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Sony Introduces PlayStation 4

20 Feb, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) Feb. 20 introduced its new gaming console, the PlayStation 4, which will feature an 8 GB hard drive, cloud-gaming capabilities and second-screen integration.

“The arrival of PS4 is a critical initiative that presents an enormous opportunity to dramatically evolve the game play experience into something far grander than ever imagined,” Andrew House, SCE president and group CEO, said during a press presentation. “From enhanced social capabilities to intensified power to realizing bigger, better and more immersive game play, to the evolution of our ecosystem to meet the requirements for a simpler, more adaptive interface, we believe PS4 proves we have more to offer than ever before.”

SCE did not show what the console looks like, and did not reveal pricing or a release date.

The system will offer social networking capabilities while games are being played, dozens of entertainment applications, and will allow games to be played while they’re being downloaded. Sony will also let gamers try games for free before downloading them.

The system promises to integrate second screens, including the PS Vita, smartphones and tablets, with the hopes of allowing users to play PS4 titles on other screens via WiFi.

Game designer Mark Cerny, the lead system architect for PS4, said the new console will be the most powerful gaming and entertainment option available when it’s released.

“We wanted to ensure that nothing would come between the platform and the joy of play,” he said. “We also wanted to be sure that the system architecture could fluidly connect the player to a larger world of experiences, and provide easy access to everything PlayStation has to offer — across the console and mobile spaces, and PlayStation Network. And we were able to create, in PS4, a platform by game creators for game creators.”

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