Sony PlayStation 4: everything you need to know

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This evening Sony announced its next-generation console, the PlayStation 4 and its accompanying new controller, the DualShock 4. The company had a few surprises up its sleeve, like the fact that its recently-released PS Vita would be capable of playing PlayStation 4 games via streaming technology it acquired when it purchased Gaikai. The news is still coming, so check back with this StoryStream for everything you need to know about the new hardware, latest games, and more.

54 updates and 8071 comments below.

May 26 4:02a

Sony prepares to bring PlayStation to China

Microsoft and Sony's global battle for gaming dominance is about to spill over into China. After the country's longstanding ban on home consoles was lifted earlier this year, Microsoft announced it'll start local sales of the Xbox One in September, and now Sony's putting plans in motion to do the same with its PlayStation. Documents filed with the Shanghai Stock Exchange show Sony has set up a pair of joint ventures with Shanghai companies for the production and sale of PlayStation hardware...

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Apr 17 7:03p

Sony extends PS4's lead over Xbox One despite 'Titanfall' launch

Titanfall was the best-selling game for the month of March, according to NPD, but it didn't help Microsoft take the lead in the latest console war. Today, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One has shipped over five million units to retailers, but yesterday Sony reported selling seven million units of the PlayStation 4. That's a sizable lead for Sony, especially considering that Sony says those consoles were actually sold to consumers, not just those sitting on retail shelves. (The...

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Mar 18 8:58p

Sony reveals Project Morpheus, its VR headset for PlayStation 4

Sony has revealed its plans for virtual reality technology on the PlayStation 4. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, showed off a prototype headset at a Game Developers Conference 2014 event entitled Driving the Future of Innovation. "Nothing delivers a feeling of immersion better than VR," said Yoshida. "VR has been a dream of many gamers since the computer was invented. Many of us at PlayStation have dreamed of VR and what it could mean to the gaming community."

Feb 25 1:29a

Over 322,000 PS4 consoles sold on Japanese opening weekend

The PlayStation 4 appears to be off to a good start in Japan. According to figures from Japanese magazine Famitsu, 322,083 PS4 consoles were bought in the first two days on sale — that's nearly four times as many as the 88,443 PS3 systems sold on its opening weekend back in 2006.

Feb 21 10:24p

PlayStation 4 goes on sale in Japan, and there's no competition

The PlayStation 4 is now available in Sony’s home country of Japan, over three months after it first became available in the US. The release comes after Sony has racked up impressive figures elsewhere; the company announced earlier this week that it has sold over 5.3 million consoles worldwide as of February 8th, and managed to nearly double Microsoft's Xbox One sales in the US for the month of January. It remains difficult to find on store shelves.

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Nov 29 8:27a

How the PlayStation 4's 'Playroom' brought out the worst in gamers

The stars of Sony's The Playroom are meant to be its robots. Small, white, and cute, they jump and wiggle around at the feet of their owner. The Playroom — an alternate reality game that comes pre-loaded on PlayStation 4 — projects the miniature machines into players' living rooms. Using the PlayStation Camera, players can interact with them, kicking, flicking, and cradling them as they frolic and cower.

Nov 25 5:14a

How much faster is a PlayStation 4 with an SSD?

We've known for a long time that users will be able to swap out the hard drive in Sony's PlayStation 4 for another model, but what type of drive makes for the best replacement? Tested recently ran a side-by-side test with a trio of drives to determine which offers the best performance and value. A 256GB Samsung SSD, a Sony-issued 500GB standard drive, and a 1TB hybrid drive (a regular hard drive with a small amount — in this case 8GB — of solid-state storage added) were all used to boot up...

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Nov 17 6:40a

Sony sells over 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles in just 24 hours

Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4 console is off to a good start. The company announced today that it has sold over 1 million consoles in just 24 hours. Sony’s PlayStation 4 only launched on Friday in the US and Canada, so it's an impressive start for just two regions. "We are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal," says Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. "Sales remain very strong in North America, and we expect continued enthusiasm as we launch...

