The fourth PlayStation is out later this year. PlayStation #4. Pl4St4tion. PlayStation: The Fourth of Its Name. Sony has talked quite a bit about its next console, and although we don't know everything there is to know about the Pee-Ess-Four, we do know quite a bit.
We're rounding it all up for you right here -- keep this page bookmarked, 'cause we'll be updating it regularly over the next few months.
Meet the PlayStation 4:
This is the DualShock 4:
That big thing in the middle is a clickable capacitive touchpad. On the top is an LED that can interact with the PlayStation Camera (and change colours based on which player you are in a multiplayer game). Also on the controller are a Share button -- to let you record and share video footage of games as you play -- and an Options button -- essentially the replacement for Start and Select.
It's also quite comfy, in case you were wondering. Here's a video look:
We'll quote Sony's official website for this one:
$US399, $549 in Australia, €399, £349.
Like the Xbox One, Sony's next-gen play machine has a bunch of multiplatform games (like Metal Gear Solid V, Final Fantasy XV, and Thief) and a bunch of exclusives.
Here are the big exclusive PS4 games we know about so far:
- Knack, the action-platformer
- Killzone: Shadow Fall, a shooter that involves killing in some sort of zone
- Driveclub, a club in which you learn how to drive
- The Order: 1886, a cyberpunky alt-history action-adventure
- The superhero-packed open world game Infamous: Second Son
A lot of PC games are also getting console-exclusive PS4 versions, like Final Fantasy XIV, The Witness, and Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Presumably the eternally-delayed Last Guardian will make its way to PS4 as well.
It seems like so long ago, but at E3 2013, Sony released an instructional video explaining the detailed process behind sharing games on the PlayStation 4:
And, yeah, basically everything will work like it did last time around.
The PlayStation 4 is region-free, just like the PlayStation 3. But... game publishers will be able to region-lock their games, just like they could last generation. (This doesn't happen very often: Atlus caused some controversy in 2012 when they chose to region-lock their PS3 fighting game Persona 4 Arena, but they were the first publisher to add regional restrictions to a PlayStation 3 game.)
The PlayStation 4 will automatically record video footage as you go through games, and you can hit the Share button on your controller to send that footage to other PSN players. It's currently unclear exactly how many minutes of gameplay the machine will save: reports have claimed 15 minutes, but Sony says they're not revealing the number yet: "At this point, we’re not officially specifying the timeframe of the gameplay recorded beyond saying that it’s the last several minutes," a spokesperson told Kotaku.
Also known as Sony Kinect, the PlayStation Camera is a motion-sensing TV-mounted camera that won't come with the PS4. You'll have to buy the device separately for any games that might use it. It looks like this:
In theory, this is a game-changer: Sony is promising that you'll be able to stream all PS4 games on your Vita (except the ones that wouldn't work on Sony's handheld, like games requiring the camera). PS4 games playable on your portable, whenever you want -- if it works, it's a killer feature.
You'll also be able to interact with PS4 games using your smartphone/tablet as a supplemental device, like SmartGlass on the Xbox.
- No word yet how much we'll have to pay to play PS4 games online, but we will have to pay. Could be a tier system like on Xbox Live; could be binary -- we don't know yet.
- Sony says you'll actually be able to play games while they install to the PS4's hard drive, which could make up for the whole super-slow download speed thing that's been plaguing the PlayStation Network for the past few years.
- No backwards compatibility, but you might be able to play PS1/PS2/PS3 games through Gaikai's cloud-streaming service, if everything works right.
- PS4 games are $US60.
- Current PlayStation Move controllers will be supported on the PS4.
- A headset is included with the console.