Sony finally ended the speculation pertaining to the future of the PlayStation by announcing the PS4 late on Wednesday, and now, the replay of the event can be viewed – in its entirety – on YouTube. The event was, compared to the vast majority of such launch conferences, quite late in the day, so if you missed it, now’s your chance to relive the announcement as it unfolded.
The event began with a little talk of the various successes of the PlayStation brand in general, before the console itself – along with that DualShock 4 controller we’d seen leaked on several occasions – was unveiled. Featuring a new design complete with a touchscreen in the middle, the DualShock 4 still manages to retain many of those omni-present characteristics, and although we’ll have to give it a hands-on before providing any meaningful critique, it certainly looks the part.
There was an air of relief after the announcement was made, as any doubt could be cast aside, and various Sony executives – as well as key developers and partners within the development scene – could then began going into detail about the capabilities of the next-gen console. The Japanese company was keen to stipulate that the PlayStation 4 would indeed be more than just a console in the traditional sense, and with integration with mobile devices, continued support for PlayStation Move, and various sharing and streaming services from the get-go, long gone seem the days where all that mattered were the launch titles.
Nevertheless, Sony has certainly not forgotten its roots, and a great deal of the second half of the stream is dedicated to showing how some of the new titles will look on the PlayStation 4.
In terms of hardware, it is a powerhouse, and with support for 4K video out, looks pretty good value for those who like their UHD video.
Sony has remained a little less forthright in specifying exactly how much all this will cost, although the $400 starting price point has been rumored several times. As for a release date, again, nothing is concrete, although Sony has delivered an ETA of the holiday season.
If you want to catch the re-run of the event, please check out the video below.
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