Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Feb 2013 18:18 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
Games Late last night, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 - sort of. It's got a custom 8-core AMD x86-64 processor, 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, and a custom Radeon-based graphics chip. It's also got additional chips to offload specific tasks like video (de)compression (livestreaming is built-in!), and there's a large focus on streaming games, but most of it is "an ultimate goal" instead of a definitive feature. It won't play PS3 discs (but will eventually stream many PS3 games), and, while there's some weaselwording involved, second hand games are safe. The biggest surprise? The console itself wasn't shown because it's not done yet. No joke. No price, no release date (other than somewhere before the holidays).
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While everyone is masturbating over
by TM99 on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 06:25 UTC
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the hardware specs, pay attention to the other things the PS4 is trying to introduce and the long-term ramifications.

Sony wants a lot of network-centric gaming including cloud servers, integrated social networking, and hardware with these features built in.

For now, Sony is saying yes, used games are safe. Sony does not need a specific 'block' to shut down the use of second hand gaming though, becuase it can simply slowly phase out the physical media. If everything is digital, stored in the cloud with just enough local storage for your personal account, is DRM locked to your console, and requires an activation code to play, then there is no need for a Blu-ray disc. Without the blu-ray, there is nothing physical to buy at Gamestop or to give to your buddy down the street. Bam, there goes the used game market.

Will there be hacks? Yes, likely, but with systems being always on, it will be more difficult. How many parents outside of hardcore gamers are going to build a server just to run a few games for their kids on the new PS4 five to 10 years from now? And even if this is possible, how many in this current generation over-share will be willing to give up online multiplayer gaming? Use a hack on the Xbox 360, and you can be permanently banned from Xbox Live.

There is precedent for this as well -- Microsoft's latest Office 2013 product. The Premium edition is now tethered to a Office 365's cloud service and requires a $100.00 a year subscription. Sure the Home & Student is a one-off deal, but, and here's the kicker, it is now permanently tied to the machine it is first installed on. Yup, you can't move it to another machine.

Computing and gaming as we now know it will not be the same in 10 years.

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