Sony held a press conference earlier today, and after so much anxiety among the fans; PlayStation 4 has finally been announced and will be launched in November in North America. Sony didn’t end the conference with just this announcement, instead the company also revealed the new DUALSHOCK 4 controller, PS4 specifications and PS4 Eye Camera System.
Lets talk about the big news first, PlayStation 4 will be Sony’s latest next-gen console and will be based on PC hardware components. It means that Sony is targeting mainstream gaming PCs with its next-gen console but are the specifications of PS4 capable enough to beat the all time favorite gaming platform? Lets see. The next-gen console will be all about AMD, it will be powered by an AMD’s x86 8-core Jaguar APU clocked at 1.8 GHz, 8GB of GDDR5 Memory, Radeon HD Graphics with 18 compute units which are capable of delivering 1.84 Teraflops of single precision power, 1152 stream processors, memory clocked at 5.5 GHz effective dishing out a bandwidth of 176 GB/s and will be based on AMD’s GCN 2.0 architecture. The graphics capabilities of PS4 can be matched to already available Radeon HD 7850 with 1024 Stream Processors and 153.6 GB/s memory bandwidth. Obviously these specifications are not very exciting for any PC gaming enthusiast but are console lovers happy with these specs? I am not sure because a processor clocked at just 1.8 GHz and graphics power which will not give a solid 60 FPS in most games at 1080p resolution. Rest of the specifications include: Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, analog AV out, optical digital out, USB ports, Blu-Ray Drive and internal HDD.
Sony did announce the console but didn’t reveal it yet, but the company did showcase the new DUALSHOCK 4 controller which received major design changes. The button layout design is still the same as earlier DUALSHOCK controllers but the new controller just got bigger and looks like it will be more comfortable for the gamer. The new additions to the controller are: first of all it features a new more sensitive six-axis sensor along with a touchpad in the middle which was highly anticipated. A good feature on the controller is the share button on the top left, which allows the user to instantly share gameplay videos without going through some hefty options. On the front, there is a LED bar which lights up in different colors according to the character of the game you are playing. DUALSHOCK 4 comes with a built-in speaker and a headphone jack as well.
Lastly, Sony revealed PS4 Eye camera system, it features two cameras and is capable of depth perception and 85-degree views. The dual cameras are able to identify player’s position using the LED bar on the controller and move controllers are also compatible with PS4 Eye camera system.
Since the details have been covered lets talk about price, Sony didn’t give a hint of the price yet but its rumored that the PlayStation 4 will hit the shelves for $449-$500. That is a high price for a console if you ask me, but console lovers will dig up everything just to get their hands on the PS4 while PC gamers will spend a $100 more and get a better gaming PC for $600. But only time will reveal all secrets.
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