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The hardware specification of PlayStation 4 has been announced, with the biggest surprise being the inclusion of 8GB GDDR5 memory.

Sony says the next generation console has been designed from the ground up to "ensure that the very best games and the most immersive experiences reach PlayStation gamers".

The platform holder emphasised that PS4 offers high performance and ease of development, with the system centred around a custom chip that contains eight x86-64 cores and a state of the art graphics processor.

The GPU contains a unified array of 18 compute units, which collectively generate 1.84 Teraflops of processing power that can freely be applied to graphics, simulation tasks, or some mixture of the two. The 8GB or GDDR5 memory gives the system 176 GB/second of bandwidth and promises a further boost to graphics performance.

A built-in hard disk drive is also confirmed, but Sony has offered no further information on this.

Specification:

Main Processor
Single-chip custom processor
CPU : x86-64 AMD "Jaguar", 8 cores
GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine

Memory
GDDR5 8GB

Hard Disk Drive
Built-in

Optical Drive
BD 6xCAV
DVD 8xCAV

I/O
Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0), AUX

Communication
Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)

AV output
HDMI
Analog-AV out
Digital Output (optical)

Source: Press release

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s_h_a_d_o's Avatar

s_h_a_d_o

"A built-in hard disk drive is also confirmed..."
I hope like hell that it retains the non-proprietary, upgradeable component, although "built-in" sounds a little ominous.
Posted 22:03 on 21 February 2013
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Neon-Soldier32

This is certainly impressive so far. Exactly what I wanted, especially on the software from. An impressive amount of RAM make the future look bright.

A shame about the lack of direct backwards compatibility with the PS3, although I guess we can look forward to Gaikai selling us back the disc PS3 games we already own.

If this releases at £350 or under then I think that it will be a very good launch for the console. Especially is Killzone, inFamous and Watchdogs are available at launch.

The next thing I want to know is pricing. Not of the console, but of the games and controller - ShopTo have listed the games at a £60 RRP with them selling the games for £49. I really hope the price isn't jacked up any further. £40 is more than enough for a game.

I'd like to know more on the specs for example, whether it's 4K or not and so on. But so far it's pretty impressive.

Also, I don't think the hard drive specs are too important. I imagine that 320GB will be the minimum but there may be high capacity models too. No reason why Sony couldn't use a 3.5 HDD this time round - much cheaper and higher capacities.

I imagine that Microsoft's will be heavily focused on undercutting the PS4 on a prize perspective as well as Call of Duty orientated.
Posted 16:36 on 21 February 2013
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BC_Animus@ pblive

Not even for PS3 titles? Ouchies.
Posted 15:14 on 21 February 2013
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pblive@ BC_Animus

Streaming only. There is no hardware or software emultation planned.
Posted 12:40 on 21 February 2013
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BC_Animus

I slept through the conference, but based on the site's info I'm sure I'll be there on day one regardless.

I'm guessing though PS1/PS2/PS3 support only meant specially formatted downloaded titles, or via streaming? Ah well, my PS1/PS2 collection were stolen a few years back so it's not big loss, but I do hope it offers native emulation, though whether thats possible with the new chip I don't know.
Posted 12:23 on 21 February 2013
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Wido

Definitely will be getting a PS4, no shadow of a doubt. The conference sold it to me.
Posted 11:20 on 21 February 2013
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rbevanx

Yeah the RAM is really impressive tech wise and a CPU just for downloads. Very good additions :)

@karlius
I bet you still won't get one :p

Edited: Sorry half asleep!
Posted 10:59 on 21 February 2013
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tvr77

I'm not very well versed in all this tech talk but from what i do understand, i'm hooked line and sinker. Day one purchase without a doubt.
Would have liked to have seen the box but its not a problem really, i care more about what the insides can offer and from what i seen last night its offerings are very impressive.
Posted 10:20 on 21 February 2013
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Karlius

Think that Sony have learnt from their failings with the PS3. Listening to developers and designing the console with them in mind rather than by committee is a far better approach. I think ditching the floating point processor experiment and returning to x86 architecture is by far their best idea. I presume this is an X64 iteration due to the amount of RAM to be addressed and the speed and amount of that is fantastic.

What it should mean is that the PS4 can hit the ground running unlike when the PS3 hit and developers were trying to get to grips with the Cell.

If the price point is right I may get one at launch depending on what MS has to offer. It's going to be a far tougher decision for me this time around as the PS4 conference convinced me Sony are doing the right things this time around unlike last time where it was a load of fluff and nonsense plucked from the depths of Sony's Arse.

£350 or less at launch and for me it means Wii U is dead in the water.
Posted 10:12 on 21 February 2013
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