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Nov 15 10:27a

Sony PlayStation 4 review

<p><em>By Sean Hollister, Ross Miller, and David Pierce</em></p> <p>Seven years is a technological eternity. Yet the PlayStation 3 has sold well for that long, ever since DJ Fatman Scoop and Ludacris hosted its blowout launch event in New York City in 2006. At launch, the PlayStation 3 was big, heavy, and expensive — it took nearly two revisions and almost a dozen SKUs of PS3 to get Sony to 2013. The console now starts under $200, the controller rumbles, Blu-ray is the dominant physical disc format, backwards compatibility is a moot point, and there's a large back catalog of titles both physical and digital. PlayStation Move exists now.</p> <p>But even as the current generation continues to adapt and evolve, Sony has decided it’s time to start anew. Time to do something fresh, to create the console that will sate gamers for seven more years. Sony’s new PlayStation 4 reflects the company’s guess about the future of video games, and displays the many lessons Sony’s learned over the life of the PS3. It’s built a different kind of console for a different sort of purpose as it looks to 2014 and 2021 to see what we’ll want to buy. </p> <p>The next generation of console is here, and it’s here to stay. But while Microsoft decided to use its next console generation to lay siege to your living room, Sony’s simply taken its formula to the next level — it’s attempted to build the game console of our dreams.</p> Continue reading »

Nov 08 10:29a

PlayStation 4 launch freebies include $10 digital credit, 30-day PS Plus and Music Unlimited trials

The launch of any new console can do some serious damage to your bank account. But one week ahead of the PlayStation 4's launch, Sony is announcing a trio of free pack-ins meant to reward games who invest in the console early on. For a limited time, PS4 buyers in the United States and Canada will receive three bonuses packed in with the console. First is $10 worth of PlayStation Store credit that you're free to use however you'd like, be it for a game purchase or HD movie rental. Next is a...

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Nov 07 7:58a

Sony reveals PlayStation 4 innards a week before its release

Earlier this year, Sony famously made its PS4 announcement without actually showing anyone the hardware. We all had to wait months for E3 in Los Angeles to see the new black box — even hardware architect Mark Cerny was kept in the dark — but now everyone knows of the sharp, angular new look. What we hadn't yet glimsped were the innards of the PlayStation 4, which have today finally been revealed, courtesy of Wired.

Sony engineering director Yasuhiro Ootori both unboxes and tears down the new...

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Oct 30 1:52p

Sony releases massive PlayStation 4 FAQ as launch approaches

We're just over two weeks out from the release of Sony's PlayStation 4, and today the company is setting out to answer any lingering questions you may have. Sony has published an exhaustive FAQ at the PlayStation Blog covering a wide range of topics including the console itself, supported accessories, and new details on the PlayStation Network and digital games availability.

Out of the box, the PS4 will include a 500GB 5,400RPM hard drive that's user replaceable — so long as the new drive is...

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Sep 25 5:32a

Latest PS4 screenshots show gradual evolution, new mobile app

It was shortly after Sony's February announcement of the PlayStation 4 that the company provided a first look at the user interface of its next-gen console. Since then, Sony's been iterating steadily, making small changes here and there, but the latest batch of screenshots reveals a reassuringly similar appearance — it doesn't seem like Sony has found any glaring faults with the UI and is sticking to its earlier paradigm.

That's not to say that things are entirely unchanged, as the interface...

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Sep 09 2:50a

PS4 launches in Japan on February 22nd, three months after the US

One notable omission from the PlayStation 4 launch information provided at Gamescom was any hint of a date for Sony's home country of Japan. At a press conference today, however, Sony revealed that the next-generation console will be released on February 22nd, 2014, priced at ¥39,980 (about $400) excluding sales tax.

The console will also be offered in additional bundles. A package with the PlayStation Camera peripheral — which is not included with the console elsewhere — will sell for...

