Sony put the line out there for potential developers by giving out more information about the upcoming PlayStation 4 at GDC last month. The fourth main lineage PlayStation console will have some interesting technology including tracking player’s controllers and their face. TechRadar used the side-by-side local multiplayer split screen as an example where the PS4 will swap the screens depending on if the player switches positions.
As far as specs go, the PS4 will use eight x86-64 AMD Jaguar CPU cores, a next-generation AMD Radeon graphic engine, and a single chip processor. It will have 8GB of GDDR5 memory resulting in quick, fluid performance. Not only that; if you were to simply turn off the game mid-game—let’s just say for some sort of emergency–the PS4 will allow you to pick up at that exact spot. PlayStation Move makes a return and has been improved and will actually see some usage this time around. The star here besides the PS4 being a beast that trumps the Xbox 720 in the power department is the PS4 Eye.
The PS4 Eye features two cameras with wide-angle lenses. Without getting even more technical here, let’s say that it could possibly be great for streaming via Twitch.TV—the Justin.TV sister site for video game live streaming and e-sports–or whatever gameplay streaming site you may use. That’s another thing, PS4 will allow for live gameplay streaming and even allows for comments. From some screenshots the streaming interface actually appears to be very Twitch.TV-like with a chatroom/comment board to the side, the actual gameplay footage in the center, player username and people viewing located above as well. Unlike Twitch.TV, you can join in on a multiplayer game without having to ask the player and you can even buy the game from the streaming room if you like it.
One thing we’ve come to expect from PlayStation consoles post-PS2 is no backward compatibility—which is definitely a shame. Sony guarantees that some of the popular titles will be available to purchase in the store though. That’s something, right? At launch the games available will be Blizzard’s Diablo III, Sucker Punch’s Infamous: Second Son, Guerilla Games’ Killzone: Shadow Fall, Sony’s own Knack, Watch Dogs from Ubisoft, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from CD Projekt RED, and several other titles.
Curiously absent was mention of blocking used games. Sony didn’t confirm or deny that they would. The PS4 will be available this holiday season in the US.