In addition to Square Enix's Agni's Philosophy demo shown at this year's E3, LucasArts showed off an impressive selection of clips from Star Wars 1313, an action-shooter that, although shrouded in mystery, shows real-time gameplay using photo-realistic graphics. LucasArts' offering differed from that of Square Enix in that Star Wars 1313 is a real game in development, and the demo video shows supposedly real gameplay. According to this post at Giant Bomb, LucasArts has not yet revealed the platforms 1313 will run on, though the tech used was clearly running on the best PC hardware you can get right now, which should be significantly better than the hardware running on the six-plus year-old PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles...
The PlayStation 4 console was revealed at a press conference on February 20, 2013. Sony have announced the console is aimed at focussing on gamers and developers.
For gamers Sony believes their push for social gaming, social media and reducing barriers between the gamer and their games will dramatically enhance the gaming experience. They have announced a 'share' button on the PS4 controller to enable on the fly video and image sharing. Gamers will also be able to have input on their gameplay live by friends, and if so desired they will be able to have a friend take control of their game to get past a certain obstacle.
For developers Sony has made the architecture of the console very similar to a PC, with an 8 core x86 processor, a nearly 2 TeraFLOP/s GPU and 8GB of GDDR5 RAM (normally reserved for PC graphics cards rather than system memory). Sony argues this architecture will be easy to develop for and therefore encourage more developers to create titles for the console.
Sony has also announced the Dual Shock 4 controller, which features the 'share' button, along with a touchpad, a light bar to indicate the player number and a headphone jack. The light bar also functions with a dual camera console attachment to perceive movement and depth.