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Overview

Sony PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 is the fourth video game console produced by the Sony Corporation, and was released November 15th in North America and November 29th in Europe and Australia. It uses the x86 processor and 8GB of GDDR5 memory, making it much more PC-like (and easier to code for) than Sony's previous console, the PlayStation 3. It will be capable of streaming games via Gaikai's streaming service, and will feature options such as gameplay video sharing, instant game resume from hibernation, a robust social network-like friends list, PS Vita integration & remote play, and background uploading and downloading. The new controller also gives players new input options via a touchpad and motion sensor light bar.

For the first time on a Sony console, a paid membership to their PlayStation Plus program will be required to play online multiplayer on the PS4. Free-to-play & subscription-based games are however exempt, as are other online services such as Netflix. A single PS+ membership applies across the PS Vita, PS3, and PS4 consoles.

Announcement

Sony officially announced the PlayStation 4 on February 20, 2013 at a 2 hour event called PlayStation Meeting 2013, which was hosted by Andrew House & held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

The hardware specifications and interface of the new console were presented by Mark Cerny, who also showed off the newly redesigned DualShock 4 controller.

Gaikai CEO, David Perry, took the stage to talk about the potential their streaming and cloud gaming service can bring to the console.

Various developers then took the stage to show a few of the games & concepts being developed for the platform, including Drive Club, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Watch_Dogs, The Witness, and inFamous: Second Son. The console itself was not revealed at this event.

Launch Console & Software

PlayStation 4 console

The public got its first look at the console on stage at Sony's press conference at E3 on June 10th, 2013, where it was revealed that it will cost $399 (US), contain a 500GB hard drive, and be packed with a controller and headset (ear bud + cord mic).

On August 20th 2013 at Gamescom in Germany, Sony revealed the console would be released November 15th 2013 in the US and November 29th in Europe.

Launch Software

The following games launched with the PS4:

PS4 Apps

The PlayStation 4 launched with the following digital entertainment apps in North America:

  • Music Unlimited
  • Video Unlimited
  • Netflix
  • Hulu
  • Amazon Instant Video
  • Crackle
  • Crunchyroll
  • EPIX
  • NBA Game Time
  • NHL GameCenter
  • Redbox Instant
  • Vudu
  • YuppTV

DualShock 4 Controller

Mark Cerny reveals the DualShock 4 during the PlayStation Meeting 2013.

The PlayStation 4 uses the DualShock 4 controller. It is similar to previous DualShock controllers at first glance, but it contains a few significant additions & alterations:

  • Touch Pad - The center of the controller now features a touch pad in the center, capable of dual-touch input.
  • Speaker & Headphone Jack - Below the touch pad is an external speaker for game sounds, and on the bottom of the controller is a headphone jack for headset communication.
  • Light Bar - At the top of the controller is a color-changing light bar that is used in conjunction with the PlayStation 4 Eye to detect the movement & position of the player, very similar in function to the PlayStation Move controller.
  • New Buttons - The hallmark "Start" & "Select" buttons that existed on every other PlayStation controller have been completely removed, with two new buttons flanking either side of the touch pad:
    • Share button - To the left of the touch pad is the Share button, which allows players to upload gameplay screenshots & video with people on their friends list or on social media services.
    • Options button - To the right of the touch pad is the Options button, which serves the function of the old Start button, for things like pausing the game and bringing up the in-game menus.
  • Analog Sticks & Triggers Re-designed - The analog sticks are now concave, and the L2 & R2 buttons are more trigger-shaped, more similar to both the Dreamcast and Xbox 360 controllers.

The DualShock 4 will be available in Jet Black during the launch of PlayStation 4, and in Wave Blue and Magma Red on November, 29th for Europe and before the end of 2013 for North America

Gaikai Integration

Sony is leveraging its $380 million acquisition of the cloud service Gaikai in the PlayStation 4. Gaikai CEO Dave Perry announced that the service will be fully integrated with the new system to provide background downloading of games, streaming of game content, and potentially providing backwards compatibility with the PS1, PS2 and PS3 libraries in the future. A major feature will be the ability to play instant demos on the new system, without the need to download files locally. Upon further clarification with Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios of Sony Computer Entertainment, not all games on the system will contain this feature, but Sony is "highly recommending" implementation. In addition, the Share functionality of the PS4 is tied to Gaikai, allowing for players on the system to share their gameplay to social networks such as Facebook and Ustream.

Sony announced during their 2013 E3 press conference that the service would not be available at launch, but would be available sometime in 2014.

Hardware Specifications

Main Processor

Single-chip custom processor

CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar,” 8 cores

GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon™-based graphics engine

MemoryGDDR5 8GB (Unified)
Hard Disk Drive

500 GB (Built-in, user-replaceable)

External Dimensions

275×53×305 mm (width × height × length) (tentative)

Optical Drive

(read only)

Blu-ray 6xCAV

DVD 8xCAV

I/OSuper-Speed USB (USB 3.0) port x2, AUX port x1

Communication

Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)

IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)

AV output

HDMI OUT port

DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port

Included

PlayStation 4 system x1

Wireless DUALSHOCK 4 controller x1

Mono headset x1

AC power cord x1

HDMI cable x1

USB cable x1

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