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The event continues with demonstration of games that can be played on the new PlayStation.

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6:45 p.m.

Like Nintendo and Microsoft, Sony is trying to position its device as an entertainment hub that can deliver movies, music and social networking as it tries to stay relevant in the age of smartphones and tablets.

The PlayStation online network will have access to Sony’s video and music services, as well as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon _ as long as you have subscriptions to those services. You’ll also be able to access Facebook.

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6:40 p.m.

Perry talks about Gaikai’s vision of letting people explore any game in the PlayStation store for free. The idea is gamers will then buy what they like.

He says PlayStation 4 will allow for virtual spectating. With one button, you can broadcast your game play so friends can “look over your shoulder virtually.”

It will have a feature called remote play, in which you run the game on the PlayStation, which then sends the video to your handheld PlayStation Vita device over the Internet so you can play remotely.

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6:30 p.m.

Cerny says the new PlayStation will have hardware compression so sharing video of game play will be easier. You can browse live game video of games your friends are playing.

Adopting Facebook’s philosophy, Sony will transition to an online game network based on real names, even as people will also be able to keep their aliases.

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