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The essential guide to the Playstation 4

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February 21, 2013 by thedavidryan

The Playstation 4 revealed

As with any new console release there is often a lot of jargon, unnecessary padding and useless chatter. Therefore, I have decided to strip down the very impressive 2 hour Playstation 4 conference into sizeable chunks for you to digest and enjoy. So without further adieu, let’s see what the Playstation 4 has to offer:

The specs

Sony announced the four major concepts it was going after with the design of the PS4: Simple, Immediate, Social and Personalized. The technical aspects of the console have been labelled as a ‘supercharged PC’ and the specs are as follows:

  • x86-64 AMD “Jaguar” 8-core CPU
  • “Enhanced” AMD next-gen Radeon GPU
  • CPU/GPU on the same die
  • 8 GB unified GDDR5 RAM
  • On-board hard drive (no size announced)
  • Blu-ray optical drive
  • USB 3.0
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 802.11b/g/n wifi
  • HDMI, analogue video, digital optical audio

Cloud gaming

  • Gamers will be able to sample and purchase games through the PlayStation Network including, eventually, backward-compatible PS1, PS2 & PS3 titles
  • Gamers will be able to begin playing a game they’ve purchased while it’s still being downloaded.
  • Players will be able to press the “share” button on the DualShock 4 to begin capturing their own gameplay in real time and multicast it to their friends using the new PS4 social network.

The controller

DualShock 4

  • The console’s power button can be used to put the system in a sleep state, and with another press of the button, it will boot back up instantly and gameplay can be resumed from the exact spot you left off.
  • A speaker and stereo headphone jack are built into the controller. A mono headset will be included with the PS4.
  • The light bar contains three LEDs that can light up in various colours to provide useful information to players. For example, it can change colours to tell players that their health is low in a game.
  • Sony has merged the traditional Start and Select buttons into a single “Options” button.
  • The controller can be charged through the PS4 even when the console is on standby.

Social

  • Sony will be partnering with “key third party devices and services” like Facebook and Ustream to provide a raft of options for sharing and sociality
  • Pressing the “share” button while playing a game will allow players to capture video and broadcast it to friends, before returning to the game while the clip uploads to the web in the background
  • Using the PlayStation Network, gamers will be able to browse live game video of what friends are doing at that exact moment

The games

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Infamous: Second Sun

Watch Dogs

Deep Down

Destiny

There we have it. Everything you need to know about the extremely promising looking Playstation 4. While the console itself was not revealed at the event, in fairness Sony never said it would be, it is expected that the Playstation 4 console will be revealed when the hotly anticipated E3 event rolls round in June.

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14 thoughts on “The essential guide to the Playstation 4

  1. eldaveo says:

    So excited about this. Sign me up! 🙂

  2. zeroreverse says:

    Great info man! It helped me fill some gaps on stuff I missed.

  3. *squeals like a little girl*

    so excited! I didn’t like the controller to start with but it’s already growing on me.

  4. Rabidgames says:

    The PS4 seems to be pretty solid in terms of games. However, social stuff, touchpads and move/eye functions seem all like unnecessary gimmicks – and hopefully, all of them are optional.
    Still unsure about the streaming backwards compatibility … do we have to buy all our games a second or third time?

    Now let’s see what Microsoft can come up with!

  5. Nice and simple article!

  6. Chronos says:

    Good article, mate. The PS4 will rock how we do gaming nowadays.

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