February 20th, a day eagerly awaited by gamers, has come and gone. On that day, during the PlayStation 2013 Event, Sony officially revealed the PlayStation 4 and answered some of the questions that gamers have been wondering about.
The rumors about the controller have mostly proved accurate. The PlayStation 4’s new controller, the Dual Shock 4, was revealed and changes the look and feel of the ever so familiar Dual Shock we have come to know and love. The major features of this controller include touch input, a “light bar” that is similar to the Move controller and a share button that allows easy uploads of gaming videos and other content to social networks. The PlayStation Vita (and a variety of mobile devices) will also be able to remote play PS4 games through a feature called Second Screen. Second Screen will also allow gamers to interact with others through a new Social Network system. There they can upload videos, get help from each other or just talk to each other.
The PlayStation 4 will support video services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. The PS4 will also be able to discern gamers’ taste based on certain criteria and will offer players purchasing recommendations and may even automatically download appropriate games for them.
The PlayStation store will also be revamped, with demos being provided through the Gaikai streaming service for instant playability. There are plans to use Gaikai to make PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games playable on the PlayStation 4 through a cloud service. Also the XrossMediaBar (XMB) has been replaced by an entirely new interface as well. It has also been confirmed that PSN games are not transferable to the PS4.
There were numerous game announcements during the PlayStation 2013 Event. These included new installments of several series, including Killzone: Shadow Fall, and Infamous: Second Son. Some new IPs were announced, including Deep Down (working title), Drive Club and Knack. Square Enix announced that a Final Fantasy game will be coming to the PS4 with details to follow at E3. Several previously announced games were also confirmed for the PS4 including Destiny, Watch_Dogs, and Diablo III. Also revealed was the new game from Indie Game developer Johnathon Blow, called The Witness.
Despite all of these new answers to old questions, several mysteries remain unsolved. These include the actual appearance of the console, the price tag, some technical details, the available hard drive space and of course, the precise release date. For now, we can look forward to the PlayStation 4 becoming available during the 2013 holiday season.