Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) Technical Details
The Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One are the main contenders within the next generation games console battle. With both machines due to launch at the end of 2013, Sony has recently unveiled the full technical specifications of their latest console. Within this first of a two-part series we please take a comprehensive look at the PS4's technical details. Walkthrough
Processor (Main and Graphics)
At the heart of any console will be the processor. The PS4 will use a unit manufactured by AMD that is based on a not-yet-released PC product, codenamed Jaguar. The CPU (short for central processing unit) will feature eight low-power cores and will work in conjunction with the Radeon based graphics processing unit, or GPU. The GPU features 18 computing units, each running at 800MHz which, together with the CPU, provides the PS4 with 1.84 TFLOPS of computing power.
RAM (Ramdom Access Memory)
One of many standout numbers about the PlayStation 4's specification sheet is its 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. This high-end memory is pricey and is rarely found in this quantity, even during high end PC graphics cards that on their own can cost as much as the PS4 will probably cost. This makes it all the more impressive that it is in the PS4. The inclusion of the level of RAM as standard may well future proof the console to some extent.
It remains to be seen what amount of the RAM is required with the PS4 operating system. Based on example of current generation consoles and high end gaming PC's, we may expect a maximum of 1GB being required for this purpose, thus leaving a considerable amount free for PS4 games duties.
Internal storage will come in the form of a 500GB 2.5-inch SATA conventional mechanical hard drive, quite an increase from those of the PlayStation 3 which only stood a 20GB hard drive on launch. It ought to be said though how the PS3 has gone through several versions mainly because it was first introduced in the year 2006 and the latest super slim models come which hard disk drives ranging from 250GB to 500GB.
A vital point for the PS4 would be that the hard drive is user removable and upgradeable, thus allowing larger capacity mechanical computer drives to be installed. The current largest 2.5" hard disk available is 2TB or 2000GB (4x the size of the standard drive) so assuming the main system of the console allows it, the storage capacity with the system can be greatly expanded. Addititionally there is the possibility of installing an SSD or solid state drive inside the PS4. Whilst capacities are lower than standard hard drives, access files transfer speeds tend to be faster.
The Sony PS4 make use of an integrated 6x CAV Blu-ray drive using a maximum read speed of 27 MB/s. This compares favourably with all the PS3's 2x speed Blu-ray unit that's capped at just 9MB/s. Let out of the PS3's throughput restrictions, the PS4 will be noticeably faster at disc to hard disk data transfer and will make initial game setup much quicker, even taking into account the expected larger files sizes with the new generation games.
The drive will read and play Blu-ray discs, DVD's and CD's, eventhough it is unlikely to be capable of reading the newest quad-layer 100 GB capacity Blu-ray discs that can support 4k resolutions. This really is unlikely to be an issue as it is doubtful that this PS4 will support 4k output.
This concludes the first part of our look at the PS4's technical specification. Within the second part we cope with the video and sound output, connectivity, the newest DualShock 4 controller along with the accessories available for generation x console. Walkthrough