It is official. The Sony PlayStation 4 is the newest console to be announced that is part of the next-gen platform of home console systems. As stated during the NYC press conference,”We believe that PlayStation 4 represents a shift from thinking of a box or console,” said Sony’s Andrew House. “PlayStation is the best place to play.” The PS4 using an x86 processor, a souped-up PC GPU (“2 teraflops of processing power”), 8GB of GDDR5 system memory, and local storage — essentially, it’s a PC. This whole setup becomes an APU setup; both the CPU and GPU lie on the same chip.
This is probably a good time to say that backwards-compatibility is not possible on the PS4, instead streaming of PS3 games is what will allow one to play previous-generation games. Next-gen games include Killzone: Shadow Fall, inFamous: Second Son, Knack, Bungie’s Destiny, Diablo III and Drive Club, a team-based racing game with challenges and fast production cars.
The Sony PlayStation 4 will launch in the holiday season of 2013. No exact release date or price has been announced. And no images of the actual hardware, either.