Sony announces its brand new home console at a special unveiling in New York.

PlayStation 4 offers next-generation gaming for licensors

The PlayStation 4 was officially revealed last night – the next iteration of Sony’s home video games console.

The system offers licensors and licensees the chance to bring their property into a new generation of gaming, with improved graphics and processing power.

For the tech geeks, PS4 boasts a "supercharged PC architecture" with a X86-based CPU, enhanced PC GPU, 8GB of unified memory and HDD storage, reports MCV.

Sony says the PS4 will hit shelves in "holiday 2013", but it wasn’t clear which territories this will include. Pricing was not yet revealed.

PS4 comes with a new controller, the DualShock 4, which has a track pad, a share button and headphone jack. It also features a built-in sensor which means the pad doubles as a motion device, tracked by a new stereo camera called a ‘Light Bar’.

PS4 has always-on video recording, so users can upload clips of their gameplay online. 

Streaming service Gaikai lets players stream their PS4 games to the portable PS Vita console.

It’s not backwards compatible with PS3 and PS2, but in time Gaikai will let users play every former PlayStation game via its cloud services.

Announced games include Killzone: Shadowfall, Drive Club, Infamous 3, Deep Down, Watch Dogs, Destiny and Diablo III.

Over 70 licensed developers/publishers have been confirmed, from Activision to Bethesda.

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