PlayStation 4: Everything You Need to Know

PlayStation 4 Logo It’s official! The PlayStation 4 is a thing and it’s coming out this year! Get excited, gamers! The PlayStation 4 is the first true next-gen console and the features it’s sporting are exceptional. Also, games! This article will be constantly updated in real time as new details about the PlayStation 4 come to night. But for the time being, here’s everything you need to know.

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It won’t be shaped like a question mark… or will it?

The Console

Looks: Your guess is as good as mine at this point. They haven’t shown what the console looks like yet, but it’s safe to assume it’ll be black and sexy, just the way momma likes it.

Main Processor: Daddy likes them meaty!

  • Single-chip custom processor.
  • CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar,” 8 cores
  • GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon-based

RAM: The PlayStation 4 is the first console in history to sport 8GB of RAM. That’s a whole lot of bacon, kids! The PC-gaming elitest in me wants to causally mention that my gaming rig has 16GB of RAM, but I’m not that big of an asshole. Oh, wait. Whoops. But for a home console, 8GB is astounding and I can’t wait to see developers pushing it to the limit. That’s a huge step up from previous consoles.

PS4 Specs

Hard Drive: The PlayStation 4 has a built-in hard disk drive. The size of it is unknown at this time, but with Sony’s push into the downloadable distribution market, it makes sense that it will be at least as big as the largest HDD currently available for the PS3. It has been confirmed as “massive,” so it’s at least six inches in the mind of an impotent man with low self-esteem.

Optical Drive: The optical drive on the PlayStation 4 will read both Blu-rays at 6xCAV and DVD’s at 8xCAV. Nice to see they aren’t ditching Blu-ray for HD-DVD.

Video Out: You will be able to hook your PlayStation 4 to your TV using HDMI, Analog-AV and Digital Output (optical).

Bluetooth: The PlayStation 4 supports bluetooth, so all your existing bluetooth peripherals should, in theory, work with the PS4.

Play While Downloading: I kid you not, we are living in the future! With the PlayStation 4, gamers will be able to play their newly purchased games the moment they are bought and play them while they continue to download. The PlayStation 4 isn’t the first to use such technology. You have been able to play World of Warcraft while it’s downloading for some time now. The only catch is you have to let it download all the important content first, and then you can play while more minor content is downloading. Judging from what we’ve heard of the PlayStation 4, you will be able to stream the entire game from the start, so no need download it in chunks. Of course, it’s safe to assume it’ll need to buffer from time to time depending on your Internet connecting  so don’t expect to jump into this year’s Call of Duty’s multiplayer the second you buy the game digitally.

Ni No Kuni
I’d rather break in my PS4 with Ni No Kuni than a PS4 launch title. I’m weird like that.

Backwards Compatibility: While the PS4 will not be backwards compatible in the traditional sense, you will still be able to play PS1, PS2 and PS3 games on the PlayStation 4 by streaming them from the cloud. This is a risky move, as those games will have to be bought again and your Internet Service Provider is already waiting to charge you and arm and a leg the moment you surpass your data cap, but a feature is a feature. Maybe you won’t have to re-buy the game, but simply placing the disc in verifies that your own it and then it allows you to stream from their online catalogue, for free. Well, this is a business and there’s no money to be made by going that route, so that likely won’t be the case. It’s nice that they aren’t ditching their backlog altogether, but this is still a risky move and I’m not sure how it will play out.

USB 3.0: I’m not the best at math, but I know 3.0 is better and faster than 2.0… that’s why it has a higher number than previous USB iterations! Right? Right. The PlayStation 4 very well could have stuck with 2.0 and been just fine, but it’s nice to see that they are thinking ahead and opted for a newer technology for their USB ports. Thanks for reminding me to upgrade my computer to 3.0, Sony.

PlayStation 4 Live Streaming
Active Live Stream on PlayStation 4

Live Game Streaming: You will be able to stream gameplay directly from your PlayStation 4 using the Share button on the controller. Not only that, but you’ll also be able to to watch other people play games and talk to them while doing so. I think this a great since there has been a boom in live streaming and let’s play’s lately. Let’s just hope the PlayStation 4 community is more friendly toward girls who are openly… well… girls, unlike the Xbox Live community. I know it’s a mockup, but I’m still surprised by the lack of literal and figurative dicks in the above chat box.

