PlayStation 4 users will be able to navigate through content streaming applications and control Blu-rays with a media remote control, sans joysticks, starting in October. The PDP PS4 remote control, which is officially licensed by Sony, is available for preorder for $30.
Sony has released the 1.70 system software update for the PlayStation 4, adding the SHAREfactory video editing and sharing suite to the console. With SHAREfactory, PS4 gamers can add commentaries and special effects to their saved gameplay clips, among other features. Other new features included in the PS4 update are the capability to download preordered games ahead of their release dates and live gameplay broadcasts in 720p.
There were 1 million PlayStation 4 game consoles sold on Friday's launch date in North America, according to Sony. Eager buyers lined up at GameStop stores and other outlets in U.S. and Canada to get the new console, which initially seems to be in short supply. IHS is predicting 2.4 million consoles will be sold by the end of the year, while Sony has set a target of 5 million by the end of March.
In a Reuters/Ipsos online poll of nearly 1,300 U.S. shoppers, 26% said they would be more likely to purchase Sony's PlayStation 4 console, while 15% would opt for Microsoft's Xbox One. Among shoppers less than 40 years old, 41% would want the PS4 and 27% the Xbox One, the survey found.
The Cell microprocessor at the heart of the PlayStation 3 was a powerful processor, but it initially proved to be too complex for game developers to master, Dean Takahashi writes. When Mark Cerny was named architect of the PlayStation 4 project, he found that both Advanced Micro Devices and Intel had developed microprocessors for PCs that combined central processing units and graphics processing units in a single chip, making such devices suitable for a game console, he notes. These new processors make it easy to get started with game development but have advanced capabilities that will become apparent as developer mastery improves.