PS4

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On Febuary 20th 2013 Sony officially unveiled it’s next-generation console during a media event in New York. During the event Sony talked about the consoles internal specifications, showed off some pretty impressing next-gen games & talked about the great amount of potential developers now have with the PlayStation 4. According to Sony’s Andrew House the PS4 will bring new,

“experiences that surpass gamers’ wildest expectations.”

Check out our Full Comparison: The Xbox One Vs PlayStation 4 Here.

Hardware Specs:

The PlayStation 4′s internal specs are as follows;

  • Main Processor: Single-chip custom processor
  • CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
  • GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon™ based graphics engine
  • Memory: GDDR5 8GB
  • Optical Drive (read only): BD 6xCAV, DVD 8xCAV
  • Hard Disk Drive: Built-in
  • Blu-ray 6xCAV
  • I/O Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0)
  • Communication Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T), IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)
  • AV Output HDMI
  • Analog-AV out
  • Optical Digital Output

The console will also include an unknown amount of USB 3.0 ports & each system will ship a “Mono Headset” for cross-game chat & other social features. Sony has not yet confirmed the exact size of the consoles hard drive but they have stated that each PS4 will have “a very large hard drive in every console.”

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Design:

One of the biggest surprises from the February event was that Sony did not reveal what the new console actually looks like. When asked why the console was not shown, Sony said that the final design had not yet been completed. We can expect the console to be officially revealed to the public at E3 in June.

On May 20th Sony released the following video teasing the design of the console with some blurry imagery.

 

New Features:

  • 5 Core Principles - Simple, Immediate, Social, Integrated, Personalized
  • Central Device - The PlayStation 4 is targeted to be the “central device in the living room”Central Device - The PlayStation 4 is targeted to be the “central device in the living room”
  • Update While Turned Off - Your PS4 will update to the latest software even when it’s switched off
  • Play As You Download – You’ll be able to ply digital titles as they download from the PlayStation Store
  • Pick Up Where You Left Off – Immediately pick up any saved game where you left off with ‘suspend mode’ this gets rid of long loading times and lets you carry on playing by simply pressing the power button
  • Gaikai Cloud Service - Sony has announced that the PS4′s cloud service would be provided by Gaikai.
  • PSN Friend Limit Is Increasing – Sony is increasing the number of PlayStation Network friends from the current cap of 100 to… well, Sony have not yet said
  • Very Large Hard Drive – Specifics as to as what the exact size of PS4 hard drives would be are unknown yet, but a Sony rep has stated there will be “a very large hard drive in every console.”
  • PS4 Chargers Controller While Sleeping - When it’s sleeping, the PS4 will charge your DualShock 4 controllers
  • Headset In Every Box - The PS4 will put a headset in every box so that communication is easy between you and your friends
  • Using Your Real Name – The PlayStation 4 will integrate itself into your social networks using your real name on the console. Although this is only optional, if you do choose to enable this you’ll import your friends from various social networking sites and you’ll use your real name. You can also decide which of your PSN friends see your real name.
  • Anytime Remote Play – With remote play on the PS4 both screens will be mirrored, this means they’ll both be showing the game. You can start Remote Play at any time on the PS4.
  • Colours = Numbers - The light bars on the DualShock 4 are able to identify players. The colour/player relationship is always the same. Player 1 will always be blue, Player 2 red, Player 3 green, and Player 4 pink. Plus, that light bar can be used to display muzzle flashes from your gun, health and so on.
  • PS4 Dev Environment – Windows 7-bit, tools are fully integrated into Visual Studio 2010 and 2012
  • Simplified User Interface - The PS4′s UI will allow you to be more social with your friends as well as give you at a glance info without loading the game. See what new DLC is out, what friends are saying and much more.
  • Always Sharing -  All of the PS4′s streaming and sharing abilities are on the hardware, developers don’t have to do anything special to their game.

 

Introducing PlayStation 4:

 

Dualshock  4:

  • The Start/Select buttons is now “Options.” & the new System button is “Share.”
  • Now includes speaker, stereo headset jack, light bar, vibration and extension port
  • Buttons are going back to digital over analog
  • L2/R2 buttons are now curved in design to get rid of the accidental video fast forwarding
  • 1920×900 resolution on the analog touchpad
  • Colors are the player numbers: 1-Blue, 2-Red, 3-Green, 4-Pink
  • Light bar can be used for muzzle flashes, health bars, etc
  • Built in lithium-ion rechargleable battery
  • “The PS4 Eye will enhance the PS4 user experience.” High sensitivity dual color cameras – 1280×800, 12 bits/pixel, 60Hz
  • Dedicated port for the PS4 Eye camera

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Some minor details were also released regarding the PlayStation 4 Eye, we know it will have 4 microphones, a 85 degree angle of view and will feature  two 1280×800 pixel sensor able to capture video at 60 frames-per-second (quite an advantage over the Xbox360′s Kinect 640×480 30fps sensor.) Don’t stress about losing a  USB port on your consoles for we know it will have its own dedicated port. Sony says the Eye can be sued for “walkthroughs, taunting in killcams, login, and speech recognition and also the ability to tell whether you and a friend have switched places during a split-screen game.”

