While Sony's PlayStation4 reveal may have been focused largely on the games and the network, any fears anyone may have had about a fully digital download future should be assuaged by the spec sheets the company released following their New York City press conference earlier today.

Among the new console's key features:

  • a 6x Blu-Ray drive
  • as noted earlier, 8GB of GDDR5 memory, along with a custom processor that combines a CPU (x86, 64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores) and a GPU (1.84 TFLOPS, and an AMD Radeon-based graphics engine)
  • USB 3.0
  • HDMI and Analog out
  • Bluetooth 2.1

Sony also gave more information regarding their new Dualshock 4 controller and PS4 Eye. While much of it remains the same, the Start and Select buttons are, apparently, gone, replaced by "Share" and "Options". No word on what the latter does, but the former will allow players to record and broadcast gameplay via both Sony's network and outside networks like Facebook and Ustream.

Further, the Dualshock 4 will have both a headphone jack, to allow for chat, and a 2 point capacitive touch pad taking up the middle of it, for...something.

There were also quite a few games announced -- though looking at the list of third party developers and publishers (see the list of 150 or so beginning on page 6), it's clear that what was shown is most likely only a tiny fraction of what's in the works.

The PlayStation 4 will be out sometime near the end of 2013, for a still-to-be-unveiled price.