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Aug 22 10:00a

PS4 is a return to the spirit of the early PlayStation days, says the man who built it

Even if you weren't familiar with Mark Cerny before the start of this year, you'll have been hard-pressed not to hear his name after he was announced as the PS4's lead system architect. The man in charge of specifying how much oomph Sony's next black box will need to carry on the storied PlayStation heritage was in Cologne, Germany, this week to participate in Sony's Gamescom activities. He sat down with us in the midst of the gaming show maelstrom to discuss the work he's been doing over the...

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Aug 20 4:14p

Sony announces one-click broadcasting for PlayStation 4 with Twitch streaming service

Twitch began its life as one of many channels on the streaming video service Justin.tv. But the video-game vertical quickly became bigger than the service that spawned it, and spun off into its own business. Today Sony announced that Twitch will be built directly into the new PlayStation 4, allowing users to broadcast their games live by simply clicking the share button on their controller.

"Five or six years ago it was a real pain in the ass to stream from home," says Rod Breslau, who has...

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PlayStation 4 will have 33 games by the end of the year

Sony just announced a November 15th release date for the new PlayStation 4, and following Microsoft's lead, the company's also revealing the full set of games it expects to deliver shortly after the launch of the game console. Unlike Microsoft, however, Sony isn't promising these games on the actual day of launch, merely "before the end of the year." Still, the company claims we'll see 33 different games before December 31st, 2013, and many more in the future.

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Sony announces PS3 to PS4 game upgrade plan, will offer 'significantly discounted' digital copies

Retailers are already devising their own upgrade programs to let consumers jump from current-gen games to their technically superior Xbox One and PS4 counterparts. But Sony is taking things into its own hands. At the company's Gamescom 2013 keynote, SCEA president Andrew House announced that Sony will offer an upgrade path for customers that purchase select PS3 titles and later wish to upgrade to a PlayStation 4 version of the same game. "We see this as a great way to reward PS3 gamers for...

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PlayStation 4 coming November 15th for $399

At Gamescom 2013, Sony answered the final big question about its next-gen console: the PlayStation 4 will go on sale November 15th in North America. The European release will follow two weeks later on November 29th. Priced at $399 / €399 / £349, the PS4 will do battle with Microsoft's $499 Xbox One, which is also scheduled for a November release. Sony plans to release 33 different games for the PS4 by December 31st, 2013.

Aug 02 4:23a

John Carmack feels Xbox One and PS4 are 'very close,' but Kinect is 'a poor interaction'

Id Software may not be at the vanguard of gaming innovation as it once was, however its patriarch John Carmack remains one of the most respected developers in the industry. Making his annual keynote address at Quakecon, Carmack didn't dodge the topic of the upcoming generation of consoles, however his opinion has been frustratingly diplomatic: he judges the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to be "very close." Reiterating his preference for Microsoft's Xbox 360 among the current-gen machines,...

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Jul 29 10:33a

Sony won't require subscription for PS4 party chat and online apps

Sony has revealed that it won't charge customers if they want to access party chat functions and third-party apps on the PlayStation 4. Unlike Microsoft, which requires Xbox 360 and future Xbox One owners to sign up to Xbox Live Gold, Eurogamer reports that Sony will provide free access to core services, as well as apps like Netflix and Hulu. Online multiplayer will still require a PlayStation Plus subscription, but it will not apply to free-to-play games, which is another thing that...

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Microsoft prices Xbox One controller at $59.99, headset at $24.99

We now know a little more about Microsoft's cost proposition for the Xbox One; the company has revealed that spare controllers will cost $59.99, and official wireless headsets will sell for $24.99. The information will be important to anyone wanting to play local multiplayer or use voice chat on Xbox Live — Xbox 360 controllers and games are not compatible with the new console, and Microsoft won't include a headset in the box.

The Xbox One itself will cost $499.99, a $100 premium on Sony's P...

