Massive PS4 FAQ Answers All Your Questions

PlayStation 4’s North American launch on November 15th is rapidly approaching, and in preparation, the official PlayStation blog posted the “ultimate” PS4 FAQ — and it is a beast. You can read through this nearly 9000-word monster yourself, but we’ve distilled it into a list a tenth the size.

Here’s the skinny:

  • The PS4 will retail for $399.99 in North America.
  • The PS4 comes with a 500GB hard drive, a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller, a micro-USB cable for charging the DUALSHOCK 4 controller, a Mono-headset for voice chat, a power cable (1.5m), and an HDMI cable (2.0m).
  • PlayStation Camera and additional DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controllers will retail for $59.99 each.
  • You will be able to replace the PS4’s hard drive.
  • You will not be able to connect an external hard drive to the PS4.
  • The PS4 is capable of 10x the processing power of the PS3. Specs: 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, an eight core X86 CPU, and a powerful graphics processor allowing for up to 1080p and 60 FPS.
  • PS4 does not currently support 4K output for games.
  • PS4 supports 3D gameplay at launch, but no launch titles are currently 3D compatible.
  • All PS4 Blu-ray Disc games must be cached to the hard drive. However, certain titles may not require you to wait for the game data to be fully cached before starting gameplay. In order to start playing disc-based games, users will need to insert the game disc into PS4 just like on the PS3.
  • You can watch Blu-ray and DVD movies on PS4, but you will need to download and install PS4’s day-one system software update 1.50, and then activate the video capability with a one-time activation through the internet. Alternatively, you can contact SCEA Consumer Services at (800) 345-7669 to request a Blu-ray activation disc that will be distributed via mail.
  • The PS4 does not support audio CDs or MP3s.
  • The PS4 will require a system software update (version 1.50) at launch. After you connect to the internet, the PS4 will automatically start downloading v1.50 in the background.
  • The PS4 supports up to 2,000 online friends, an expansion of the 100 friends limit for the PS3.
  • PS4 sub-accounts function exactly the way they do on PS3.
  • Compared to PS3, you’ll have much more control over displayed notifications, including messages, friend requests, Trophies, download status and more.
  • The PS4 system does not support client functionality for media servers to stream videos or movies from a home PC.
  • The following PS4 titles are currently scheduled for release on or by November 15th, 2013:
    • Flower
    • Killzone Shadow Fall
    • Knack
    • Resogun
    • Sound Shapes
    • Angry Birds Star Wars
    • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
    • Call of Duty Ghosts
    • FIFA 14
    • Battlefield 4
    • Just Dance 2014
    • Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
    • Lego Marvel Super Heroes
    • Madden NFL 25
    • NBA 2K14
    • Skylanders SWAP Force
    • Contrast
    • Pinball Arcade
    • Super Motherload
    • Tiny Brains
    • Warframe
  • The PS4 does not feature backward compatibility for PS3, PS2, or PSone games.
  • For a limited time and with a $9.99 upgrade fee, you can digitally “upgrade” your purchase of three PS3 games: Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, and Battlefield 4 to its full PS4 version.
  • Cross-platform functionality between the PS3 and PS4 is technically possible and some developers may choose to support it for their titles.
  • Similar to the PS3, the PS4 will not restrict players from playing disc-based used games. When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they have the right to use that copy of the game, so they can trade-in the game at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to a friend, or keep it forever. Furthermore, users will not have to go through activation steps or be charged usage fees when playing used disc-based games on their PS4 system.
  • Titles developed by SCE will not use an Online Pass program. Most third parties have phased out the use of Online Pass systems, so they’re unlikely to appear on PS4.
  • The PS4 does not require a persistent internet connection to play games, so users can play single-player titles offline at any time. For titles with online multiplayer functionality, an internet connection and a PlayStation Plus membership will be required to play online.
  • Besides system software update 1.50 and a one-time activation for playing Blu-ray Disc and DVD movies, the PS4 does not require an online connection for authentication purposes or to play disc-based games.
  • You can log into your SEN account on any internet-connected PS4 system and access your PS4’s digital content, friends list, and trophies. Outside of your “Primary” console, you can only log on to one other console at a time.
  • As on PS3, PS4 users can switch between multiple SEN accounts on one PS4 system.
  • A maximum of four users can be simultaneously logged into one PS4 system.
  • You can connect a DUALSHOCK 4 controller to your PC using USB.
  • The PS4 does not support the DUALSHOCK 3 controller.
  • The PS4 supports voice commands.
  • Remote Play will enable users to stream their PS4 gameplay to their PS Vita system via WiFi.
  • As with PS3, supported titles will allow PS4 and PS Vita users to play together in the same game via online multiplayer.
  • Certain titles built on a free-to-play model will not require PlayStation Plus for multiplayer functionality. This list currently includes Blacklight Retribution, DC Universe Online, and War Frame in North America.
  • If you don’t have a PS Plus membership, you can still access online multiplayer modes if you log into a PS4 which is set as “Primary” by a PS Plus member. Additionally, on the same PS4 system, any games or content purchased by one user are available to other users who play on that console.
  • One PS Plus membership will grant benefits for your PS4, PS3 and PS Vita.

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2 Comments on Massive PS4 FAQ Answers All Your Questions


On October 30, 2013 at 8:02 pm

No external hard drive (or flash drive) for saves means no expandable storage for PS4. Not a huge problem as 500gb is a bit more to work with than a 12gb PS3. Although personally I would rather have options. Currently, I own one of the original white Xbox 360s (yes the red ring of death prone model, but so far I’ve have no problems ) and the harddrive is pretty much full w/ all my games and such. Thus having usb ports is rather nice to just plug in a 4gb flash drive and call it good instead of having to drop on a bigger hard drive that I may not want.


On October 31, 2013 at 11:31 am

Seeing this makes me rather glad that I traded away a 360 for a PS4 upgrade.

So much of this caught me off guard in a good way that I’m now excited for Nov. 15 for more than being able to play Assassin’s Creed IV on a next gen console.

As an aside War Frame was begging for a controller based console launch; seriously holding four separate keys to wall-run is ridiculous.