[UPDATE] PS4 Revealed: Features, Specs & Game Details

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The Tech:

First, Sony boasted that they’ve crafted a system “by developers, for developers” and that it’s “like a PC, but supercharged,” revealing that the system has 8GB of high speed unified memory and built-in video capture. The game will also allow players to play a game in real time as its being downloaded. As expected, with Sony’s purchase last year of Gakai, the new system will also have serious cloud-gaming functionality. As described by Gakai CEO Dave Perry, among those features is the ability to know immediately if a friend buys a new game, as well as play-testing a title. “Interested in a game?”, Perry said. “You can start playing it by hitting the X button. With Gaikai in the store, you can experience anything you want.”

The system will not be backwards compatible as previously rumored. Instead, Perry suggested that they are exploring the possibility of using Gaikai to make everything all the way back to the original Playstation available for streaming. It appears downloading of older titles won’t be an option, at least based on the presentation, a sure disappointment for fans who want to play the original Ratchet and Clank without using up their monthly bandwidth allotment. It remains to be seen if US internet service providers would be able or even willing to meet such demand without leeching customers to the point that it becomes untenable, but here at Game Front we half-expect to see ISPs offering gamer-friendly packages to take advantage. Whether or not it causes severe wallet pain, it’s an impressive idea – assuming it comes to pass.

Playstation 4 will be cross-platform functional with Vita, smartphones, and tablets. It will allow remote play from the TV to the PS Vita with remote play built into the architecture. Utilizing Gaikai integrated technology, you can turn the PS4 into a game server and your PS Vita into a client.

The system will also be a robust home entertainment option, featuring access to Hulu, epix, Netflix, Facebook, MLB, Crackle, NHL Network, Music Unnlimited, and Amazon Instant video.

The Controller

It also boasts a new dual shock with a touchpad, a share button, and a light bar as a “simpler, more friendly way to identify players. It seems similar, based on the demonstration, to built-in Kinect functionality.

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14 Comments on [UPDATE] PS4 Revealed: Features, Specs & Game Details


On February 20, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I had hopes of seeing a console with more horsepower but this thing is a looking like a disappointment.

I’m hearing its a 1.6GHz clock rate on the 8-core CPU…. that’s like 10 times slower then a mid-grade i5 CPU…lol I’m guessing a lot of the processing will be offloaded to the GPU … an ATI 7850 on the same die. But this rules out very CPU intensive games like Planetside 2 from coming to PS4.

I’d still like to know if it has displayport and the max resolution, and whether it uses a platter or solid state drive. If its stilll 1080p max, even with an SSD (which I doubt), this thing has the horsepower of the mediocre PC of three years ago.


On February 20, 2013 at 5:07 pm

If it doesn’t eliminate load screens I’m not buying it.


On February 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm

When they saw it was all turning cloud-based and foggy… there were many that jumped into the boat and many that jumped out. But they were all caught in a digital-storm in the middle of a deep blue ‘open ocean’. And those who thought their boat was safer, were first to drown.


On February 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Rumor has it that the Watch Dogs demo was running on PC (one with similar specs/power to the PS4)


On February 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I will wait for more information. And to see the actual device! ha!


On February 20, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Its about time. The current crop of consoles is holding graphics progression hostage far to long. Looks like to be a custom APU with 7800 series graphics power. There pushing streaming big time i see with Gaikai. I wonder if achievements you earned with a the ps3 will rollover to the ps4. Another nothing was mentioned of blocking used games.
The biggest surprise: Blizzard and Sony are entering into a partnership “to take over the world.” Lol with D3 in there wet dreams.


On February 20, 2013 at 11:37 pm

wow what a glorified tease. No hardware presented at all showing real games. No release date or price. Just a gathering to watch tech demos and blow hot air.

Jared Andrews

On February 21, 2013 at 4:52 am

I dunno. I’m not excited with the PS4 console.. and besides there are still lots of PS3 is still kinda new. Would that be bad for business?


On February 22, 2013 at 7:38 am

PC gamers should all be rejoicing at this. It’s finally lifting up the low bar, and we’ll all see better games for it. Sure this thing isn’t the powerhouse current gen PC’s are, but developers stopped developing for current gen many years ago. Even the few developers that develop AAA PC exclusives are still looking at the last two years of hardware as their baseline.

So fret not fellow PC gamers, this is actually good news for us all.


On February 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm

And you really think peoples care for that Derek? They will buy this console no matter what if the games are really appealing. Beside PC is BEEP.


On February 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Once again it’s Hellgrazer to the stupid statement of the year remark. Sounds like our winner is a little short on words. Here, let me help you with that. The words you were looking for are something like awesome, never ending, superior, the bomb, the alpha and omega, All those fit, but this one probably is easiest for someone like you to understand. The best.
Good luck with you English lessons in the future. Kids take note. This is what you will turn into if you don’t do your homework. Oh yes, and don’t do drugs. See what they’ve done to him. (not pretty).

Tiagonal, chamán de la lluvia

On February 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

So, I’ve heard OnLive’s got custom neural hardware for video streaming needing only 2Mb for acceptable stream… unlike GaiKai that still needs at least 10Mb for streaming since it’s all software.

And here’s another… Just speculation… GaiKai partnered with Sony to sell the PS4, (duh!)… but… they’ll use all PS4s sold as hardware to upkeep the cloud instead of their own datacenters… using a little space of everyone’s hardware power and connection to cheaply upkeep it all. Haven’t you all heard of project folding@home before? …Now that’s really bond-evil don’t you think? The conspiracy gets worse… but I’ll reveal more if certain events unfold as I foresee.

I’ll keep channeling prophecies in the forest.


On February 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm

So far I am totally unimpressed with both “nextgen” consoles.
I have been a HUGE console gamer but I think I may stick with my 360 and PS3 and PC.


On May 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm

The only thing I heard during that presentation that got me excited was the dev frienly part.
That won PS2 its gen, I’m waiting to see if it will get PS4 its.