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Jun 10 11:14p

Hands-on with Sony's PlayStation 4 and DualShock controller

Several months after it was first revealed, we now know what Sony's PlayStation 4 looks like, and surprise: it's a black box. While we still haven't gotten to see the PlayStation 4 in action, we've gotten a quick look at both it and the DualShock 4, Sony's new controller. Where the new PlayStation is hard and blocky, the controller has gotten softer, with rounded sides and a matte black finish.

Practically, the basic controls aren't terribly different to the DualShock 3; you'll get...

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May 30 4:35p

Kaz Hirai says the PS4 is 'first and foremost' a game console, more features to be revealed

Sony and Microsoft launched their next-gen consoles in very different ways: the Xbox One was pitched as a complete living room device, while the PS4 event was a nonstop series of game demos. That's important, Kaz Hirai told reporters at the D11 conference today. "The most important thing we need to do is agree and understand that the PS4 is a great video game console that appeals to video gamers," he said. "If we miss that part, I don't think we get the initial establishment of the console....

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May 29 9:52p

PS4 games must support PS Vita Remote Play streaming, says exec

Every standard PlayStation 4 game will be playable on Sony's PS Vita handheld using the Remote Play streaming functionality, a Sony executive has said. While the feature was announced during the company's PlayStation 4 event in February, Sony would only say at the time that the "long-term goal" was to get "almost every PS4 title" to work.

Eurogamer reported earlier, however, that Remote Play would be a mandatory feature for all PS4 games except those that require the PlayStation 4 Eye stereo...

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May 21 5:17p

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: the next console war pits living room against cloud

We think of video game consoles as being principally about, well, the games. But when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 went head-to-head in 2006, it wasn't games that truly determined the victor. What eventually drove the Xbox 360 to first place was the underlying vision — a place where your friends could connect, chat, and compete — as well as additions that no one saw coming, including Microsoft's Kinect and Netflix.

Based on what we now know about the next Xbox and PlayStation, we can...

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May 20 11:10a

Sony teases PlayStation 4 hardware ahead of Xbox event, says you'll 'see it first at E3'

Sony has teased the hardware design for its upcoming PlayStation 4 for the first time, after a February reveal that kept the device completely under wraps and left fans guessing about how Sony's next-generation console would look. In a new video, shown below, the company teases the PS4's hardware with a blurry black rectangle and flashes of design details.

The timing of the tease is no surprise, with Microsoft set to reveal its own next-generation Xbox tomorrow at its campus in Redmond,...

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May 09 2:15p

Unlike the PS3, Sony isn't expecting to lose money on the PlayStation 4

Back when it launched, Sony's PlayStation 3 was something of a technological marvel for a home console — and it had the price to match. Despite a starting price of $499, Sony still lost money on the console, but it doesn't plan to have the same issue this time around with the PlayStation 4. As reported by Eurogamer, Sony addressed the issue on its earnings call this morning after announcing that it made its first net profit in five years. "Unlike PS3, we are not planning a major loss to be...

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May 01 2:17p

'Call of Duty: Ghosts' set for November release, will be available on next-generation consoles

Activision is continuing its tradition of releasing a new title in its marquee first-person shooter franchise every year: the company has just officially announced Call of Duty: Ghosts will be available on November 5th. The game is being trumpeted as a new Call of Duty for the next generation of game consoles — the new Xbox and the PlayStation 4 — and it will be fully unveiled at Microsoft's May 21st next Xbox event. (The game will also be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.)...

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Apr 25 2:47a

PlayStation 4 lead architect reveals secrets behind Sony's next console

When Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 two months ago, many were impressed to see Mark Cerny fronting the presentation as lead system architect; the industry veteran first made his name by designing the classic Marble Madness at the age of 18, and has since been described as "the closest we have come to a modern-day da Vinci." Cerny hasn't spoken much about the PS4 since, but now a lengthy, in-depth interview with Gamasutra does a lot to explain the thinking behind the system's design.

