REG-Sony Corporation Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Introduces PlayStation®4 (PS4™)<6758.T>

Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:12am EST

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NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--


PS4`s Powerful System Architecture, Social Integration and Intelligent
Personalization, Combined with PlayStation Network with Cloud Technology,
Delivers Breakthrough Gaming Experiences and Completely New Ways to Play

New York City, New York, February 21, 2013 -Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
(SCEI) today introduced PlayStation4 (PS4), its next generation computer
entertainment system that redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful
graphics and speed, intelligent personalization, deeply integrated social
capabilities, and innovative second-screen features. Combined with
PlayStationNetwork with cloud technology, PS4 offers an expansive gaming
ecosystem that is centered on gamers, enabling them to play when, where and how
they want. PS4 will be available this holiday season. 

Gamer Focused, Developer Inspired

PS4 was designed from the ground up to ensure that the very best games and the
most immersive experiences reach PlayStation gamers. PS4 accomplishes this by
enabling the greatest game developers in the world to unlock their creativity
and push the boundaries of play through a system that is tuned specifically to
their needs. 

PS4 also fluidly connects players to the larger world of experiences offered by
PlayStation, across the console and mobile spaces, and PlayStation Network

The PS4 system architecture is distinguished by its high performance and ease of
development. PS4 is centered around a powerful custom chip that contains eight
x86-64 cores and a state of the art graphics processor. 

The Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) has been enhanced in a number of ways,
principally to allow for easier use of the GPU for general purpose computing
(GPGPU) such as physics simulation. The GPU contains a unified array of 18
compute units, which collectively generate 1.84 Teraflops of processing power
that can freely be applied to graphics, simulation tasks, or some mixture of the

PS4 is equipped with 8 GB of unified system memory, easing game creation and
increasing the richness of content achievable on the platform. GDDR5 is used for
this memory, giving the system 176 GB/second of bandwidth and providing a
further boost to graphics performance. 

The end result for gamers is new games with rich, high-fidelity graphics and
deeply immersive experiences that shatter expectations. 

Shared Game Experiences

Social interaction is central to PS4 experiences, so new features were built
into the actual foundation of the system`s hardware architecture. PS4 provides
dedicated, "always on" video compression and decompression systems that enables
seamless uploading of gameplay. For the first time ever, gamers can share their
epic triumphs with the press of a button. Gamers simply hit the "SHARE button"
on the controller, scan through the last few minutes of gameplay, tag it and
return to the game-the video uploads as the gamer plays. Gamers can share their
images and videos to their friends on social networking services such as

PS4 also enhances social spectating by enabling gamers to broadcast their
gameplay in real-time to friends using live internet streaming services such as
Ustream. During live broadcasts, friends can make comments on the streamed
gameplay and, if a gamer gets stuck on a challenging level, friends can also
join the game in completely new ways. For example, friends can offer health
potions or special weapons when a player needs them most during actual gameplay.

Furthermore, users can connect their Facebook account with Sony Entertainment
Network account. Through PS4, users are able to deepen their connections through
co-op play or "cross-game chat". 

PS4 Second Screens

PS4 integrates second screens, including PlayStationVita (PS Vita), smartphones
and tablets, to wrap gamers in their favorite content wherever they are. A key
feature enabled by second screens is "Remote Play" and PS4 fully unlocks its
potential by making PS Vita the ultimate companion device. With PS Vita, gamers
will be able to seamlessly pull PS4 titles from their living room TVs and play
them on PS Vita`s beautiful 5-inch display and intuitive dual analog sticks over
Wi-Fi networks*1. It is SCEI`s long-term vision is to make most PS4 titles
playable on PS Vita*2. 

A new application from SCE called "PlayStationApp" will enable iPhone, iPad, and
AndroidTM based smartphones and tablets*3 to become second screens. Once
installed on these devices, users can, for example, see maps on their second
screens when playing an adventure game, purchase PS4 games while away from home
and download it directly to the console at home, or remotely watch other gamers
playing on their devices. 

Immediate Gameplay

PS4 radically reduces the lag time between players and their content. PS4
features "suspend mode" which keeps the system in a low power state while
preserving the game session. The time it takes today to boot a console and load
a saved game will be a thing of the past. With PS4, gamers just hit the power
button again and are promptly back playing the game at the exact point where
they left off. Additionally, users can boot a variety of applications including
a web browser when playing a game on PS4. 

