Everything You Need To Know About The PlayStation 4

Sony today brought the world’s best developers together to show off its latest console: the much-vaunted, long-awaited PlayStation 4. We live blogged the event and in here you’ll find all the other coverage you need to know to be an instant expert.

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Live Blog:

Scroll from bottom to top to follow the whole event as it happened, or click one of our pictures to see the full gallery.

Thanks for joining our live blog coverage! Are you excited for the PS4?

Nope. No look at what the PS4 actually looks like, but it is coming Holiday 2013, so that November timeframe looks about right.

Sony is now wrapping up…BUT WE HAVEN’T SEEN THE CONSOLE YET?! Hopefully we get a look at it after this wrap video.

Co-founder of Bungie is giving us some more in-engine peeks at Destiny right now. The PS4 will get exclusive content for Destiny when it launches.

Activision is partnering with Bungie to put games on the PS4. Looks like Destiny is coming to PS4!

CEO of Activision is up for the last partner to show off new games. Can we see the console yet?

Blizzard is bringing Diablo 3 to the PS4! Demos and answers coming at PAX East.

SVP Chris Metzen from Blizzard is up now to talk about some sweet games, presumably. “Many of you are wondering why an old-school PC studio is here crashing the Sony party…we have announced a new partnership [Blizzard and Sony] with which we will take over the world.”

Live demo of Watch Dogs? YES PLEASE. God, who do I throw money at to get this game now?

Here comes co-founder of Ubisoft Yves Guillemot. Time for some Watch Dogs amazement. I can’t wait for this game.

Square Enix just announced a new Final Fantasy set to debut at this year’s E3.

Oooh. Square Enix has a surprise for us. Sounds like new Final Fantasy!

Square Enix’s new game has actually been shown before, at last year’s E3. Now we know it’s next-gen!

About to see some sweet new gear from Final Fantasy studio, Square Enix.

Deep Down is the working title for Capcom’s new IP running on the Panta Rhei engine. Some of these look pre-rendered to us. I think half of it is gameplay though. Screenshots up shortly.


A new engine has been developed to make Capcom’s new PS4 games look awesome. It’s code-named Panta Rhei.

Yoshinori Ono from Capcom is up now. Street Fighter time! Ono says he wanted to tweet about it so bad!

Media Molecule just made the Move relevant with an awesome sculpture dance demo.

Media Molecule has had troubles getting beyond the polygon when it made games. What it’s using to create sculpted games now is the PlayStation Move controller. He says it’s like cloud-watching where you can reach up and sculpt the clouds.

Media Molecule is up, talking about recording their dreams. WHAT.


Sorry guys, having issues with the problematic live feed again. We’re back online now, looking at some of the best shading and graphics ever seen in a game.

We’re now watching a trailer for The Witness, a PS4 exclusive. Pretty music!

We’re now talking indie games! Creator of Braid, Jonathon Blow is up first! He has been working on a puzzle game called The Witness. Apparently it’s going to be a mind-bender.

Check out more PS4 titles over at the Kotaku live blog.

Evolution Studios is up to talk about Driveclub.

Here’s a first look at that awesome Killzone title.

The first game we’re seeing? It’s called Killzone: Shadowfall and my God, is it beautiful.

We’re now getting a look at launch titles. First up, Guerilla Games with a future-war game. Pics coming soon.


I’m hearing the word “synergy” a few too many times…

So the PS4 isn’t compatible with native PS3 games after all. Sorry, old discs…Cloud all the things!

Now we’re about to hear about cloud game streaming from a few developers.

CEO of Gakai confirms that the PS4 will stream PlayStation 3 games, but is it back compatible?


I’m starting to get the feeling that Sony has released the PlayStation 4 to sell more PlayStation Vitas. Do you have one? Excited about it finally being relevant?

Of course PlayStation has a second screen experience. Unlike Xbox Smartglass, however, PlayStation is tapping into its own handheld — the PS Vita — to let you stream games from your console to continue playing. GAME OVER, WII U.

If you’re stuck, you can hit the Share button and give a friend access to your controller to stream your game to them, letting them take over and finish a particular section for you. New hacking and farming opportunities right there, folks. Excited so far?

The Share button on the new PlayStation 4 controller will let you live stream your games to all of your friends to improve the spectator experience. Friends will also be able to “look over your shoulder virtually”. Creepy.

There’s a lot of talk here about what PlayStation and PlayStation Network will do for social. Gaikai CEO says that Facebook doesn’t know a damn thing about your preferences. He says they want to create the world’s first gaming social network.

The PlayStation 4 will let you know when your friend buys a game so you can buy it too and join in with them. The store is also ging to let you stream game demos from the sounds of things.

CEO of Gaikai is up. Expect some more social news for a few minutes.

And onto the next section! The awful UStream feed is reportedly blocking out new streamers, so if you close your connection to the live stream, you might have a few problems getting back in. We’ll bring you the news as best we can with this stream.

Sony will feature a new recommendation engine for the next game you play. “If we can predict the next game you’ll play, we can have that game pre-loaded and ready to go.

The social aspects will let you upload gameplay sessions and will let you reach out to a friend when they get into trouble in a game to “take over the controller and help them out”. Heads up, noob friends. PlayStation got your back.

Social things are in there too. Does anyone really do social on their console?

Sony is promising a resume experience on the PlayStation 4that means that when you put the power off, you can still resume your titles within seconds. You’ll also be able to play games as they’re downloaded.


And here’s the new controller! It has rumble! Also has a share button, a light bar to see who each player is and a touch pad. You’ve also got a camera on there so you can see what’s up.


The new PlayStation has a better GPU, CPU and 8GB of RAM.


It’s official! We’re going to meet the PlayStation 4 over the next few hours.

All we’re getting right now is the world’s record attempt for buzzword bingo. Meanwhile, the stream is having a few issues.

Sounds like PlayStation Vita is about to be expanded to the living room.

Andrew House, president of Sony Computer Entertainment is now on-stage, promising a “bold step forward”.

And we’re underway! We start with a retrospective of all of PlayStation’s most popular games and ads. Sony says that imagination is the key to fighting reality. The last 20 years of PlayStation sure have been fun.

We’re three minutes away and the number of people on the feed right now is close to two million. This is nuts!

15 minutes! Get pumped! So what do you want to see from the new PlayStation? If it is even a new PlayStation, of course.

We’re just under 30 minutes away from this huge PlayStation announcement, and I’m getting excited. People are taking their seats right now at the Manhatten Centre in New York City and the room looks to be quite something already. Remember, you can also live stream the event over here, and you can tune in to the news and thoughts of Kotaku‘s Mark Serrels over here.

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