Sony has announced its new video game console, PS4, but the Japanese electronics giant, at a media event in New York City on Thursday, did not confirm a release date or price for the successor to the now seven-year-old PS3.

Among the touted advances were social integration and the ability to download games directly from Sony. Additionally, the new system will be able to download updates and patches to games during gameplay.

The company is also hoping the ability to transfer gameplay to tablets, smartphones and its own Playstation Vita handheld system, will help counter flagging home-console sales as games on the iOS and Android mobile operating systems continue to pick up steam.

Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman reports.

Source: Al Jazeera