Mar 01 11:52a

Sony says PlayStation Plus will play a 'prominent role' on the PS4

We didn't hear much about the PlayStation Plus subscription service at last week's announcement, but Sony Europe CEO Jim Ryan tells the PlayStation Blog that the company hasn't forgotten it. "We’re not yet in a position to disclose our plans for the future of PlayStation Plus," says Ryan, "but there will definitely be a prominent role to play for it in the PlayStation 4 landscape." Currently set at around $5 a month, the service gives players discounts on the PlayStation Store, cloud storage...

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Feb 28 5:16p

Sony 4K movie service will work with PS4, require 100GB-plus downloads

Sony is still being secretive about its forthcoming "world's first" 4K movie download service, but it sounds like it will eventually work with the equally-mysterious PS4. That's the word according to Sony Electronics President and COO Phil Molyneux, who said "I promise you will not be disappointed" when asked if the service would support his company's new console. That certainly makes sense, and it lines up with previous reports that the PS4 would support 4K photos and video, but not games.


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Feb 26 3:03p

The console war has changed: can the PS4 make gaming easy again?

Seven years ago, Nintendo made a crazy bet. With the Nintendo Wii, the company decided not to compete with the then-upcoming Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 when it came to gaming graphics. Instead, Nintendo made the console experience more accessible, and kept the price tag hundreds of dollars cheaper than the competition. The result: record sales, record profits, and an expansion of the gaming audience unlike any in history.

Feb 25 10:45p

Every PlayStation 4 game will be available to download, subscription service a possibility

With the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable, you could certainly download quite a few games. With the new PlayStation 4, however, it sounds like digital downloads will be a primary method of distribution. Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told The Guardian that every single PlayStation 4 title will be available digitally.

"PS4 will be similar to PS Vita in that every game will be available as a digital download, and some will also be available as a disc," he said in an interview...

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Feb 22 9:18a

Sony says PS4 cloud features are 'aspirational,' isn't sure what will work on day one

At Sony's big PlayStation 4 announcement earlier this week, the company made it clear that it was going to rely on the cloud for many of the console's new features. Sony talked up the ability to play online games while they download, uploading and sharing gameplay video on the fly, and a lot of other cloud-based features that appear inspired by the recent purchase of Gaikai. Unfortunately, it's not yet clear what exactly will work out of the box. Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony...

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Jimmy Fallon plays 'Killzone: Shadow Fall' in first PS4 demo away from Sony's stage

Sony's big PlayStation 4 event on Wednesday was highlighted by an extended playthrough of one of the new console's launch titles, Killzone: Shadow Fall. While the game exhibited all the lovely graphical detail you'd expect from a next-gen title, it was still being played with the calm and methodical hand of an experienced Sony demo man. Last night, however, Jimmy Fallon managed to get his paws on one of the touchpad-equipped DualShock 4 controllers and tried the new Killzone out for himself....

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Feb 21 3:03p

Sony downplays 3D gaming and discusses supporting existing purchases on the PS4

The day after announcing the PlayStation 4, Sony has been parceling out more information on the still-unseen console. Though the "final specs and design" are still being tweaked for a release at the end of 2013, we now have a long list of planned features and specifications, including answers to some of the most pressing pre-release questions. Sony initially focused on wowing audiences with connectivity and specs: it's touted a custom AMD Jaguar processor, 8GB of RAM, a 6x Blu-ray and 8x DVD...

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Sony CEO Jack Tretton: PS4 'still in development in terms of final specs and design'

Sony's PlayStation 4 announcement last night notably included no footage of the actual console — and now, Sony Computer Entertainment of America CEO Jack Tretton says that's because the company still hasn't got it ready. In an interview with AllThingsD, Tretton said that "we’re certainly capable of showing playable game content, but we don’t have a mass-production box that we can bring out and pull out. That’s still in development in terms of final specs and design."

He defended the decision...

