Last night, Sony announced its next generation gaming console, PlayStation 4 (PS4) at a media event in New York City.
The PlayStation 4 will be powered by an 8-core x86-64 CPU using AMD Jaguar cores, a high-end PC GPU (also built by AMD) and unified 8GB of GDDR5 memory for use by both the CPU and GPU with 176GB/s memory bandwidth.
The PS4 will include a large local hard drive, Blu-ray/DVD drive, a USB 3.0 port, Ethernet and Bluetooth.
It will also come with a new DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller. The controller comes with a dedicated ‘Share’ button that allows you to easily broadcast your gameplay in real-time through streaming sites such as Ustream and a light bar with LED on the front side that illuminate in various colors to match the color of the character in a game as a simple way to identify players. It also has a touchpad at the front of the controller as a new input method, which will offer more ways to interact with games.
Sony also demoed games like Killzone: Shadow Fall game, which takes advantage of PS4’s hardware capabilities with very detailed environments, loads of lens flare, depth of field effects, and realistically modeled water effects.
PlayStation 4 will be arriving in the holiday season of 2013, however Sony didn’t give us a glimpse of the new hardware, which was quite strange, nor did it provide any pricing details.
Anyways, the reason I’m talking about PlayStation 4 is because Sony also announced a PlayStation 4 app for iOS called PlayStation®App, which will bring second screen experience to the iPhone and iPad.
Here’s a brief description of the app from the press release that was sent to Engadget:
A new application from SCE called “PlayStation®App” will enable iPhone, iPad, and Android based smartphones and tablets to become second screens. Once installed on these devices, users can, for example, see maps on their second screens when playing an adventure game, purchase PS4 games while away from home and download it directly to the console at home, or remotely watch other gamers playing on their devices.
That’s it. I guess we will find out more when PS4 arrives.