Sony unveils PlayStation 4, out holidays 2013

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Sony unveiled its next-generation console - PlayStation 4, at the PlayStation Meeting in New York today, and has announced that it will arrive in ‘holiday 2013'.

While Sony showed the new Dualshock 4 controller, which resembled the leaked prototype, the company strangely didn't show what the console would look like or announce how much it would cost.

Much of the PS4 presentation revolved around explaining how the console was easier to develop for and how it will allow players to experience PlayStation content more easily and across various devices.

Sony did show a few glimpses of the new user interface, which ditches the XMB and now resembles the recently redesigned PlayStation Store.

Gaikai's David Perry also took the stage to talk about how PlayStation Cloud would be integrated into the PS4. Players will now be able to try games on PSN before they buy and start playing digitally purchased games while they're still downloading.

The PS4 will not support PS3 game discs, but thanks to Gaikai, Sony does plan to offer PS3 game support via cloud streaming.

The new console is also big on spectating. Using the new share button on the controller, players can share their videos and gameplay sessions with friends or broadcast them online. Friends will be able to leave comments and may also be able to control the game remotely to help you out of tricky spots.

Sony also announced plans to make all PS4 games playable on the PS Vita, using the handheld as a remote device.

In an attempt to further encourage indie developers to develop for PlayStation platforms, Sony announced that it would allow self-publishing on the PlayStation Store.

The presentation ended with a ‘Coming Holiday 2013' announcement, but it's unclear if this release window will apply to all territories.

Several first and third-party developers took to the stage to announce their games and projects for the PS4. A brief overview:

  • Guerrilla Games: Unveiled Killzone: Shadow Fall for PS4 via a stunning live gameplay demo
  • Evolution Studios: The Motorstorm developer announced a new racing IP for PS4 called Driveclub, which encourages forming clubs and racing in groups.
  • Sucker Punch: Showed off a trailer for Infamous: Second Son for PS4.
  • Jonathan Blow: The Braid developer unveiled The Witness, an open-world puzzle game for PS4.
  • Capcom: Showed off its new engine codenamed Panta Rhei and showcased a new action game IP for PS4 provisional named Deep Down.
  • Square Enix: Also showcased a new engine – Luminous Studio, and announced that a new Final Fantasy game for PS4would be unveiled at E3.
  • Ubisoft: Presented a stunning live gameplay demo of Watch Dogs, and announced that aside from PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC, it will also arrive on PS4.
  • Blizzard: Announced a partnership with Sony to bring Diablo 3 to PS3 and PS4.
  • Activision: Announced that Bungie's Destiny is headed to PS3 and PS4 with exclusive content.

Check out this montage that quickly recaps the event

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