Sony has officially announced the PlayStation 4.
Company boss Andrew House opened the show in New York. House outlined how important the PS4 is for Sony, saying, "The stakes are high for what we’re going to show you."
After weeks of speculation, the new console was announced alongside the DualShock 4. The controller includes a touchpad, microphone and a lightbar, which appears to include a 3D sensor.
The console features 8GB of RAM and the ability to continue games exactly where you left off without needing to boot the hardware up. Digital titles can also be played whilst they are being downloaded.
Sony also announced live videos can be easily shared, just like screenshots on the current generation. Players can hop into friends' games to help them with especially difficult sections, and the PS4 personalises itself to individual's interests by checking purchases and activity.
Gaikai cloud technology will allow players to try games on the PS Store immediately. Players can also spectate via the share button on the PS4 controller. This allows you to broadcast your game to friends while playing. Your buddies can also interact while you work through a title.
Remote play is built into the PS4's set up. PS4 games can be transferred to the PS Vita if the television needs to be used for other things. Somewhere, Nintendo is weeping. Sony say their long-term goal is to make every PS4 title available on PS Vita.
Sony announces PlayStation 4 and Dualshock 4
20 February 2013 | By Nick Akerman