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April 17, 2013

The Playstation 4

The new console will be released during the holidays. The upcoming system will be an attempt to make a clean break from the PS3, though, many detail about the console remain unknown.  The console is said to be "Developer friendly". The PS4 will boast 8GB of unified GDDR5 RAM - a major jump forward from the combined 512MB in the PS3.

The memory increase should give developers more latitude in like graphics and physics. The PS4 will give gamers social tools that let them share and connect with their friends. The controller features a Share button that lets players post gameplay videos onto social networks. Players will also be able to live broadcast through UStream. Unfortunately the PS4 won't play PS3 games, but it's due to major differences between the core architectures of both consoles. The same can be said for PSN titles.

If you own a smartphone or tablet, these can be used as secondary screens via a Playstation app, whether for game augmentation or to purchase titles and download to your system at home. In general, downloading digital content will be easier thanks to the ability to download in the background, play a game before it's fully downloaded, and download games while the system is powered off.

As connection-focused as the PS4 is, it will not require an internet connection, though many of its standout features won't be available to offline players.


Playstation 4's Specs

Main Processor 
  • Single-chip custom processor
  • CPU: x86-64 AMD Jaguar, 8 cores
  • GPU: AMD next-generation Radeon-based graphics engine, 1.84 TFLOPS
Memory
  • 8 GB GDDR5
Hard Disk 
  • Drive Built-in (capacity to be determined)
I/O
  • USB 3.0
  • AUX
Communication
  • Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
  • IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)
AV Output
  • HDMI
  • Analog-AV out
  • Digital Output (Optical)

The New Controller

  1. Redefined analog sticks
  2. Redesigned trigger buttons
  3. Includes new Axis sensor
  4. Light changing light bar - it identifies players and indicates status such as a character's health
  5. Improved rumble
  6. New options button - combined select and start button
  7. Share button - used for broadcasting gameplay in real time
  8. Features a stereo headphone jack and built in mono speakers
(Source: Game Informer)