There was no sign of the actual PlayStation 4 at Sony’s event tonight, but the company did reveal the specs of the next-gen gaming console. The PlayStation 4 will have PC like specifications with an AMD “Jaguar” 8-core 64-bit x86 CPU, with a Radeon GPU comprised of 18 “compute units” capable of 1.84 TFLOPS of graphics processing might. There’s a 6X Blu-ray drive onboard as well as 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. On the connectivity front there’s 802.11n WiFi, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, optical out and also a legacy analog Audio Video out.
The new PlayStation 4 will also feature multitasking capability using which you’ll be able to pause a game mid-way and then open some other application, then get back to the game at the same point where you left-off. Mark Cerny, lead system architect PS4 and legendary game developer, also detailed that the PS4 has a second chip which enabled downloads and uploads in the background while you are playing games or using any other application. You can also start playing a game while its downloading. Sony is also planning deeper integration with smartphones and the PS Vita, which will enable the PS4 to be controller via these devices as well as share content with them.
The second generation of PlayStation Eye features two 1280 x 800 cameras, an 85-degree field of view and four microphones in all. The new Eye features facial recognition, player positioning, depth sensing and finally PlayStation Move support with some enhancements.The new Kinect-like Eye will be able to identify each player by the color of the DualShock 4’s LED light bar. Sony says that the Eye will allow users to use Facial Recognition to login, and support voice commands as well.
The DualShock 4 is a completely new controller which has a more rounded design and what appears to be rubberized grip. There’s also a touchpad, a headphone jack, share button, a light bar that will be used to uniquely identify players and a stereo camera to track the 3D position of the Move-compatible controller.
Sony made a great deal about the Share button, which according to them is the defining feature of the DualShock 4 controoler. Using this button players will be able to send video clips and screenshots to places such as Ustream, Facebook and share on the PlayStation Network as well.