Sony PlayStation 4

Sony's PlayStation 4 was announced in February 2013 with some hardware specs but not much else. Fully unveiled at E3 2013, the PS4 is Sony's attempt at a gaming focused console, rather than one that tries to be a media center. Based on a "supercharged PC architecture," with an X86 processor, enhanced PC-style GPU, and 8GB of GDDR5 unified high-speed memory, the PS4 is slightly more powerful than the Xbox One, despite its smaller size.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 15, 2013
  • Price at launch: $399.00

What You Need To Know

  • Will cost $399 at launch
  • Won't have any restrictions on first-party used games, freely enabling trades and resales — but third party developers like EA or Activision can add DRM to limit that if they decide to
  • No backwards compatibility with PS3 games
  • Will support Gaikai cloud game streaming in 2014

Verge Review

Seven years is a technological eternity. Yet the PlayStation 3 has sold well for that long, ever since DJ Fatman Scoop and Ludacris hosted its blowout launch event in New York City in 2006. At launch, the PlayStation 3 was big, heavy, and expensive — it took nearly two revisions and almost a dozen SKUs of PS3 to get Sony to 2013. The console now starts under $200, the controller rumbles, Blu-ray is the dominant physical disc format, backwards compatibility is a moot point, and there's a large...

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Basic Specs

Audio / Video playback DVD, Blu-ray
Controller connection Wireless, Wired
External memory USB mass storage
Game media Disc

Tech Specs

Also Known As...
Alias PS4
Hardware
Width 12 inches
Depth 10.83 inches
Height 2.09 inches
Weight 6.17 pounds
Color Black
Performance
CPU brand AMD
CPU model Jaguar
CPU cores 8
GPU brand AMD
GPU model Radeon
RAM 8 GB
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
802.11n frequencies 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes
Audio / Video
Supported resolutions 1080p, 720p
Audio / Video playback DVD, Blu-ray
Ports
Audio / Video output Proprietary, HDMI, Digital optical
Controller connection Wireless, Wired
Wireless connection type Bluetooth
USB 2
Ethernet Yes
Storage
Internal storage 500 GB
User upgradeable Yes
External memory USB mass storage
Software
Game media Disc
Online multiplayer Yes
Online store Yes
Power
Power supply Integrated
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