Sony's PlayStation 4 is more than just a video game console, it's a lifestyle hub. The first three PlayStations all made inroads into the entertainment world, and helped to prove that a video game console could be the most important box in your entertainment center. The PlayStation 4 plans to continue that tradition, and be just a little bit more. The system has a wealth social gaming features woven into its fabric, as well as a host of new and exciting ideas that the PS4 will introduce to gaming. On the eve of the console's official launch, we've chosen some of our favorite new features to get you ready for Sony's next generation... and these don't even include the games
.Play As You Download
One of the biggest problems with the latter end of the current console generation is that digital downloads have gotten bigger and bigger. Whether it's an indie games or a AAA-title, gigabytes of data take a long time to transfer, no matter how fast your connection is. Sony is looking to change all of that with their "Play As You Download" feature, which allows gamers to jump right into their games as soon as enough of the game has been transferred to start it up. For larger, more robust experiences, like a Call of Duty
, players will be asked which part of the game they want to download first, single-player or multiplayer, allowing them to start the game how they want, when they want.Remote Play Everything
Sony has releasing a companion app for the PlayStation 4 that will work on both Android
devices, and will allow gamers a new way to interact with their console. The app will act as both standalone and second screen experiences, depending on what you're doing, and whether or not your games allows for that type of interaction. While it's possible that these second screen experiences may be the motion control of the next gen consoles, it's still pretty cool since the novelty hasn't worn off yet.Standby Controller Charging
While this one seems like a no-brainer, it was one of the biggest things wrong with the PlayStation 3, so it's great that Sony got it right this time around. Finally, you won't need to be tethered to your system, usually with a three-foot USB cord, if the rechargeable battery in your controller has died, because now your new DualShock 4 can charge while the system is set to standby.For full coverage of the PlayStation 4 launch, tune in to PS4 All Access Live: Greatness Awaits live from NYC Nov 14 at 11/10c, only on SPIKE TV.