PlayStation 4 unveiled

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Sony has announced the PlayStation 4 console at a conference event streamed live around the world on 20/21 February 2013. The release window for the console was pegged for holiday 2013.

No price was indicated and no picture of the PlayStation 4 was revealed.

PlayStation 4 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


  • GDDR5 8GB

Hard Disk Drive

  • Built-in

Optical Drive (read only)

  • BD 6xCAV
  • DVD 8xCAV


  • Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0)
  • AUX


  • 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 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) has been enhanced in a number of ways, principally to allow for easier use of the GPU for general purpose computing (GPGPU) such as physics simulation. The GPU contains a unified array of 18 compute units, which collectively generate 1.84 Teraflops of processing power that can freely be applied to graphics, simulation tasks, or some mixture of the two.

PS4 is equipped with 8GB GDDR5 unified system memory, giving the system 176GB/second of bandwidth.

A large HDD requirement is also confirmed. These glossed over tech specs line up with previously leaked spec rumours: Next-gen PS4 Orbis and Xbox Durango hardware details

During the presentation, the Unreal Engine 4 was shown off through an updated segment of the Elemental demo, showing advanced rendering techniques. An impressive Havok “million object” physics simulation was shown off. A new game called “Knack” is used to demo physics capabilities.

A secondary processing chip is revealed to perform background tasks, such as downloading updates and games while the console is in use for gaming. The PS4 can also play a game from a partial download, and continue background downloading the rest of the game.

A suspend/resume feature will preserves the game state and eschews shut down and load times. A gameplay clip sharing feature is revealed, allowing players to upload a segment of their recent gameplay while still in-game.

More social features were briefly discussed, such as prediction of consumer habits to pre-load content. Just how much bandwidth and hard drive space this feature will require remains to be seen.

DualShock 4 controller revealed

The DualShock 4 controller was revealed. It features a new six-axis sensor, a touch pad located on the front of the controller, a built-in speaker and stereo headset jack, and a light bar on the top with three colour LEDs that illuminate in various colours. The light bar provides feedback to the player during gameplay.

The “SELECT” and “START” buttons from the DualShock 3 controller are now integrated into a new “OPTIONS” button. A “SHARE” has been added for social features.

DualShock 4 controller

DualShock 4 controller

DualShock 4 controller

DualShock 4 controller

Shared Game Experiences

PS4 provides dedicated, “always on” video compression and decompression systems that enable seamless uploading of gameplay using the “SHARE button” on the controller. Players can scan through the last few minutes of gameplay, tag it and return to the game and the video uploads as the gamer plays. Gamers can share their images and videos with their friends on social networking services such as Facebook.

PS4 also enhances social spectating by enabling gamers to broadcast their gameplay in real-time to friends using live internet streaming services such as Ustream. During live broadcasts, friends can make comments on the streamed gameplay and, if a gamer gets stuck on a challenging level, friends can also join the game and assist.

Through a Facebook account attached to a Sony Entertainment Network account, users are able to engage in co-op play or cross-game chat.

PS4 hardware overview

PS4 hardware overview

PlayStation 4 cloud gaming

Dave Perry, CEO of Gaikai took to the stage to discuss how the cloud gaming provider is now part of the PlayStation 4 ecosystem. Perry claims that the PlayStation Network will be the fastest and most powerful gaming network in the world.

PlayStation 4 titles will be available for instant cloud gaming streaming. Demos will be provided for free.

Backwards compatibility of games will be ensured by Gaikai providing cloud services to ensure the back catalogue of games is available for PS4 and beyond.

PS3 games backwards compatibility doesn’t appear to be native though. This means users might have to re-purchase their old games.

PS Vita Remote Play and second screens

Remote play is built into the architecture of PlayStation 4, allowing the game to be shifted over to the PS Vita and played away from the central PS4 console. “PS Vita is the ultimate companion device for PS4,” said Perry.

Users can also interact with PlayStation content through linked smartphones and tablet PCs. A new application called “PlayStation App” will enable iPhone, iPad, and Android based smartphones and tablets to become second screens. Once installed, users can for example, see maps on their second screens when playing a game, purchase PS4 games while away from home and download it directly to the console at home, or remotely watch other gamers playing on their devices.

PS Move isn’t going anywhere

Sony hasn’t given up on the much maligned Move controller, and has plans to make it a new powerful way to interact with the PS4, such as creating your own 3D sculptures.

The PlayStation 4 universe

The event kicked off with an intro video celebrating the history of PlayStation consoles and highlighting some of the classic games on the platform, including God of War, Little Big Planet, and Gran Turismo.

