PlayStation 4’s lead system architect Mark Cerny said that Sony started working on the console shortly after the release of the PlayStation 3, ultimately creating a console “for developers, by developers.” The console sports a completely updated UI, and a number of new features ranging from an updated controller to social features you won’t find on any other console.
The fourth-generation console has an X86 processor, enhanced PC GPU, and 8GB high-speed unified memory. The console will also have an updated DualShock controller, with a touchpad, share button, and a headphone jack directly on the controller. A light bar on the back of the controller identifies players, and a 3D camera on the console will track the controllers connected to the console.
Games you play on the PlayStation 4 can be suspended by just pressing the power button, and then started again by tapping the power button again –- right where you left off.
The console has dedicated, always-on video compression, making it easy to share video clips of your gameplay on-the-fly with friends.
Can’t get through a particular level? You can ask a friend on the web to virtually take over your controller and get you through. Friends can also watch you playing a game, virtually “over your shoulder,” and comment on your screen — if you allow them — while you play using the share button and the console’s “broadcast live” functionality.
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