Published on March 5th, 2013 | by Kirit Thadaka0
Sony has officially announced the PlayStation4 which is now the second 8th generation gaming console to be launched, the first being the Wii U. With the PS4 Sony has shown a shift in its focus towards games and gamers, unlike Microsoft’s multimedia focus with the Xbox. Sony has jam packed the PS4 with state of the art hardware.
The PS4 sports 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, what Sony called an 8-core CPU, and dedicated compression/decompression hardware. It will be based on the x86 architecture. Sony even added a specific upgrade path from the PC to the PS4 for developers. AMD in coordination with Sony developed a semi-custom accelerated processing unit (APU). This APU will combine a CPU and GPU along with some other components like a memory controller and a video decoder. The CPU consists of eight x86-64 cores based on the upcoming Jaguar CPU architecture from AMD. These hardware improvements make things easier for game developers. This computing power can be used for graphics, physics simulation, or a combination of the two. The console also includes a secondary custom chip which handles tasks associated with downloading, uploading, and social game play. These tasks can be handled in the background during gameplay or while in sleep mode. The PS4 will contain 8 GB of GDDR5 unified system memory this is 16 times the amount found in the PS3, and is expected to give the console considerable longevity.
Apart from the internal hardware, Sony has made some improvements on the controller too. Retaining the age old design, Sony has incorporated a built-in two-point capacitative touch pad on the front of the controller. The controller can support motion detection with a gyroscope and accelerometer. The controller will also feature a light bar that can display different colors. The colors will help identify players and alert them with critical messages such as low health. It also has a camera attachment that perceives movement and depth by using the controller’s light bar. It is based on the existing technology used in the PlayStation Move. Existing PlayStation Move controllers will be supported on the PS4. The new PS4 controller removes the need for the PlayStation Move.
Sony is planning to make all PS4 games available for the PSVita and with this they hope to enable the PS4 to act as a server and the PSVita a streaming client so that you can use it as a tablet like controller.
Sony hasn’t forgotten the social aspect to the gaming world and they’ve even included a ‘Share’ button on the controller.
Expected to be available in stores later this year, the PS4 looks to be a good buy. And if it isn’t priced to heavily it should be a hit in the market. So all you gamers sit tight, the PS4 is coming.