Sony Unveils PlayStation 4, Showcases New Dualshock 4 Controller

Big Meeting 2013 conference focuses on Sony's future

Did you get a chance to watch the Sony Meeting 2013 event as it streamed live? Mileage will vary as to how satisfied you are, but at least the thing everyone expected came to fruition: Sony unveiled PlayStation 4, detailed the system's specs, and started showcasing games, with the promise of more to come at this year's E3.

 

PlayStation 4 is due out this holiday season, and it comes packin' some heat: 8GB of memory, a local hard drive, x86 CPU, a custom secondary chip that lets users play games as they download, and more. If any of the press conference's opening moments of tech wizardry had your ears perking up, then you probably already know all this. Anyway, we'll have more on this later.

 

The console itself was MIA, and Sony primarily started off focusing on the Dualshock 4 controller, which leaked in images last week. The controller's overall design stays true to past iterations of the Dualshock, but this time there's a big honkin' touch pad front and center, similar to the one on the rear of the PS Vita. 

 

 

The Dualshock 4 has a new, more sensitive six-axis sensor, and an Options button that combines the start and select buttons. There's also a speaker underneath the touchscreen, a stereo headset jack, a share button that links to social features—players can broadcast their games for friends to comment on, and even take control of—and a Move light strip for interaction with the newly revealed PS4 stereo camera.  

 

The camera in question is the PlayStation 4 Eye, and it sports two cameras with wide-angle lenses that pick up depth of space, as well as the color of the light bar on top of the controllers, in order to determine player position. 

 

There was also more new tech shown—like the PlayStation Cloud and the ability to play PS4 games remotely on PS Vita—as well as games ranging from a new Killzone to some Luminous Engine teases and the promise of a PS4 Final Fantasy from Square Enix. We'll have more on all that shortly, including plenty of video.

 

In the meantime, what did you think of Sony's presentation? Are you excited for PlayStation 4 yet?

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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