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PlayStation 4 won't block used games, says Sony

Before today's PlayStation 4 announcement, rumors had flown about whether or not Sony would implement a system to block users from playing second-hand games on the console. It wasn't addressed in the company's presentation, but now Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Worldwide Studios, has denied the reports.

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Feb 20 10:15p

Sony's 'PlayStation App' for iOS and Android adds second screen to PS4

Sony is working on a second screen app to work with its upcoming PlayStation 4 that will let users use their smartphones and tablets as companion devices while playing, and watch their friends’ gameplay wherever they have an internet connection. The new software is called PlayStation App (not to be confused with the existing PlayStation Official App), and while there aren’t many details right now, Sony suggests that users will be able to use it to do things like view in-game maps while...

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PlayStation 4 tech specs revealed: AMD 'Jaguar' CPU, faster Blu-ray, 720p 3D camera

We still have absolutely no idea what the PlayStation 4 looks like, but we're getting a better picture of what's within: Sony's just released a list of tech specs for the console. Confirming months of rumors, the PS4 will primarily have AMD silicon inside, in the form of a "single-chip custom processor" with eight AMD Jaguar CPU cores, and a next-gen Radeon graphics engine capable of 1.84 teraflops of performance.

Here's the full spec sheet:

  • Single-chip custom processor, with eight x86-64...

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Sony fails to show PlayStation 4 console at PlayStation 4 event

Sony just took the wrappers off the PlayStation 4 at a blowout event — but something was missing. Bizarrely, the company elected not to show any glimpse of the console hardware itself, instead focusing on internal details and a showreel of upcoming games. We did get to see the new DualShock 4 controller and the depth camera that it works with, but as for what you'll actually place under your TV come holiday 2013? We're none the wiser.

Perhaps Sony is attempting to avoid the eventual...

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The Verge and Polygon Live: PlayStation 4 launch event

It's the Future of PlayStation after-party! Chris Grant (Editor-in-chief, Polygon), Ross Miller (Senior Editor, The Verge), and a gaggle of special friends break down the biggest news of the night (spoiler: it's the PlayStation 4) with relevant and irreverent insight.

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Bungie's 'Destiny' is coming to the PlayStation 4

Famed developer Bungie just unveiled its latest project Destiny a few days ago, and now they have confirmed that it'll be making its way to the PlayStation 4. While this isn't a huge surprise, it's still one of the biggest new game announcements Sony made today. It'll also be coming to the PS3, as we already knew, but we also learned that the game will offer some exclusive content for those who buy the game for Sony's latest hardware. Not surprisingly, the game looks great, but there still...

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Blizzard announces 'Diablo III' for PS3 and PS4, as part of 'strategic partnership'

The biggest surprise of Sony's PlayStation 4 event wasn't even the PlayStation 4. Blizzard has just announced a strategic partnership with Sony, beginning with a port of Diablo III to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game consoles. After years of only supporting PCs, the company behind World of WarCraft is dipping its toe back in the waters of the game console. The game has been updated for console controllers, and will have a four-player co-op mode.

"Many of you are probably wondering...

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PlayStation 4 graphics revealed in 'Killzone: Shadow Fall' demo

Sony has shown off what appears to be the first gameplay footage from its new PlayStation 4 console with a demo of the upcoming Killzone: Shadow Fall game. Killzone is developed by Guerrilla Games and is a first-person shooter set in a futuristic environment. Sony spoke to great length about the PlayStation 4's hardware capabilities, and Killzone takes advantage of them with very detailed environments, loads of lens flare, depth of field effects, and realistically modeled water effects. It's...

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First PS4 games revealed: 'Killzone: Shadow Fall,' 'Deep Down,' 'Watch Dogs,' and more

The PlayStation 4 is coming, and gamers around the world have gotten their first look at titles they'll be playing on Sony's new console when it hits retail shelves. The first title showed off was Knack (below), developed by Sony's in-house Japan Studio. Clearly a showcase of the console's horsepower, a brief demo featured hundreds of objects whizzed around the game's main character with nary a hiccup. In terms of visual style, the game takes on an animated movie-like appearance. Knack was...

