PlayStation 4 Officially Announced – Initial Specs and Details Revealed

PlayStation 4 Logo

The news is official! Sony Computer Entertainment has finally announced their next-gen gaming machine, the PlayStation 4. The PS4, which will be coming Holiday 2013, is geared to change the way we play by combining “intelligent personalization, deeply integrated social capabilities, and innovative second-screen features.”  Check out the trailer below for a glimpse at what to expect from the PS4.

PlayStation’s focus on the PS4 seems to be geared to social and online gaming. The system is built around network play and is being noted for its power and fluid style.

Some of the highlights of the system include:

  • Ability to play games while they are downloading
  • Brand new Social Network of sorts for PSN
  • Next-Gen PlayStation 4 Eye camera
  • Redesigned next-gen DualShock 4 controller
  • Easy share buttons on DualShock 4
  • Touchpad on Dualshock 4 Controller
  • Try every PS4 game for free through the PSN
  • Second Screen Apps to play across all types of mobile devices
  • Full remote play with the PlayStation Vita
  • Gaikai Cloud integration
  • Live streaming and recording of gameplay
  • Ability to let someone else remotely “take over” your control and play a game for you over PSN
  • Cross-Game Chat
  • New User Interface

There are some things that many might find a drawback with the PS4 though. For instance, the system is not backwards compatible with PS3 games. However, Sony hopes to remedy that through their Gaikai initiative, looking to bring the full PlayStation library from PS1 to PS3 to the Gaikai Cloud.

The PS4 is also said to be an intelligent system that learns your tastes over time and caters to your specific needs and preferences as a gamer.

One other positive note that Sony has confirmed, the PS4 will not block used games.

Initial PS4 System Specs

  • Main Processor
    • Single-chip custom processor
    • CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
    • GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon™ based
    • graphics engine
  • Memory – GDDR5 8GB
  • Built-in Hard Disk Drive
  • Optical Drive (read only)
    • BD 6xCAV
    • DVD 8xCAV
    • I/O
    • Super-Speed USB (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)

 

Unfortunately, we did not see the actual PlayStation system at the presentation, but we will likely see it in the coming months. For now, what we did see hardware wise, were the aforementioned new DualShock 4 controller and the PlayStation 4 Eye. Both of these can be seen in the gallery below:

 

No doubt we didn’t see everything the PS4 could do as this was just an initial reveal. We’ll be looking forward to hearing more news and details about the system as they year goes on. So sound off in the comments below, excited for the PS4? What features are you looking forward to?

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  • PS3 Gamer

    Nice specs and info.

    What troubles me is the “Live streaming and recording of gameplay” I assume that means my gameplay is always being broadcast. I Don’t like this as i can see many people going over there internet bandwidth caps each month and over paying their provides,

    Sony is focusing too heavily on the social networks and streaming. how much of the 8GB and the 8 cores will be reserve for OS and streaming gameplay 2or 4 GB and how many cores ??

    • http://GamerXChange.net/ Simply G

      Good questions and they haven’t been answered yet. I know Sony did say that background activity such as downloads and updates will be taken care of by a dedicated chip. Still, since this was just the initial reveal, there were bound to be some questions left over. Hopefully when GDC and E3 comes around this year, we’ll be able to get those answers.

      As for the streaming, I am sure this will just be an option available to players as it has been brought to light since the meeting, an internet connection is NOT required to play on the PS4.

      • PS3 Gamer

        my concerns are that the system will require at least 2 GB of ram for constant video recording in the background at 1080P resolution. with all other features enabled that 8GB of Ram turns into 4GB of free ram for Gaming. id rather have the option to disable recording. A dedicate chip will not only be needed, RAM will also be needed.

        2. the system will get hotter with background recording my HD DVR is always hot when recording. this will affect the reliability of the ps4 as it will need exhaust even more Heat.

        3. the wii U doesn’t look as bad now that it can also run games at 1080P. before it was xbox 360 and ps3 had HD gaming and Wii didn’t. now that all three will have 1080P gaming. the PS4 won’t look much more better.

        my prediction is that SONY will fail with this whole social media crap. where they should of focused on GAMERS.

        who really wants to login to there consoles just to see there friends play. or take over control for them. honestly these features are not for “REAL GAMERS”

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