PS4 also enables games to be downloaded or updated in the background, or even in
stand-by mode. The system takes it one step further by making digital titles
playable as they are being downloaded. When a player purchases a game, PS4
downloads just a fraction of the data so gamers can start playing immediately,
and the rest is downloaded in the background during actual gameplay. 

Personalized, Curated Content

On the newly designed PS4 menu screen, players can look over game-related
information shared by friends, view friends` gameplay with ease, or obtain
information of recommended content, including games, TV shows and movies. The
long-term goal of PS4 is to reduce download times of digital titles to zero: if
the system knows enough about a player to predict the next game they will
purchase, then that game can be loaded and ready to go before they even click
the "buy" button. PS4 will further enrich users` entertainment experiences, by
meeting their potential needs. 

Gaming in the Cloud

Launched in November 2006, PlayStation Network, a network service for
PlayStation users, now operates in 67 countries and regions*4 around the world
with the total number of downloaded content of more than 2.8 billion*5. In
addition to a variety of games available in PlayStationStore, PS4 users will be
able to enjoy a variety of services offered by PSN, such as Sony Corporation`s
Music Unlimited, a cloud-based music subscription service and Video Unlimited, a
premium video service, as well as various content distribution services. 

By combining PlayStation Network with Gaikai Inc`s cloud technology, it is SCE`s
goal to make free exploration possible for various games. In the future, when a
gamer sees a title of interest in PlayStation Store, they can immediately start
playing a portion of the actual game - not a stripped down version of the game.
With Gaikai and PlayStation Store, gamers will be able to experience appealing
games and only pay for the games they actually love. PlayStation Network and the
cloud will offer additional value to PlayStation gamers. SCE is exploring unique
opportunities enabled by cloud technology with the long-term vision of making
PlayStation libraries including an incredible catalog of more than 3000 PS3
titles*6 that is unmatched in the industry, mostly ubiquitous on PS4. 

SCE will announce new details of PS4 and its robust lineup of games from 3rd
party developers and publishers, the independent gaming community and SCE
Worldwide Studios, as well as further enhancements to the entire PlayStation
ecosystem between now and the holiday 2013 launch. 


 *1 Depending on network environment or titles, users may not be able to play games outside comfortably.  
 *2 Exept games that require peripherals such as PlayStation4 Eye ).                                      
 *3 Depending on the version of OS or other conditions, users cannot use the application.                 
 *4 Number as of December 31st , 2012                                                                     
 *5 Number as of February 19st , 2013                                                                     
 *6 Number as of December 31st , 2012, including free trials.                                             

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<PlayStation4 >

 Main Processor     Single-chip custom processor                                            
                    CPU : x86-64 AMD "Jaguar", 8 cores                                      
GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine    
 Memory             GDDR5 8GB                                                               
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 Optical Drive      BD 6xCAV                                                                
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 I/O                Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0) 、AUX                                          
 Communication      Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)                             
                    IEEE 802.11 b/g/n                                                       
Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)                                                    
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                    Analog-AV out                                                           
Digital Output (optical)                                               

*Specifications are subject to change without notice. 

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of
consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI)
manufactures, distributes, develop and markets the PlayStation2 (PS2) computer
entertainment system, the PSP (PlayStationPortable) handheld entertainment
system, the PlayStation3 (PS3) computer entertainment system and the
PlayStationVita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system. SCEI has revolutionized
home entertainment since they launched PlayStation in 1994. PS2 further enhances
the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP is a
handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games with
high-quality full-motion video and high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3 is an
advanced computer system, incorporating the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and
RSX processors. PS Vita is an ultimate portable entertainment system that offers
a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real
world context. SCEI also delivers the PlayStation experience to open operating
systems through PlayStationMobile, a cross device platform. Headquartered in
Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony Computer
Entertainment America LLC., and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and its
division companies, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Sony Computer
Entertainment Asia develops, publishes, markets and distributes hardware and
software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in
the respective markets worldwide. 

PlayStation and PS3 are registered trademarks and PS4 is a trademark of Sony
Computer Entertainment, Inc. Facebook is a trademark or registered trademark of
Facebook, Inc. Ustream is a trademark or registered trademark of Ustream, Inc.
iPhone and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc. Android is a trademark or
registered trademark of Google.Inc. All other trademarks are property of their
respective owners. 

