Sony’s huge, hyped-up PS4 event in New York City concluded Wednesday evening after two hours of dazzling gameplay, awesome features and a sleek new touchpad controller.
But we didn’t see the actual console. We didn’t hear a price. And we didn’t learn about a release date.
Xbox’s Larry Hryb, a.k.a. Major Nelson, put it nicely:
Announce a console without actually showing a console? That's one approach
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) February 21, 2013
And here’s this from The Verge’s Tom Warren:
I imagine the Xbox folks were sitting in a room for the past 20 hours or however long that presser was and were just laughing. Hard.
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) February 21, 2013
So yes, there’s a PS4 coming to the world this holiday season and we learned plenty about it today. It will have an X86 processor, PC-style GPU and 8GB of high-speed memory. There is a huge social push with the new PS4, where players can watch each other playing online, easily share gameplay videos and have the console learn the likes and dislikes of each player that will eventually trigger automatic game downloads.
There’s also heavy integration with the handheld PlayStation Vita similar to Nintendo’s Wii U, where players can transfer games from the PS4 to the Vita. And there are plenty of cool titles coming to the console, including Bungie’s new game Destiny.
But we’ll continue wondering what the PS4 looks like, how much we’ll be shelling out for it and when we can actually play it.
I’m excited to see what Microsoft does at its event for the next-gen console. Here’s hoping we can actually see it.
Previously on GeekWire: Bungie’s ‘Destiny’ coming to PS4 with exclusive content