Sony launched its PlayStation 4 in New York on Wednesday, and the console will be on sale in December.
It is a “supercharged PC with the ability to effortlessly share interactive experiences,” said the Japanese electronics giant. However, the console was not present at the unveiling. The two-hour event involved various Sony executives showing its features and demonstration videos on stage.
There was no information on its price or availability upon release.
“Today marks a moment of truth and a bold step forward for PlayStation,” Gulf News quoted Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House as saying.
The system will feature an eight-core processor that will be able to handle more tasks than the PlayStation 3, and will be part of a new digital ecosystem that has “the fastest and most powerful gaming network,” Sony said.
“Our long-term vision is to reduce download times of the digital titles to zero,” said Mark Cerny, the PlayStation 4’s lead system architect.
There is speculation that the unveiling of the console is an attempt to steal the spotlight from Sony’s rivals Microsoft and Nintendo.
Microsoft is expected to release its next Xbox in June at the E3 video game expo in Los Angeles.
The PlayStation4 will come with an updated controller that has a newly introduced touch pad, a share button, and a light bar which allows for a new camera, making it easier to detect motion-control.
Some of the new features revolve around social networking. One button allows you to broadcast a video of your game so friends can “look over your shoulder,” said David Perry, co-founder of the Sony-owned internet game company Gaikai.