PS4 Controller Close Up
The PlayStation 4’s DUALSHOCK 4 Controller

THE CONTROLLER

The PlayStation 4’s controller reinvents the classic design. The iconic shape that you know and love is there, but it has been drastically improved with a heap of features unlike any that have been seen on a PlayStation controller before.

PlayStation 4 Controller Features:

DUALSHOCK 4: The controller is officially the successor to the long-running DUALSHOCK line of controllers.

Wireless: It’s a wireless controller. That’s a given, but it’s nice to see it in writing, yes?

SIXAXIS: It’s back, with a vengeance. Sony hasn’t forgotten about the most underutilized part of the PS3 controller. The DUALSHOCK 4 has a new, highly sensitive SIXAXIS sensor so folks will be able to get their waggle on yet again.

Light Bar: There’s a light bar on the top of the controller with three color LEDs that illuminate in various colors and ways. This will be used to match the color of characters in the game, to easily differentiate each controller from one another during local multiplayer parties. It can also be used to provide useful game information like if you’re low on health, need to reload, or alert you that an enemy has you locked on. Most impressively, since it’s PS Move enabled, the PS  Move (new model, down below) will recognize where players are sitting and alter the split-screen accordingly. I can’t stand sitting down on the right side only to realize my character I’m controlling is in the window to the left.

PS4 Controller Light Bar
The PlayStation 4 Light Bar

Touch Pad: That big, dull-looking bar on the front of the DUALSHOCK 4 is the Touch Pad. It’s clickable and supports two points of touch, making it useful for non-game content like surfing the web. Of course, it’s also useful for in-game actions as well. Let’s just hope developers don’t end up treating it like they did the SIXAXIS and ignore it’s potential.

Share Button: Sharing is caring, friend! The Share button is located to the left of the Touch Pad and is used for, you guessed it, sharing gameplay! While I’m not huge on this whole “Let’s Play” fad or watching other people play games over the Internet, those silly Youtubers and Livestreamers will surely use that button to death. If video isn’t your thing, the share button will also allow you to take screenshots. That, right there, is the dream of a game reviewer without a dev kit. If that functionality is good enough for portables like the PS Vita or iOS devices, you’re damn right it’s good enough for a home console!

PS4 Share Button
The PlayStation 4 Share Button

Speaker: Similar to the Wii Remote, the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller has a built-in speaker. You’ll be able to use it as an additional audio window into the game world. Characters may speak to you through it like a phone or you’ll hear bullets bounce off the wall near you through the speaker.

Headphone Jack: The DUALSHOCK 4 sports a stereo headphone jack. Plug in your buds (or headset) and listen to the music (or children screaming).

Analog Sticks: The analog sticks on the PlayStation 4 have a concave in the middle, supposedly to allow better grip. The inner workings are also different. The precision has been improved and the dead zone in the middle has been eliminated. Smaller motions will be detected much better and players will have tighter control over their movement in games.

Power Button: The Power button, also known as the PlayStation logo on the controller, will replace actions normally used by pressing Start or Select. Pressing it puts the PlayStation 4 into a power-saving sleep-like state and pressing it again allows you to resume the game where you last left off.

PlayStation 4 Power Button
PlayStation 4 Power Button

Triggers: Where the triggers on the PS3 felt more like one-way buttons, the triggers on the PlayStation 4 are vastly improved in terms of precision, giving players more precise control when they need it most.

Options Button: Goodbye, Start and Select buttons! They were so 2006 anyway. Hello, Options button! The DUALSHOCK 4 merges the Start and Select buttons into one button, called the Options button. It’s the little PS icon in the middle of the controller. Out of fear of accidentally skipping cutscenes by attempting to pause the game by pressing Start, I ended up turning to the Xbox Guide button and PS button on the PS3 more than Start, so this is a welcome change in my book.