 

The “Share” Button:

The DualShock 4’s Share button could be one of the most important features of the new hardware. Through a partnership with live video site Ustream, it enables players to effectively broadcast their game to friends, so that they can spectate on the action, and also chip in with suggestions – or insults. If you’re stuck on a nightmarish boss, just hit Share and hope your hack-’em-up-loving mate can provide some pointers.

 

Games:

Here is a list of all the confirmed games so far for the PlayStation 4, click on a game to view it’s official PS4 trailer.

  • Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag — Ubisoft Montreal
  • Battlefield 4 — EA Dice
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts – Infinity Ward
  • Blacklight: Retribution - Zombie Studios
  • Deep Down — Capcom
  • Destiny — Bungie
  • Diablo III — Blizzard Entertainment
  • DriveClub — Evolution Studio’s
  • Final Fantasy — Square Enix
  • Infamous: Second Son — Sucker Punch
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall — Guerrilla Games
  • Knack – Studio’s Japan
  • Primal Carnage: Genesis  - Lukewarm Media
  • Sniper Elite 3 — 505 Games
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — CD Projekt RED
  • The Witness — Thekla Inc.
  • Watch Dogs — Ubisoft Montreal
  • Dying Light — Techland
  • EA Sports UFC — EA
  • FIFA Soccer 14 — EA
  • Madden 25 — EA
  • NBA Live 14 — EA
  • Need For Speed: Rivals — EA
  • War Thunder — Gaijin Entertainment
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order - Bethesda
  • Daylight — Zombie Studios
  • DC Universe Online — Sony Online Entertainment
  • Planetside 2 — Sony Online Entertainment
  • Skylanders Swap Force — Vicarious Vision
  • Thief — Square Enix
  • Warframe — Digital Extremes

The Following are games that have not been specifically confirmed for PlayStation 4, but have been announced for “next-gen consoles.”

  • The Evil Within – Bethesda
  • Rainbow Six: Patriots – Ubisoft
  • Human Element – Robotoki Studios
  • Whore Of The Orient – Team Bondi
  • Cyberpunk 2077 – CD Projekt
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Konami

Sony also showed an image of all the companies that have agreed to work with them in creating games for the PlayStation 4.

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User Interface:

Sony has now ditched the PS3′s XMB (Cross Media Bar) interface and given the PS4 a completely new look with a refreshed more personalized feel.

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Sony also showed a little of what we can expect our personal profiles to look like. Photo below shows an example of how our profiles will be more personalized with our real names and photo’s of ourselves.

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Release Date:

At the end of the PlayStation 4 announcement in February the PlayStation 4 was confirmed for a holiday 2013 release. It’s not yet known whether the PS4 will have a same-day worldwide release or it will be released in different countries in stages over a period of time.

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Price & Bundles:

Price:

A price has not been announced for the PlayStation 4 as of yet, we’ll be sure to update you when that information becomes available.

Bundles:

A trusted source has told Kotaku that…

“there are two models planned for the new machine, and that pricing won’t be announced until later this year, possibly around E3. The current plan … is to release them at $429 and $529, but that could change.”

 

Compatibility:

Games & Accessories:

  • PlayStation 4 Discs
  • PlayStation 4 Downloads
  • Used PlayStation 4 Games
  • PS Move
  • PlayStation 3 Discs
  • PlayStation 3 Downloads
  • PlayStation 2 Discs
  • PlayStation 1 Discs
  • Dualshock 3 Controller

 

Streaming:

  • Netflix
  • Hulu Plus
  • Amazon Instant Video
  • Crackle
  • Crunchyroll
  • Vudu
  • NHL
  • MLB. Tv
  • Cinema Now
  • Music Unlimited
  • Video Unlimited
  • YouTube (Most likely will be aviable on PS4, just not yet confirmed)
  • NFL Sunday Ticket
  • HBO Go
  • Max Go
  • Showtime Anytime

 

Other:

  • Facebook
  • PlayStation Plus
  • Internet Browser
  • Blu-ray / DVD’s
  • Audio CD’s

 

Gallery:

PlayStation 4 – See The Future:

PlayStation 4 – Ethos:

 

That’s everything we know so far about the PlayStation 4, bookmark this page and keep checking back as we’ll be sure to update it once more information becomes available, in the meantime be sure to follow us on;

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If you haven’t had a chance to watch the announcement you can watch the full replay here