PlayStation 4: It’s All in the Details


Update: It has been confirmed by Sony, that the Hard Drive is upgradeable.

Last night Sony revealed the PlayStation 4 to the world, and shed some light on the services and features they will be offering alongside the new console. Today, we received a press release with even more detailed information including hardware and accessories specs and pricing. Additionally, there is clarification on how PS Plus will integrate with all Sony platforms. If you want to know just how powerful Sony’s next weapon in the console wars really is, you’re in luck because we have included all the juicy details straight from the source right here:

The design of PS4 made its public debut at the PlayStation® press conference on June 10, 2013, which kicked off the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.  PS4 will also be displayed this week at the Sony Computer Entertainment America booth at E3, one of the world’s largest video game exhibitions.

The internal design architecture of the PS4 system, from the optical drive and power supply unit to the cooling mechanism, has been pursed to keep the body as slim and light as possible to dramatically enhance the flexibility of the design.

The PS4 features a simple but modern design accentuated by its linear flat form factors.  The surface of the PS4 body is subdivided into four sections, as if four blocks are stacked together making one figure, with disc slot, buttons, power indicator and vent placed within the slim interspace created between the sections.  The power indicator designed atop the body will glow in a PlayStation blue color when the power button is turned on.  The foreside and backside of the body is slightly angled; it not only gives users easy access to the power button and disc slot when placed either horizontally or vertically but also helps conceal the connected cables.  The black-themed color along with the matte and gloss finish adds a sophisticated look to the PS4 system as the next generation entertainment system and will fit perfectly wherever it is placed.

PS4 peripherals include the stand-alone Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 (DUALSHOCK®4) and PlayStation®Camera, which will be available at launch for RRP of US$ 59, Canada$ 59, € 59 and £ 54, and US$ 59, Canada$ 59, € 49 and £ 44 respectively.  Both accessories will come in “Jet Black” color.

The upcoming software lineup for PS4 from software developers and publishers will include Destiny™ from Bungie, Inc., in partnership with Activision Publishers, Inc., Diablo® III from Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., KINGDOM HEARTS III and FINAL FANTASY® XV from SQUARE ENIX, Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag™ and Watch_Dogs™ from Ubisoft Entertainment, NBA® 2K14 from 2K Sports, The Elder Scrolls® Online from Bethesda Games Studios and Mad Max ™ from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, totaling more than 110 titles. PS4 has earned great support from a wide variety of game publishers, including many indie developers. Since February 2013, the number of developers joining has increased from 126 to 505.

Furthermore, from SCE Worldwide Studios, more than 30 titles, including 12 brand new IP, are under development, including Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, inFAMOUS: Second Son, #DRIVECLUB and The Order: 1886.*1 Out of over the 30 titles under development, 20 titles will be available within a year from the PS4 launch.

SCE will vigorously promote PS4 towards the launch as the next generation computer entertainment platform through further introduction of peripherals and attractive software lineup.

*1 Game titles are original titles and some title names are tentative. Titles may differ by countries and regions.

<PlayStation®4 >

Product name PlayStation®4 Jet Black
Product code CUH-1000A series
Recommended retail price  US$ 399, Canada$ 399, € 399, and £ 349
Main processor Single-chip custom processorCPU :  x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”,  8 coresGPU : 1.84 TFLOPS,  AMD next-generation Radeon™ based graphics engine
Memory GDDR5 8GB
Storage size 500GB Hard disk drive*1
External dimensions Approx.  275×53×305 mm (width × height × length)(tentative, excludes largest projection)
Mass Approx. 2.8 kg
BD/ DVD drive(read only) BD × 6 CAVDVD × 8 CAV
Input/ Output Super-Speed USBx (USB 3.0) port × 2AUX port × 1
Networking Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) ×1IEEE 802.11 b/g/nBluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)
AV output HDMI out portDIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port
Included PlayStation®4 system × 1Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®4) × 1Mono headset × 1AC power cord × 1HDMI cable × 1USB cable × 1

*1 The hard disk drive contains space that is available for users and space that is reserved for the system, therefore the actual space that is free for users is smaller than the total space stated in this document.

* Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

<Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 (DUALSHOCK®4)>

Product name DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller
Color Jet Black
Product code CUH-ZCT1
Recommended retail price  US$ 59, Canada$ 59, € 59, and £ 54
External dimensions Approx. 162mm × 52mm × 98mm (width × height × depth)
(tentative, excludes largest projection)
Weight Approx. 210g (tentative)
Keys / switches PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button,
Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right),
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square),
R1/L1/R2/L2 button, Left stick / L3 button, Right stick / R3 button, Pad Button
Touch pad 2 Point Touch Pad, Click Mechanism, Capacitive Type
Motion sensor Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
Other features Light Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker
Ports USB (Micro B), Extention Port, Stereo Headset Jack
Wireless communication Bluetooth® Ver2.1+EDR
Battery Type Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery
Voltage DC3.7V (tentative)
Capacity 1000mAh (tentative)

* Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

< PlayStation®Camera >

Product name PlayStation®Camera
Color Jet Black
Product code CUH-ZEY1
Recommended retail price  US$ 59, Canada$ 59, € 49, and £ 44
External dimension Approx. 186mm × 27mm × 27mm (width × height × depth)
Weight Approx. 183g (tentative)
Video pixel (Maximum) 1280 × 800 pixel × 2
Video frame rate 1280×800 pixel @ 60fps
640×400 pixel @ 120fps
320×192 pixel @ 240fps
Video format RAW, YUV (uncompressed)
Lens Dual Lenses, F value/F2.0 fixed focus
Capture range 30cm~∞
Field-of-view 85°
Microphone 4 Channel Microphone Array
Connection type PS4 dedicated connector (AUX connector)
Cable length Approx. 2m (tentative)

* Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

The PS Plus service first launched for the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) system in 2010 and for the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) system in 2012.  Since then, PS Plus has gained great support from members all around the world, and the number of subscribers has continued to steadily increase since the launch of service.  PS Plus offers various services such as exclusive game discounts, cloud game saves and “Instant Game Collection” by which members are able to play the full version of popular titles from third party developers and publishers as well as from SCE Worldwide Studios, with no limit of time at no extra cost.

To accelerate the enhancement of PS Plus, available concurrently with the launch of PS4™, SCE will offer the #DRIVECLUB PS Plus Edition to PS Plus members which delivers all the authenticity and immersion users would expect from the full #DRIVECLUB experience. Users can drive the world’s most beautifully designed cars from different classes across a range of the most richly detailed real-world locations, alongside your teammates in Clubs where experience and rewards are shared.  More and more attractive software titles will be added to “Instant Game Collection”.

Other main features PS Plus members can enjoy on PS4™ include;

  • Online Multi Player

Users will have access to online play with other players via the network.  Online Multi Play mode for PS4™, with its socially integrated services, offers unique features only available on the system such as allowing users to seamlessly start playing game and join their online friends while spectating gameplay or enjoying cross game voice chat.

  • Automatic Patch Download

“Automatic patch download” feature will be further enhanced for the PS4™ system.  The system will check for any game updates more frequently and will also automatically install the updates.  With this feature, games will always be up-to-date, allowing users to play games immediately whenever they wish to play.

  • Cross-Platform PS Plus membership

One PS Plus membership accounts for PS4™, PS3, and PS Vita.  PS Plus service is cross-platform and is available on most PlayStation platforms; PS3® and PS Vita users with existing PS Plus memberships will be able to access the PS Plus service on PS4™ and those newly joined members for PS4™ will be able to enjoy PS Plus service on PS3® and PS Vita.

SCE will continue to focus on further enhancing the PS Plus service. As part of this initiative, SCE will add new subscription options for 90 days in Japan (1,300 yen) and 30 days in North America and Europe ($9.99 / €6.99).

Along with exclusive game content and services, PS Plus will offer members a variety of privileges and discounts.  With the collaboration of Sony Network Entertainment International, starting today and for a limited time*1, PS Plus members in 16 countries*2 can subscribe to a one year Premium subscription of Music Unlimited*3 for only $41.99 (€41.99)  –  65 percent off of the regular 12 month rate.  Also, for limited time*1, consumers who do not have a PS Plus membership can take advantage of a discounted Music Unlimited service annual Premium subscription plan for $59.99 (€59.99) *4.  PS4™ at launch will not only support Music Unlimited but also Video Unlimited*5.

Furthermore, in terms of social integration, PS4™ will support variety of major SNS, including Facebook, Ustream, and Twitter, allowing users to easily communicate and share game play with their online friends.  PS4™ will be the ultimate entertainment platform, delivering rich gaming and unrivalled entertainment experience.

Additionally, as of today, SCE will modify the PlayStation Network service name to a more simple and friendly name “PSNSM,” and will introduce a new logo for “PSNSM” and PS Plus.

SCE will continuously enrich services and the feature of “PSNSM“, while striving to offer more stable and robust gaming environment to further expand PlayStation platform.

PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS3 are registered trademarks and PS4 and are a trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

SOURCE Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Very exciting stuff, stay tuned to Fate of the Game for more news as it comes.

Dalton Miller
Dalton Miller

@TalesofDalton Analyst, Writer, Technologist, Futurist, e-cigarette aficionado, drinker of TAB cola, I'm ready for the dystopia, are you?

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