Andrew House, Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, took to the stage and described the announce as “a moment of truth and a bold step forward for PlayStation.”

Andrew House speaks during the unveiling of the PlayStation 4 launch event in New York

Andrew House speaks during the unveiling of the PlayStation 4 launch event in New York

The gamer is now the centre point of Playstation universe said House; it is no longer the living room.

House said that the vision for the future is a consumer centric, developer inspired, commitment to phenomenal play experiences.

House also punted the PS Vita, indicating that it will become a central co-star in the life of the PS4. “We think it can bring significant value to players living room experiences,”said House, promising more info how this will happen to come later this year. “We are committed to unlocking [the PS Vita’s] potential”, said House.

Check out the PlayStation 4 announce montage below, followed by a developer montage explaining the new design philosophy for the PlayStation 4:

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  • Lycanthrope

    I kind of want one.

  • SolitudeSA

    Me too Ly. Me too.

  • Hraffnir

    I…… kind of want one too. o.o

  • Anon

    Hmm PC this, PC that. The only thing this has going for it is exclusive games and the Sony badge. I hope the masses don’t get duped into buying a closed system with overpriced games and a non existent 2nd hand market. PC FTW

  • BUT WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?!! *Drops to knees*

  • daBoss

    yeah Cevat Yerli is right consoles is keeping gaming back xD

  • Saint_Dee

    And so, the N-Gen race begins (see what I did there? No… Oh well)

  • Saint_Dee

    The people must know! The people demand to know!

  • If it can play my ps3 games as well Then I Will buy one.

  • Hraffnir

    If I read correctly, Sony will be using Gaikai to stream PS3 games to the PS4, so technically yes, you’ll be able to play PS3 games on the PS4. 🙂 But I wonder how it will work with already owned PS3 games? Will you have to buy them again on Gaikai? Oorrr…. do you insert and it’ll detect you’ve already bought it, then stream from gaikai?

  • ShadoWolf

    An easier way would be to just enter a key code of some other number found on the disc or packaging.

  • ShadoWolf

    For me, this was a home run for Sony. I’m interested to see what Microsoft comes out with regarding the Xbox

  • ShadoWolf

    Sony Exec said it won’t be locked in and you can use second hand titles. I think what Sony will do is try to make buying digital very, very attractive so that people will be deterred from buying a physical copy. However down here in Africa that we can do that. Onward new Blu Ray rack!!!

  • Sony’s head of its first-party Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will be able to play any used PS3 games, and will not in fact block it.

  • The Rich

    I want one too. Plus, considering how badly the Vita has so far flopped, I hope for Sony’s sake that the PS4 sells as decently as it looks.

  • Loyd Kambuzuma

    I’m going to like this console

  • LeakysandwichZA

    but will it blend…?

  • YePsy

    Still sucks

  • oomjan

    I love the ps3 and so i will start saving and get a PS4.

  • Pur!Fier

    See this is how they hold our attention. It`s a conspiracy!!

  • Fayainz

    I watched the entire announcement stream live and I thought it was a huge success on Sony’s part. Especially now that they are making it so easy for developers by using x86 architecture, it’s a huge move in the right direction and will only benifit gamers at the end of the day. I will say sadly alot of the newer features mentioned just may not be viable options in our country. For example Gaikai’s recommended bandwidth for streaming games was a 5Mb/s connection, and a minimum of 3Mb/s leaves a lot of SA gamers out in the cold. This is not a fail on Sony’s part, but rather a failure by our own government.

  • It’s annoying me that they won’t show us what the console looks like!

  • Richard Bergh

    lol AMD!

  • Are you mad… it started on PC and will die on PC… I can play my pc games from 1996 can you play your ps1 games on your ps3/4? or your ps3 games on your ps4 for that matter? (answer is no) 😀

  • only 10% of ps3 games will run due to it being EMULATED… and from what I know about emulators you try to fix one game and break another 10… meh #SonyFail

  • MAX

    You can play ps1 games on PS3

  • MAX

    Yes you can play old games on new PC but not new games on old PC, and a good gaming pc 20k You have to have TOP PC to play top games so that you don’t have to turn down your graphics.

  • MAX

    Backwards compatibility of games will be ensured by Gaikai providing cloud services to ensure the back catalogue of games is available for PS4 and beyond.

    PS3 games backwards compatibility doesn’t appear to be native though. This means users might have to re-purchase their old games.

  • True, but you have to buy them again… and I love how people assume I bought my PC for games.. I bought it for audio and image production it just happens to be powerful enough for games…..

  • True, but you have to buy them again… and I love how people assume I
    bought my PC for games.. I bought it for audio and image production it
    just happens to be powerful enough for games……

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