List of Third Party Game Developers and Publishers

As of February 20th, 2013
(in alphabetical order of developer/publisher) 

 ACQUIRE Corp.                           
 ARC SYSTEM WORKS CO.,LTD.               
 ARTDINK CORPORATION                     
 ASCII MEDIA WORKS Inc.                  
 Bethesda Softworks, LLC                 
 Chara-Ani Corporation                   
 CRAFTS & MEISTER CO.,LTD.               
 CyberConnect2 Co.,Ltd.                  
 D3 PUBLISHER Inc.                       
 Dimps Corporation                       
 Electronic Arts Inc.                    
 FromSoftware, Inc.                      
 GANBARION Co., Ltd.                     
 Genki Co., Ltd.                         
 Granzella Inc.                          
 GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.       
 GUST CO.,LTD.                           
 IDEA FACTORY Co., Ltd.                  
 IMAGEEPOCH INC.                         
 Index Corp.(ATLUS)                      
 KADOKAWA GAMES,LTD.                     
 KADOKAWA SHOTEN CO., LTD.               
 Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.  
 LEVEL-5 Inc.                            
 MAGES. Inc.                             
 MarvelousAQL Inc.                       
 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.                 
 NAMCO BANDAI Studios Inc.               
 Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.              
 O-TWO inc. (peakvox)                    
 PlatinumGames Inc.                      
 SEGA Corporation                        
 SPIKE CHUNSOFT Co.,Ltd.                 
 SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd.                   
 SystemSoft Alpha Corp.                  
 TECMO KOEI GAMES Co.,Ltd.               
 TOSE CO., LTD.                          
 tri-Ace Inc.                            
 Ubisoft Entertainment                   
 WILL CO., LTD                           
 XING Inc.                               
 YUKE'S Co.,Ltd.                         

45 companies in total

 BLUESIDE Inc.            
 Ratloop Asia Pte Ltd     
 Red Hare Studios         
 XPEC Entertainment Inc.  

4 companies in total

 5th Cell Media LLC                            
 Activision Publishing, Inc.                   
 Armature Studios                              
 Behaviour Interactive                         
 Bethesda Softworks, LLC                       
 Blind Squirrel Games                          
 Certain Affinity, Inc.                        
 Darkside Game Studios, Inc.                   
 Devolver Digital                              
 Double Fine Productions, Inc.                 
 Double Helix Games                            
 DrinkBox Studios Inc.                         
 Edge of Reality, Inc.                         
 Electronic Arts Inc.                          
 FarSight Studios                              
 Gaijin Games, Inc.                            
 Gearbox Software                              
 HB Studios Multimedia                         
 Heavy Iron Studios, Inc.                      
 High Voltage Software, Inc.                   
 inXile Entertainment Inc.                     
 Iron Galaxy Studios, LLC                      
 JETPACK Interactive Entertainment Ltd.        
 Klei Entertainment Inc.                       
 Lab Zero, Inc                                 
 LucasArts, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company           
 Metanet Software Inc                          
 Minority Media Iinc.                          
 Nicalis, Inc                                  
 Panic Button, LLC                             
 Psyonix Studios, Inc.                         
 Slant Six Games                               
 Sony Online Entertainment LLC                 
 Spark Unlimited                               
 Spry Fox LLC                                  
 SuperVillain Studios                          
 Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.           
 Telltale, Inc.                                
 Tribute Games Inc.                            
 Turtle Rock Studios, Inc.                     
 Ubisoft Entertainment                         
 vBlank Entertainment Inc.                     
 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Inc.  
 WayForward Technologies, Inc.                 
 Zombie Studios, LLC                           

47 companies in total

 4A Games                    
 505 Games                   
 Big Ant                     
 Big Bit                     
 Bloober Team S.A.           
 Boss Alien                  
 City Interactive            
 Criterion Games             
 Curve Studios               
 Dakko Dakko Ltd             
 Deck 13                     
 Double Eleven               
 Eko Software                
 Flying Wildhog              
 Four Door Lemon             
 Green Hill Studios          
 Kalyspo Media               
 Laughing Jackal             
 Onmi Systems                
 Prodigy Design              
 Straight Right              
 Torus Games                 
 Vector Cell                 
 Virtual Toys                

53 companies in total

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