PS4: The beast within

The Playstation 4, more commonly known as the PS4, was announced during a special event at the E3 gaming convention. It’s Sony’s next big contender in the eighth generation of consoles. The PS4 is Sony’s fourth game console, succeeding the PS3 and its great-grandfather, the original Playstation.

The PS4 will sport a single-chip custom processor, one which uses eight 64-bit AMD Jaguar cores. The PS4 will also have a next-generation AMD Radeon GPU. It’s said to be along the lines of a Radeon 7850 and will utilize 18 process clusters that will provide the system with raw power. Like a computer, the PS4 needs memory to keep the system lightning fast. Sony is planning on using a whopping eight GB of DDR5 RAM (that’s the newest type of RAM for anyone who is a tech addict). Sony revealed that the console can even be powered off in mid-game and gamers can pick up right where they left off.

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Next generation gaming! Photo from Playstation.com.

One of the most prominent features of the PS4 is the redesigned Dualshock 4 controller. The “start” and “select” buttons have been replaced with a single “options” button. There’s a new “share” button that allows you to share screen shots and footage between fellow PS4 users and the internet. The controller also utilizes a touchpad which allows for fluid movement when choosing options. Sony also added light bars to the controller which change colors which are used by the PSEye.

The PSEye uses two cameras which track movement and will be able to distinguish between the player and background. This, along with the controller’s light bar, will help keep track of the different number of physical users (hence the multiple colors). The PSEye will also use facial and voice recognition.

The last prominent feature happens to be one of Sony’s greatest feats yet. The PS4 will come with a streaming service which will allow you to stream older games to your system. Online play will utilize the Playstation Network as well as the relatively new Playstation Plus service.

If you’re a hardcore gamer, you’ll be happy to know that the PS4 will launch with 33 launch titles, several of which are exclusive to the PS4 console. Out of these, only a few titles are well-known. The newest installation of the Killzone series, Killzone: Shadow Fall, is an early contender towards PS4 exclusivity. “Knack” will show off the PS4’s features and functions, allowing players to get a feel for the PS4’s power. Another will be DriveClub, an exclusive racing simulator for the system. Although not available at launch, the “Uncharted” series will find its way to the console in the near future.

The Playstation 4 will launch in the US on Nov. 15 for $399. Pre-order now if you want this beast.