NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sony unveiled its next-generation gaming system, the PlayStation 4, and promised social and remote capabilities. Wednesday’s announcement gives the struggling Japanese electronics company a head start over Microsoft and an Xbox 360 successor.
The PlayStation 4 will be Sony Corp.’s first major game console since the PlayStation 3 went on sale in 2006. Microsoft Corp. is expected to unveil the next Xbox in June at the E3 video game expo in Los Angeles. Last fall, Nintendo started selling the Wii U, though it plays catch-up in some respects in bringing the ability to play high-definition games.
Like Nintendo and Microsoft, Sony is trying to position its device as an entertainment hub that can deliver movies, music and social networking as it tries to stay relevant in the age of smartphones and tablets.
The PlayStation online network will have access to Sony’s video and music services, as well as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon — as long as you have subscriptions to those services. You’ll also be able to access Facebook.
Cerny says the new PlayStation will have hardware compression so sharing video of game play will be easier. You can browse live game video of games your friends are playing.
Adopting Facebook’s philosophy, Sony will transition to an online game network based on real names, even as people will also be able to keep their aliases.