PS4 Revealed: Specs and Details from E3

By Phill Powell

It’s Day Two of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game industry tradeshow being held this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Today E3 is dominated by one story — Sony’s unveiling of the PlayStation® 4.

PlayStation-4The PS4 “PlayGo” feature lets you play games while they’re still downloading. The PS4 also lets you play used games without paying a fee or being connected to the Internet.

Promising “unparalleled content, immersive gaming experiences, [and] all of your favorite digital entertainment apps,” Sony called the PS4 “the best place to play with dynamic, connected gaming, powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization, deeply integrated social capabilities and innovative second-screen…”

But the gamers in the audience applauded features like not having to require the PS4 to be connected to the internet once every 24 hours to play games…Like the Xbox One. Or play used games on the PS4 without paying a fee…Like the Xbox One. Sony really hammered Microsoft on these features and even took the Twitter-sphere to answer gamers questions about the console.

Sony-Answers-Twitter-Questions

The PlayStation 4 has quickly become the game system that gamers want to carry them into the next generation of home video game machines:

System Profile: Sony PlayStation® 4

  • Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Price: $399
  • Game Prices: Experts predict $60 and under.
  • Release Date: Fall 2013
  • Processor: A custom chip with eight x86-64 cores and 1.84 TFLOPS graphics processor with 8 GB of GDDR5 unified system memory.
  • Controller: DualShock®4 wireless controller with six-axis sensor and a touch pad that’s located on top of the controller. Equipped with SHARE button that enables quick video streaming and sharing. Now others can marvel at how well you play—in real time! (DualShock®4 controller retails at $59.)
  • Optic Drive: Blue-ray disc drive
  • Storage: Hard drive with 500GB
  • Game Availability: Region Free! Play games from around the world!
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n wireless network connectivity with Ethernet, Bluetooth and twin USB ports.
  • Camera: A newly redesigned PlayStation Eye, that includes a pair of 1280×800-pixel cameras.
  • New Club: PlayStation®Plus is Sony’s new membership service for PS4™ gamers. With it, gamers can get access to lots of cool new games, as well as blockbuster hits like Killzone™ Shadow Fall, Watch Dogs™ and Destiny™. All PlayStation 4 titles will be available for online download.

 

PlayStation-4-Killzone-game-detailKillzone: Shadow Fall, developed by Guerilla Games and published by Sony, is a flagship title for the new PS4. The machine arrives Fall 2013.

The Big Showdown: PS4 vs. Xbox One
The industry (and gamers alike) have their eyes on Sony and Microsoft (as Nintendo’s Wii U has failed to impress gamers). The question now on everyones mind is: Is the PlayStation 4 a better console than Xbox One?

PS4 vs. XBOX ONE
PS4 XBOX ONE Winner
PRICE $399.99 $499.99 PS4
CPU Single-chip x86 AMD “Jaguar” Processor (8 cores) 8-core Microsoft Custom CPU DRAW
STORAGE 500GB Hard Drive 500GB Hard Drive DRAW
EXTERNAL STORAGE TBA Yes XBOX ONE
CLOUD STORAGE Yes Yes DRAW
OPTICAL DRIVE Blu-Ray/DVD Blue-Ray/DVD DRAW
RAM 8 GB GDDRS 8 GB DDR3 DRAW
MANDATORY GAME INSTALLS No Yes PS4
LIVE STREAMING Yes Yes DRAW
BLUETOOTH Bluetooth 2.1 No PS4
CROSS GAME CHAT Yes Yes DRAW
VOICE COMMANDS TBA Yes XBOX ONE
REQUIRED INTERNET CONNECTION No Yes PS4

PlayStation-4-DualShock-controllerMore ergonomic, the DualShock®4 wireless controller even features a touch pad on top of the controller.

Gaming for Billions
If you want to make video games instead of just play them, you should know the video game industry is a $17 billion business. The latest generation of consoles is expected to bring the industry (believe it or not) out of a slump.