the company, which was bought out by Sony last year, will utilize its cloud technology for the Playstation Store, allowing users to try a game instantly “just by hitting the X button.”
This cloud technology will also allow for strides in PS1, PS2 backwards compatibility. The possibility for PS3 cloud gameplay is still being researched.
Lastly, Remote Play was shown off with the Vita, allowing players to continue a PS4 game right on their Vita screen, Wii U-style.
As of this writing, Sony’s NYC press conference is ongoing. Stay tuned for more info as it’s released.