It was a considerable gamble on Sony's part to presents its next gaming console, PlayStation 4, without the actual console itself. But it was well worth the risk since the gaming platform will be the keystone in turning the electronic giant's fortune around. What went on display during last night's presentation in New York City was still full of enticement, including:
Single 8-Core x86-64 AMD Jaguar CPU
AMD Radeon-based Graphic Processor with 1.84 Teraflops
8GB GDDR5 RAM
Internal Hard Drive
6X Blu-Ray/8X DVD Drive
HDMI, Optical S/PDIF Audio, and USB 3.0 Ports
Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1 Connectivity
One hardware that made it to the event was the new PlayStation DualShock 4 controller. Instead of another molded plastic piece, Sony made the effort to construct the DualShock 4 with textured components. Relatively the same size as the current controller DualShock 4 will include a touchpad, a head phone jacket, built-in speaker, even a lightbar for notification purpose. Another hardware on display was the PlayStation 4 Eye, a 3D camera with motion tracking not unlike the Kinect on Xbox 360, though Sony's version boasts a higher resolution. Quipped with two 1280 x 800 cameras with f/2.0 fixed focus lens, the PlayStation 4 Eye has an 85-degree field of view along with a four-channel microphone array.
While it took five years to develop, it is likely that PS4 is still a work in progress, a reason why Mark Cerny, the lead system architect did not reveal price or exact date of release except sometime end of this year. However, most industry insiders point to the E3 trade show in June as the spot where Sony will officially unveils the PlayStation 4.
See more of PS4's preview video and additional images after the jump...