According to a recent update from our gaming guru buds at EDGE, Sony will in fact be making their big reveal of their next-gen system system Feb. 20th as many have speculated since last nights teaser trailer dubbed “See The Future”. While we’re still uncertain whether or not Feb. 20th will be the big reveal for the PS4, seeing as Sony has quite a few upcoming first party titles to dangle in our faces, ‘See The Future” does hold heavy implications that something more unspoken of will be announced.
Development sources close to EDGE with working knowledge of both next-gen consoles have spilled the beans on the new systems capabilities, explaining to them that the PlayStation 4 will be more powerful than the next Xbox (to what degree is uncertain) and will come packaged with a redesigned controller during the 2013 holiday season in the US and Japan. Our European gaming buds are expected to get in on all the PS4 action early 2014.
The update goes on the reveal that the PS4 is expected to come with Sony’s newly designed controller echoing the same base framework of the current dualshock controller however, now with the addition of a touchpad replacing the Select, Start and PS buttons. The tech is said to be based on Vita’s rear touchpad which is quite responsive.
Unlike the complex hardware infrastructure which plagued developers during the initial PS3 life cycle, Sony has opted to make the PS4 hardware more developer friendly as the specification are much more PC-like over it predecessor. Confirmation of the rumored PS4 tech has been confirmed according to this latest update revealing Sony plans to offer a GDDR5 solution capable of 176 gigabytes per second eliminating bottleneck issues which have hurt the PS3. In addition, while Sony’s PS4 devkits were limited to 4GB of RAM, they plan to release their retail PS4 model with 8GB of RAM.
With eight-core AMD CPUs clocked at 1.6GHz for the both the PS4 and Xbox 720, related updates reveals that Microsoft will be opting for a D3D11.x GPU, while Sony plans to equip the PS4 with a more capable option in the form of AMD’s R10XX architecture, with the ‘Liverpool’ system-on-chip.
While this update claims the PS4 will have a slight edge on the Xbox 720 in the performance department, it is important to note that proof is always in the software and based on Sony’s robust 1st party library, you should expect some serious firework coming from their new powerhouse system. Feb 20th could be special!