Moving away from the complicated Cell architecture of the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 will feature a simpler AMD processor, in hopes of attracting a broader range of developers and support for the system. Sony also plans to place more focus on social gameplay, incorporating a "share" button on the new controller and making it possible to view in-game play streamed live from friends. The console will focus on interactivity with other services and devices, including Gaikai, a cloud-based gaming service that will offer streaming video game content; PlayStation App, which will connect smartphones and tablets into a second screen to enhance gameplay; and PlayStation Vita, which will be able to play a majority of the games through Remote Play.
Hardware Specification :
- CPU: x86-64 AMD "Jaguar" Single-chip custom processor
- GPU: AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine
- Memory: 8GB GDDR5
- 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: PlayStation 4 system x1, Wireless controller (DualShock 4) x1, Mono headset x1, AC power cord x1, HDMI cable x1, USB cable x1
Sony announced the PS4 price at E3 - it'll cost $399 in the US, £349 in the UK and €399 in Europe when it goes on sale in November. That's a whole $100 cheaper than the Xbox One.
Sony is planning to launch a cloud-based streaming service through Gaikai, a company acquired by Sony in July 2012. The service will emulate and render previous generations of PlayStation games, streaming them to the PS4 and the Vita, over the internet.
What's more, we've gained new insight into the DualShock 4. As we know, the controller sports an integrated touch pad, headset jack, share button, and LED player identifier, but we've now learned that the touch pad features a mechanical button and supports "capacitive type." In addition to the obvious size and ergonomic changes, the DualShock 4 is expectedly gaining a bit of weight, going from 6.77 ounces on the DualShock 3 to 7.4 ounces on the DualShock 4. Details were remarkably scant at the event regarding the PlayStation 4 Eye, which has been revealed as having a 1280x800 pixel sensor capable of capturing video at 60 frames-per-second — a significant leap over the Kinect's 640x480 30fps sensor. It also won't have to eat up a USB port on the console because it has its own dedicated port. It will be able to be used for "walkthrougs, taunting in killcams, login, and speech recognition." It can also read whether you and a friend switched places during a split-screen game.