Everything There Is To Know About The PS4

Whew, alright.  Now that the dust has settled from the madness of E3, we can look on the facts with some objectivity.  Unless you’re a fanboy, of course, in which case your console of choice sucks and everybody said I should get the other one.  This year’s E3 gave us a great look at the games that will define the industry over the next few years, a great view into how the various companies plan on embracing next-gen and (almost) all the info on the new consoles that you could ask for.  We’ll get to the Xbox One and Wii U soon enough, but we’re going to start with the one that blew us away the most:  the PS4.  Here is everything we know about Sony’s new toy.

The Specs:

  • CPU: single-chip custom processor, x86-64 AMD “Jaguar,” 8 cores
  • GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon-based graphics engine
  • 8GB GDDR5 unified RAM
  • Built-in hard disk drive (500 GB, upgradeable)
  • 6X Blu-Ray Drive, 8X DVD
  • USB 3 and Auxiliary ports
  • Gigabit Ethernet port,  802.11 B/G/N built-in WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1
  • HDMI and digital optical outputs
No, it isn't a really high-tech stapler/hole=punch, but those features haven't been not confirmed.

No, it isn’t a really high-tech stapler/hole=punch, but those features haven’t been not confirmed.

In addition to the impressive processing power of the PS4 (it’s not going to match the highest-end PCs, but come on), we know what the box and controller are going to look like, and we have an idea about some of the peripherals.  The system itself will ship at $399, complete with the box, one controller, and presumably the necessary cords.  The PlayStation Eye camera, which non-optional if you want to enjoy the Move motion controls, will cost you an extra $59, as will an extra DualShock 4 controller.  Compared to the PS3, this is quite an upgrade.

The Low-Down:

There have been tons of details about policies, commitments and strategies, and even more analysis of such.  In case you were wondering what all the blather was about, here is a list of what we know about how Sony will handle their new console.

  • No online checks- The PS4 will not require you to authenticate either your games or your console via online checks.  Besides missing out on services that innately require the Internet (online gaming, Netflix, chat, etc.) you will for no reason be required to connect.
  • Games will retail somewhere between $0.99 and $60, although this is obviously not set in stone.
  • The PS4 will support free-to-play content.  DC Universe Online and Planetside 2 have already been announced as free-to-play digital downloads.
  • PS3 games and saves are not compatible on the PS3, but Sony hopes to use their Gaikai streaming service to make old games available on the cloud.  The Dual Shock 3 controller will also not work on the PS4.
  • The PS4 is region free.  Hooray, imports!
  • The PS4 comes bundled with a headset.  This sucks if you are a fan of really long and awkward silences, but the general consensus is that this is a good thing.
  • The PS4 will release sometime this holiday season, most likely late November.
  • PlayStation Plus is still available, and you will need to have it to take part in online gaming.  Apps such as Netflix remain free with a subscription, however.  PlayStation Plus members will still receive free games, with Drive Club coming first for PS4.
  • No DRMs- If you want to play, sell or use your game as a coaster, go for it.  I just had a spirted game of ultimate frisbee with my own copy of Aliens: Colonial Marines.  Much more enjoyable that way.

(Head to the next page to hear all about the games coming on the PS4)