PS4: Sony Hypes Next Gen Gaming Console Launch with February 20 Event Invite

By: Anuj Bhatia

Sony Inc., the makers of higly popular gaming console PlayStation will likely announce the successor of PS3 - PlayStation 4 at an event to be held at New York City on February 20. The Japanese titan, known for PlayStation Vita has recently invited the media world to the February 20 event, which the company says is to highlight the future of the PlayStation platform. Also Sony has outed the below pictured event teaser which hints at what the gamers might witness at the upcoming event.

At the same time, rumors are rife that Microsoft, too, would be unveiling its next -gen offering at E3 gaming conference 2013. Whereas, Nintendo, another leading player in home-based consoles market has already launched - Wii U lately.

Coming back to the PlayStation 4, earlier dubbed as "Orbis", the PS4 will cater both hardcore and casual gamers. Its predecessor launched in 2006 - PlayStation 3 (PS3) is the No.2 home console, as per the latest data. The console maker released PS3 back in 2006 at Electronic Gaming (E3) conference, an annual gaming event.

Specwise, PS4 is sketchy at the moment, but it didn't stop gamers to discuss the rumored specs of the next generation console. Major gaming analysts, even in the past, predicted that the PS4 would likely come packed with an eight-core processor with 4GB of RAM embedded inside the console. Its GPU is far more technically sound than Microsoft XBOX 720(another next-gen console soon to be unveiled).

Most likely, AMD powered GPU, 500 GB HDD or 160GB HDD will be included in the PS4. The biggest change, to witness would be reportedly, is the integration of touch screen embedded on the controllers. Meanwhile, no one from Sony has confirmed the existence of PS4.

Last year, Sony acquired Gaikai, a cloud-based Japanese company. It would be safe to say that the $380 million acquisition has something related with PS4. Recently, George Andreas, known for giving XBOX a new lease of life in the form of Kinect left the company and moved to Sony London. He would most likely to head bring a big change in the EyeToy or PlayStation Move motion controller.
On the lines of Sony, Microsoft too wants to bring its hidden gem - XBOX 720 in the market this year. Both console makers are ready to fight, as the gaming market is ready to enter a new territory. With smartphones and tablets getting more popular on a daily basis - this fierce battle will likely to draw more consumers in the arena of gaming.

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