Coming next holiday season: Sony's PlayStation 4
Sony showed off the new PlayStation 4 and its capabilities, but without showing off the actual box. "I don't know that the box is going to be something that's going to have a dramatic impact on people's feelings about the game. It will be a color and a size fairly comparable to previous consoles," said Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, the U.S.-based arm of the PlayStation business.
New features include:
- Faster processor
- better graphics
- connection to the cloud and mobile devices
- social networking
Also introduced were the new DualShock 4 with a touchpad and a "share" button, and the PlayStation Eye camera.
The new console is expected to go on sale by the 2013 holiday season.
Ironically, Sony's announcement appears to have helped its competitor, Nintendo. As Sony's stocks nudged downward Wednesday, Nintendo went up by a tick. Go figure.