Sony made big news on Wednesday with the announcement of their next generation gaming console, the PlayStation 4. The PS4 comes with a number of great new features all focused on bringing the benefits of mobile gaming to traditional consoles. First off, the PS4 can pause and resume mid-game, and you can turn the system on, and resume exactly where you left off with a single button. The new controller features an extra touchpad sensor, and the entire system offers multi-tasking capabilities. The games are based on PlayStation Cloud allowing you to start playing a game while the rest is downloading in the background.
The PS4 specs include an 8-core 64-bit x86 AMD “Jaguar” CPU with a Radeon GPU comprised of 18 “compute units” capable of cranking out 1.84 TFLOPS for graphics. There’s 8GB of unified GDDR5 RAM capable of 176GB/sec of bandwidth There’s a blu-ray drive that spins a 6X as well as 802.11n WiFi, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, optical out, and even Analog AV ports. Sony didn’t actually show off the console or announce the storage space or pricing. They did lets us know that the PS4 is coming in time for the Holiday season later this year.
The iOS related news, is that Sony announced the upcoming PlayStation®App for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices enabling them to act as second screens for the PS4. The idea is similar to Xbox SmartGlass, allowing you to see bonus content related to games and movies, purchase PS4 games on the go, or remotely watch other players gaming. Not much else is known at this point, and it’s unclear if an iOS device could be used as a controller like the PlayStation Vita will be, but it’s coming none the less.
Sony has taken cues from Apple to make console gaming more efficient with instant-on, cloud downloads, and touch sensors.