At long last, Sony unveiled its next generation gaming console, the PlayStation 4, today at a special event held in New York City. The tech giant revealed the inner workings of its forthcoming super-charged gaming machine, showing off a wide range of social features, from instantly broadcasting videos of gaming action to virtually handing out health boosts to your gamer friends online. The new console comes equipped with an unbelievable eight-core processor, x86 CPU, an enhanced PC GPU, and local storage hard drive disk. One of the most interesting—and welcome—aspects of the new system are the new power modes that have been integrated. The power supply on the PS4 will virtually bring an end the long boot up times with a new sleep feature, which places the device in a state of hibernation and, much like PC, with a simple touch the machine will awaken to the users last place.
Strangely enough, Sony did not show the actual build of the PS4, but they did whet our appetite by showing off the sleek new controller and a handful of games that will roll out with its release. The PS4′s controller does not drastically change from the PS3, however, a touch-pad was been added, as well as a “share” button, which allows you to instantly upload content to the web. The controller also features a light bar, which means a new PlayStation camera can more easily track the device for motion control. While it sounds like the PS4 won’t be backwards compatible with older PlayStation games, Gaikai CEO Dave Perry talked up a new PlayStation Store feature that’ll allow gamers to play pretty much any older PlayStation game using the company’s streaming technology. You’ll also be able to use the PS Vita handheld to “remote play” your PS4 games. The new console is expected to be released sometime in the 2013 holiday season with a wide array of games becoming available upon release. Take a look at some pictures from the event and let us know if you’ll be splurging on the system this holiday season.