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    PS4 - Sony gears up for Gaming Supremacy Globally with PlayStation 4


    The Japanese presence at the PlayStation 4 event was pretty minimal, with studios from all over the world turning up to show off their new projects - with a strong US focus. The PlayStation 3 may have just edged past the Xbox 360 in terms of global shipped consoles, but it's still firmly in third place in the USA and the UK despite big success in Japan and the rest of Europe.


    Sony will want to change that, and it is displaying a more global attitude than ever before, right down to the design of the console itself. It's a mission statement: the company is making a serious play for global dominanceThe PS4 is now an official thing. It officially exists, and from what we've been told so far it looks pretty awesome.


    So what part does Japan play in this new PlayStation landscape? The original PlayStation and the PlayStation 2 were consoles defined by Japan and Japanese talent: Gran Turismo, PaRappa the Rapper, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, Katamari Damacy, Silent Hill and Resident Evil. We saw some Japanese presence at the reveal, but the influence was certainly less prominent.


    At the event on the 20th Feb, Sony revealed some tantalising details about the PlayStation 4 hardware specs, along with some amazing software features that the new console will have.

    Sony didn't show off the PS4 because it doesn't want you to get bored

    Sadly, and almost unbelievably, we STILL don't know what the PS4 looks like. However, we do know it's coming out in the US in time for Christmas 2013, we know about the DualShock 4 controller and we've seen the new interface and a lot of the features it deliveWe may still be in the dark about what the PS4 console looks like, but at least now we know what it'll look like onscreen as a series of UI screenshots land online.


    Confirmed by Sony as real, the screens show off a number of things including an achievements screen, news feed and a couple of shots of a phone and tablet streaming live.With the PS4 DualShock 4 controller set to play host to a new front-mounted touchpanel interface, similar to the one found on the PS Vita,


    Sony has revealed that the PS4 will boast 8GB of RAM and an AMD manufactured PC style chipset for improved online capabilities and for cheaper, high-specced processing power.


    Of particular interest is the Share screen, which shows the options you'll get when you hit Share on the DualShock 4 controller.


    Apart from that SCOTLAND'S video game ­developers are in a "great ­position" as the industry prepares for the launch later this year of Sony's latest console, according to trade body Tiga.

    PS4 DualShock 4 controller


    The PS4 controller comes in the form of the DualShock 4 pad. Very much a classic design, the DualShock 4 nevertheless offers upgraded vibrations, enhanced motion sensors and a Vita-like touchpad on the front.


    Hello 100GB downloads,4K movies for PS4 confirmed by Sony.


    The upcoming PlayStation 4 could serve as one of your first gateways to 4K video content - just as the PlayStation 3 helped bring Blu-rays to the living room, and the PlayStation 2 did the same with DVDs.4K offers four times the resolution of 1080p HD video, which is currently the highest resolution supported by TVs and Blu-rays today.


    Sony has already confirmed that the PS4 supports 4K resolution videos and photos, so the announcement doesn't come as a huge surprise.According to Molyneux, 4K movies will be around 100 gigabytes in size, depending on their length. In comparison, 1080p HD videos streamed via Netflix and iTunes are typically around 4 GB to 8 GB.


    Speaking on the upcoming PS4 4K content inclusion, Sony Electronics President and Chief Operating Officer Phil Molyneux revealed that the 4K content (four times the resolution of 1080p Full HD) will provide strong consumer experiences if a viable means of access is available.


    Would the promise of future 4K downloads tempt you into splashing out on a PS4 and compatible 4K TV or are you happy enough with good ol' Full HD content? however, as technology improves, the folks at Sony are hedging their bets to create a fully comprehensive 4K entertainment system, with the company's 4K TVs at the center and the PS4 as an entry point to mainstream adoption.

    'Significantly considerable role of PlayStation Plus' on PS4


    Sony will be expanding PlayStation Plus heading into the next generation.Sony Computer Entertainment Europe President and CEO Jim Ryan also commented on the future of PlayStation Plus and how it will fit into the PS4 experience.


    The downloading service will be big with PS4, and could offer PS3 games for the console, too but PS3 is a very important part of our portfolio, certainly in 2013, 2014 and probably beyond that."


    "The transition [from PS3 to PS4] might be a bit more accelerated this time round," said Ryan,

    Ryan also mentioned Sony's slate of first-party exclusives scheduled for release in 2013 - God of War: Ascension on March 12, The Last of Us on June 14 and Beyond: Two Souls on Oct. 8 - before teasing other "highly significant" titles that are still unannounced.


    The PS4 is due to be released towards the end of the year, though Sony still hasn't worked out how it'll look. Time is ticking, chaps. Arch rival Microsoft is said to be ready to unveil its Xbox 720 in April, ahead of E3 in June.


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