This guest post was contributed by Curtis Taylor.
The official Sony event unveiled the highly anticipated PlayStation 4. The time for rumors is gone now. Some un-named sources have claimed that there are 2 models of PlayStation. Prices of these models are hidden but by the end of the year the revelation is expected. According to rumors, expected prices would vary between $529 and $429. With its numerous new features and interesting elements PS4 is expected to be a hit.
There were a lot of speculations all of which have been put to rest after the conference.
The latest update in the month of January made PlayStation Network games possible to purchase using internet. There are certainly many new features to PS4 but these features are not for free of course. Like other big corporations, there is going to be a pre-defined fee that will have be paid to get the premium subscription of PS4.
Sony is really trying to focus on the social element of gaming with the PS4. They have actually made a deal with Facebook and Ustream to allow enhanced social capabilities. You can actually share live streams of whatever game you are playing by pressing a share button on the Dual-shock 4.
Other exciting features of PS4 that made were made public at the conference include its ability to help your friends play games from your dashboard. Even if you do not have the actual game that your friends are playing, you will still be able to see it and play it. Apart from watching the games of your friends, PS4 will enable you to join a matching or play in mid-level with your friend using streaming.
While you will end the game, you will then be prompted to buy the game. After buying a game in this way you can continue to play it without any interruption using streaming. You can also keep downloading new games in the background. It is certainly a great way to boost the sale. PS4 is not only great to play with old PS users, but its amazing features have developed the interest of new users as well.
It’s widely popular that the new PS4 will be based on AMD technology, both for its GPU and CPU elements like Xbox720. The AMD hardware was confirmed few days back by Sony in a press release, didn’t exactly say so, but referred to an “accelerated processing unit,” that is AMD’s terminology for a chip which combines graphics processing and microprocessor on a single piece of silicon. Instead of two chips a single one is more cost-effective and economical for a game console. One of the representation from Sony has explained that “it is an AMD chip with Radeon graphics,” Though the specific architecture was not explained in much detail.
The PS4 GPU is rumored to have fifty percent more computing units than the Xbox 720. As confirmed in the reveal, these can be utilized for more than just graphics. The leaks have also confirmed the addition of “GDDR5 8GB” in the Memory Specs of PS4, which is incredible. The GDDR is the abbreviation of “Graphics Double Data Rate”. It’s a type of high performance graphics card memory. The new PS4 has thirty-two times the amount of graphics capacity (GDDR) as compared to the PS3, which weighs in with 256 MB GDDR3. GDDR5 performs at Eight-bit wide data buffer that will allow for twenty percent more processing capabilities compared to GDDR3. Go to the link to find out about GDDR5 in PS4.
The dual shock 4 controller was also revealed in the Sony conference. The Shape of the controller will pretty much be the same but some really cool new features have been added to the dual shock 4. A share button which when pressed will share whatever you are doing on the PS4 social network. A light bar has been added the controller to give each player a unique style. On top of that the dual shock comes with sensor which allows for more in-depth motion tracking with the kinect-like camera that comes with the PS4.
SPECS of PS4
Let’s have a look at the official listing of the specification of PS4, released after the occasion.
- GDDR5 8GB
- Single-chip custom processor
- GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon™ based graphics engine
- CPU: x86-64 AMD ‘Jaguar’ 8 cores
Optical Drive (read only):
- DVD 8xCAV
- BD 6xCAV
Hard Disk Drive:
- Digital Output (optical)
- Analog-AV out
I/O and communication:
- Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0)
- Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
- Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)
- IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
About the Author
Curtis Taylor is aspiring to be the lead public technical advisor throughout the world for all things in personal electronics. He has a passion for gaming, his dog Ralph, and playing pranks on his co-workers. Curtis’s desire to uncover and understand the technical aspects of devices is shown through his projects sited on every major tech site on theweb. Curtis is head of research and development for RepairLabs. which is a device repair facility and an influential tech blog. Repairlabs is on a mission to change the world through its charitable program Operation Hero (help each repair over come). Follow him @repair_Labs