After six long years of waiting Sony has demonstrated the PlayStation 4 console it claims is the “future of entertainment” — but refused to show off the console itself or say when it will go on sale, or how much it will cost.
The struggling electronics giant hopes the next generation console will help it regain market share against Microsoft, which is yet to reveal plans for its new Xbox console although both are expected to be on sale in time for Christmas.
The PlayStation 4 features dramatically increased graphics power, and a new controller with a built in touch-pad.
The new console was demonstrated during a two- hour press conference in New York. However, the firm came under fire for not revealing what the console looks like, with Twitter users referring to the press conference as the great PS4 scam. However, the firm claimed it wanted to focus on the games at the event.
“I don’t know that the box is going to be something that’s going to have a dramatic impact on people’s feelings about the game” said Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, the US- based arm of the PlayStation business. “It will be a colour and a size fairly comparable to previous consoles” Tretton said the price of the PS4 hasn’t been decided yet, but hinted that it wouldn’t be as high as the PlayStation 3 was initially.
- New Dual Shock controller with built-in touch pad.
- Dramatically improved graphics and processing power.
- Based on same X86 chips used in desktop computers to help game developers.
- 3D camera that can tack the controller and the player.
- Games can also be played at Sony Vita hand-held control.