Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) Technical Details
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In the next-generation gaming console rivalry, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One are the front-runners. Sony has released the entire technical specifications for their newest platform, which will be released in late 2013. We take a close look at the PS4’s technical specs in this first of a two-part article.
Processor (Main and Graphics)
The processor is the brains of any console. The PS4 will be powered by an AMD processor that is based on a yet-to-be-released PC product codenamed Jaguar. The CPU (central processing unit) will have eight low-power cores and will work with a Radeon-based graphics processing unit, or GPU. The GPU has 18 computational units, each operating at 800MHz, giving the PS4 1.84 TFLOPS of processing capability when paired with the CPU.
RAM (Ramdom Access Memory)
The PlayStation 4’s 8GB of GDDR5 RAM is one of the console’s most notable features. Even with high-end PC graphics cards, which may cost as much as the PS4 is projected to cost, this high-end RAM is pricey and is rarely utilized in this amount. This makes the fact that it is included with the PS4 all the more astounding. The console’s use of this quantity of RAM as standard is expected to future-proof it to some degree.
The amount of RAM required by the PS4 operating system has yet to be determined. Based on our experience with current-generation consoles and high-end gaming PCs, we estimate that a maximum of 1GB will be required for this purpose, leaving plenty of room for PS4 game play.
Internal storage is provided by a 500GB 2.5-inch SATA traditional mechanical hard drive, a significant upgrade from the PlayStation 3’s 20GB hard drive at launch. It should be noted, however, that the PS3 has undergone multiple revisions since its initial release in 2006, with the most recent ultra thin variants including hard drives ranging from 250GB to 500GB.
The PS4’s hard drive is user replaceable and upgradeable, allowing for the installation of bigger capacity mechanical hard drives. The biggest 2.5″ hard drive now available is 2TB or 2000GB (four times the size of the regular drive), therefore providing the console’s operating system supports it, the system’s storage capacity may be considerably increased. It’s also possible to upgrade the PS4’s hard drive to a solid state drive (SSD). Despite having lesser capacity than typical hard disks, access and data transfer rates are significantly quicker.
A 6x CAV Blu-ray drive with a maximum read speed of 27 MB/s will be included inside the Sony PS4. This compares well to the PS3’s 2x Blu-ray player, which was limited to 9MB/s. The PS4 will be substantially faster at disc to hard drive data transfer and initial game setup, even taking into consideration the predicted greater file sizes of the new generation titles, since that it is free of the PS3’s throughput constraints.
The drive can read and play Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs, but it is unlikely to be able to read the new quad-layer 100 GB capacity Blu-ray discs that enable 4k HD. This is unlikely to be an issue because the PS4 is unlikely to handle 4k output.
The first phase of our examination of the PS4’s technical specifications is now complete. The second section covers visual and sound output, connection, the new DualShock 4 controller, and the next-generation console’s accessories.
ContentsProcessor (Main and Graphics)RAM (Ramdom Access Memory)Internal StorageOptical Drive In the next-generation gaming console rivalry, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One are the front-runners. Sony has released the entire technical specifications for their newest platform, which will be released in late 2013. We take a close look at the PS4’s technical specs in this…
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