At its "See the Future" event today Sony has officially announced it's next generation console, the PlayStation 4. The console is has a supercharged PC architecture, an X86 CPU, an enhanced PC GPU, and 8GB of GDDR5 high-speed memory. It contains 8 CPU cores, providing 2 teraflops of computational performance.
The controller is the DualShock 4, and features a touchpad, a light bar on the back that identifies players, and each PS4 will contain a 3D camera to track controllers and light bars.
PlayStation 4 will allow users to suspend and resume games by pressing the power button, with no wait and instant boot. The console also contains a secondary chip that is designed to make uploads and downloads faster, even when the power is off and games will be playable even when downloading. The PS4's always-on video compression will allow users to upload video as they play, sharing footage easily.
Social also focuses on chat, with the console allowing users to watch games being played by others which will extent to smartphones and tablets, on the console you'll be able to help friends out by joining the game you are watching.
Developers will be able to implement second screen functionality that will allow gamers to play PS4 titles on their PS Vita handhelds.
In a weird twist Sony didn't show what the console would look like at all, so we will likely have to wait until E3 for that.