PlayStation 4 (PS4) is a video game console from Sony Computer Entertainment. Announced as the successor to PlayStation 3 during a press conference on February 20, 2013, it was launched on November 15, 2013, in North America, and will be launched on November 29, 2013, in Europe and Australia. It will compete with Nintendo's Wii U and Microsoft's Xbox One, as part of the eighth generation of video game consoles.
Moving away from the complicated Cell architecture of PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 will feature a simpler AMD processor, in hopes of attracting a broader range of developers and support for the system. Sony intends more focus on social gameplay, incorporating a "share" button on the new controller and enabling a view of in-game play streamed live from friends. The console enables interactivity with other services and devices through the following methods: Gaikai, a cloud-based gaming service that will offer streaming video game content; PlayStation App, designed to enhance gameplay by utilizing smartphones and tablets as a second screen; and PlayStation Vita's design for playing a majority of PlayStation 4 games through wireless Remote Play.
Today in History
|1777||The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States.|
|1926||The National Broadcasting Co. debuted with a radio network of 24 stations.|
|1939||The cornerstone for the Jefferson Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C.|
|1940||The first 75,000 men were called to armed forces duty under peacetime conscription.|
|1959||A farmer, his wife and two of their children were found murdered in their home in Holcomb, Kansas – a crime that was the subject of Truman Capote's non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood."|
|1984||An infant who had received a baboon's heart to replace her own congenitally deformed one died at a California medical center three weeks after the transplant.|
|1985||Britain and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in governing Northern Ireland.|
|1988||The Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.|
|1993||A judge in Mineola, N.Y., sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher, who shot and wounded Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo.|
|2002||Hu Jintao replaced Jiang Zemin as China's Communist Party leader.|
|2007||Baseball home run king Barry Bonds was indicted on charges related to grand jury testimony during which he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. (Bonds was later convicted of obstruction of justice; his lawyers are appealing.)|
Hundreds of police officers in riot gear raided the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City, evicting hundreds of protesters and then demolishing the tent city.