PlayStation 4: Everything You Need To Know

by Gaetano 'Xbot' Prestia 5 Comments 13 Likes 56,508 Views 11/10/2013 Back to PS4 articles PlayStation 4

Where To Buy It   |   The Basics   |   The History   |   The Games   |   The Controller   |   The Media   |   The Specs   |   The Features

Where To Buy It

PlayStation 4 Pre-Order Deals

Included With The Console: PlayStation 4 system x1, Wireless controller (DualShock 4) x1, Mono headset x1, AC power cord x1, HDMI cable x1, USB cable x1

Store Price
Harvey Norman $547
JB Hi-Fi $548
EB Games $549
Sony Store $549
Dick Smith $548
Big W $548
 

The Basics

The PlayStation 4 is a video game console manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. Announced as a successor to the PlayStation 3 on February 20, 2013, it will be Sony’s fourth home gaming console, and its fifth overall gaming device.

It will launch on November 29, 2013, in Europe and Australia, and November 15, 2013 in North America.

The History

Lead architect Mark Cerny told IGN that development of the console began as early as 2008, only two years into the PS3’s life. Sony, hoping to avoid the same mistake it made with the PS3 is shipping it a year after the release of the Xbox 360, had always planned to get the head start on Microsoft and its Xbox 360 successor.

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Development kits running on the modified PC running the AMD Accelerated Processing Unit chipset were sent to developers in 2012, and in early 2013, officially unveiled the PS4, codenamed “Orbis” since early 2012, at an event in New York City.

The Games

These are the confirmed day one launch games for the PlayStation 4.

The Controller

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The DualShock 4 game controller looks similar to the PS3’s DualShock 3, but has several new features. While at first glance it appears almost exactly the same as the DS3, it is actually the most drastic change in a PlayStation controller since the brand’s inception in the early 1990s.

  • TouchPad

The clickable 2-point touchpad has a resolution of 1920x900 and is located at the front of the controller.

  • Share Button

The share button allows players to record, snap and share images and video of games.

  • Grip

Sony added a grip to both the left and right handles of the controller.

  • Light bar

The light bar will do a number of things. It will be used to identify up to four different players, while also acting as the console’s Move motion control functionality, which will help the PS4 determine the location of a player.

  • Battery

The built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery can be charged while the console is in sleep mode.

  • Audio

The controller will have a built-in mono speaker and a headphone jack.

The Media

Media Will it Work?
PS4 game Yes
PS4 download Yes
PS4 used game Yes
PS3 game No
PS3 download No
PS2 game No
PS1 game No
PSP game No
PS Vita game No
Blu-Ray Yes
DVD Yes
Audio CD Yes

 

Service On PS4?
Pulse Manager Unknown
YouTube Unknown
SBS on Demand Unknown
Quickflix Unknown
Vidzone Yes
The Studio Unknown
Yahoo!7 PLUS7 Unknown
MUBI Unknown
ABC iView Unknown
Enhanced Music Unlimited Yes
Twitch Yes

 

Service On PS4?
PlayStation Plus Yes
Browser Yes
Facebook Yes
 

The Specs

CPU: x86-64 AMD "Jaguar" Single-chip custom processor

  • Number of Cores/Threads: 8/8
  • Frequency: speculated to be running a clock speed of 1.6 Ghz on a 2.75 Ghz capable chip
  • Shared L2 Cache: 2 x 2MB
  • Manufacturing Process: 28nm

 

GPU: AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine

  • Peak Shader Throughput: 1.84TFLOPS
  • GPU Cores: 1152

 

Memory: 8GB GDDR5

  • Frequency: 5500MHz
  • System Memory Bus: 256-bits
  • System Memory Bandwidth: 176.0GB/s

 

Storage size: 500GB hard disk drive, user removable*

External dimensions: Approximately 275 x 53 x 305mm

Mass: Approx 2.8kg

BD/DVD drive (read only): BD x 6 CAV, DVD x 8 CAV

Input/Output: Super-Speed USBx (USB 3.0) port x2, AUX port x1

Networking: Ethernet x1, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)

AV output: HDMI out port, DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port

Included With The Console: PlayStation 4 system x1, Wireless controller (DualShock 4) x1, Mono headset x1, AC power cord x1, HDMI cable x1, USB cable x1

The Features

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  • 3D and 4K Resolution

The PlayStation 4 will support 3D resolution, just as the PS3 did. The console will also support 4K resolution, but not for video games. Sony has confirmed that 4K resolution on PS4 is only possible for images and video.

  • Social

The share button on the DualShock 4 controller allows players to record, snap and share images and video of games.

Alongside the inclusion of social media network Facebook, players will be able to use the U-Stream video streaming service.

Sony is also encouraging players to use their real names for their PS4 PlayStation Network account to allow for a more open, social network for gamers.

The PlayStation Network will also adapt to your likes and trends, shaping the PS4 experience to how you best use the console. The PlayStation Store will adapt to your interests this way and showcase games that may be of interest to you based on previous interactions.

  • Remote Play

The PlayStation 4 and PS Vita will share an integration feature that will allow users to play games from the PS4 on the Vita’s portable screen.

This will allow players to continue playing their game on-the-go without having to turn the game off. Further to this, the two devices have a mirror presentation, so you can play a game on one, and still have it playing on the screen for the other.

  • Gaikai

Sony acquired Gaikai to help enhance its network’s cloud computing capabilities. The technology is being used to allow players to instantly play PS4 games and demos on the PS Vita, as well as stream demos on the PS4 instantaneously.

The service will also allow players to stream their games live to their friends’ televisions.

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PlayStation 4: Everything You Need To Know Comments

  • roadrunner 411 XP 12/10/2013
    EB games got bought out by gametop 2 or 3 years ago.
  • roadrunner 411 XP 12/10/2013
    thanks for info tho
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  • Tano 340366 XP 14/10/2013

    @roadrunner said: EB games got bought out by gametop 2 or 3 years ago.



    It's still EB Games in Australia.
  • roadrunner 411 XP 14/10/2013

    @Tano said:

    @roadrunner said: EB games got bought out by gametop 2 or 3 years ago.


    It's still EB Games in Australia.


    oh sorry, im from the united states.
  • CybaCowboy 2035 XP 04/12/2013

    @Tano said:

    @roadrunner said: EB games got bought out by gametop 2 or 3 years ago.


    It's still EB Games in Australia.



    GameStop is the parent company (i.e. the owner) and only uses the trading name "GameStop" in a few select countries... Most countries use the name "EB Games".

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    Slightly off-topic, GameStop will ship a lot of their stuff to Australia and not only are they cheaper (no Australia Tax!), but they have a pretty big selection too!

    Most games and consoles are off-limits (unless you use a parcel re-direction service), but they have heaps of accessories and merchandise that is not normally available in Australia...

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    Back on topic, is there any word on PlayStation Home and its current and/or future compatibility with the PlayStation 4?
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