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Sony confirms that the PlayStation 4 won't play PS3 games natively

Unfortunately, Sony just announced that the PlayStation 4 won't play PS3 games natively out-of-the-box — all of the games you've accumulated over the last few years will be stuck on the older console. However, Sony did say it is exploring "advanced technologies" to bring PS3 support to the PS4 eventually. That backwards compatibility could come via Gaikai-powered streaming, just as we heard last week. According to a Sony tweet, it sounds like that compatibility won't be limited to just the...

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Sony completely revamps its user interface for the PlayStation 4

Sony has just announced a complete overhaul of the user interface for the PlayStation 4. The XrossMediaBar is totally gone from this iteration (it's also notably absent from the PS Vita, too). Aesthetically the redesign looks a lot like the latest PSN redesign, with a notification bar at the top of the screen. The interface relies heavily on social and video features, with mobile companion mobile apps that look almost identical to the PS4 UI. Real-name profiles, likely pulled from existing...

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Sony adds instant 'remote play' of PlayStation 4 games on PS Vita

Sony has announced a new "remote play" feature for the PS Vita, which will allow PlayStation 4 games to be played directly on the Vita. "Our long term goal is to make every PS4 title playable on the Vita," the company says. It's a strategy similar to what we've seen on the Nintendo Wii U and Nvidia's Project Shield, where home console or PC games can be streamed to a smaller second screen. Though we're not sure exactly how it works yet, Sony says it's integrated Gaikai technology that...

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PlayStation 4 can upload video while you play, allow users to watch games remotely

At its PlayStation 4 event, Sony announced that its new console will feature unique video-sharing features, including the ability to stream video from games as you play them and watch other people's games over the PlayStation Network. Sony says that its "goal is to make sharing of video as popular in PS4 as screenshots are today." Sony says the PS4 features dedicated, always-on video compression that can seamlessly upload gameplay as you use the console.

The console will allow users to watch...

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Sony's PlayStation 4 will use Gaikai game streaming technology

Once upon a time, Gaikai was a tiny, optimistic company throwing everything at the wall, desperate to find a use for its cloud gaming technology. Today, those dreams have been fulfilled: Gaikai founder David Perry walked out on stage at Sony's PlayStation 4 event, confirming that the new PlayStation will use that tech to stream games over the internet.

Previously, we'd heard that Gaikai would just be used to deliver legacy PlayStation 3 titles on the new platform, but that's not the case...

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Sony PlayStation 4 games can be played while they are downloading

During its PlayStation 4 announcement, Sony revealed that users will be able play online games before they are finished downloading to the system. Gaikai showed off a feature like this last year, but Sony tells us it doesn't use Gaikai's service, but rather secondary background processors. Additionally, the system has the ability to download games in the background, even while it is powered off, using the same chip. Sony says that users can even upload videos to the internet while playing...

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Sony announces DualShock 4 controller with touchpad and 3D camera tracking

Sony has announced the DualShock 4, a new controller with a touchpad and headphone jack. The controller will come with a dedicated share button and a light bar that identifies players or changes color during play, and it essentially looks like a sleeker version of the classic DualShock. The light bar, which rotates between three different colors, can actually be used to provide feedback during gameplay — to notify a player if their health is running low, for example.

The DualShock 4 packs...

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Sony announces the PlayStation 4, launching at the end of 2013

On stage at the "See the Future" event in New York, Sony has just announced its latest gaming console: the PlayStation 4. "We believe that PlayStation 4 represents a shift from thinking of a box or console," said Sony's Andrew House. "PlayStation is the best place to play." The console will be arriving in the holiday season of 2013, though unfortunately no pricing details were given, and Sony didn't provide any glimpses of the new hardware.

As introduced by lead system architect Mark Cerny,...

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