Headset: Looks like the Sony’s online community is going to start experiencing the “joy” of children singing and imitating Duke Nukem from the get-go. The PlayStation 4 will include a mono headset in the box.

Charging: You can charge the controller while the PlayStation 4 is in standby mode. Praise the Gods!

PS Eye for PlayStation 4
The PS Eye for PS4.

PlayStation Eye

I didn’t think I’d see a second coming of the Eye Toy, but Sony’s PlayStation Eye proved me wrong. Bundled with Move, I consider both Move and the PS Eye to be a flop and desperate attempt at Kinecting kids, old folk, and the morbidity obese into the world of PlayStation. I hated it and never used it, but I’m sure some people like it. And there’s nothing wrong with that! The PlayStation 4’s PlayStation Eye on the other hand, looks interesting, to say the least. It’s not as sexy as the Xbox 360’s Kinect sensor, but it’s certainly as big and bulky. You won’t be able to fit both a Kinect and PS Eye on top of your TV, that’s for sure. And the OCD in me wants the lens on the right to be moved over one square so it’s symmetrical. Right now it’s driving me crazy. I mean, really… come on, design people! Make the damn thing look even! AH!

Camera: The camera itself shoots 1280×800 video at 60fps and it has an 80 degree field-of-view thanks to the duel lenses.

Microphone: The PS Eye has four microphones to ensure it understands you regardless of where you are at in the room. But much like Siri, it’ll still manage to lower your self-esteem by confirming that you talk so much like an idiot, that even a piece of technology of this caliber can’t understand you.

Move Compatible: You didn’t think Sony’s Wii competitor would die that quickly, did you? Well, I did. You probably did, too, but that’s besides the point. It’ll be alive and kicking on the PS4 thanks to the new PS Eye. That light on the controller? PS Eye is the sassy lady that eyes it up and down and puts players in their place.

Full Specs:

  • External Dimension: Approx. 186mm x 27mm x 27mm (width x height x depth) (tentative)
  • Weight: Approx. 183g (tentative)
  • Video Pixel: (Maximum) 1280 x 800 pixel x 2
  • Video Frame Rate: 1280×800 pixel @ 60fps, 640×400 pixel @ 120fps, 320×192 pixel @ 240fps
  • Video Format: RAW, YUV (uncompressed)
  • Lens: Dual Lenses, F value/F2.0 fixed focus
  • Capture Range: 30cm~∞
  • Field-of-View: 85°
  • Microphone: 4 Channel Microphone Array
  • Connection Type: PS4 dedicated connector (AUX connector)
  • Cable Length: Approx. 2m (tentative)

Watch Dogs PS4

Confirmed Games:

Who says the PlayStation 4 won’t have enough good games? No one! I was surprised by the amount of returning franchises and new IP’s that were shown during the PS4 announcement. So far, the following eleven games were confirmed for release on the PS4 during the launch window.

  • The Witness
  • Knack
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • Driveclub
  • inFamous: Second Son
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • Deep Down
  • Watch Dogs
  • Diablo III
  • Destiny
  • The Witcher 3

RELEASE DATE: HOLIDAY 2013

Unless Microsoft pulls a new console out of their ass real soon, it’s looking like the PlayStation 4 will be on everyone’s holiday wish list this year. With unfortunately poor Wii U sales, it seems consumers are ready for a console that’s truly next-gen. With more information about the PlayStation 4 coming to light every day, I’m confident this is going to be a wonderful year for gamers.

  • I have no idea Two Souls was confirmed for the Quadruple. Damn that’s a long wait…

  • Oh PS Quadripple, Quadnizzle? Anyways great article, really rounded up all the info. :D
    I’m just going to leave this here: “The Chinese, Vietnamese, the Korean and the Japanese are superstitious about the number four because it is a homonym for “death” in their languages.”

  • I’ll admit I didn’t read every detail in this article but did you mention that the PS4 will have PSP low power options such as turning it off to low power mode then turn it back on and resume play right where you left off? Also just imo comparing PC gaming to consoles is like comparing Sony and Microsoft consoles to Nintendo’s consoles. We get it PC Gaming is the future, its in its own league lol. Great article!