Gaining favorable previews and plenty of pre-orders, the PS4 looks like the next-gen console to beat, and Sony says it was designed with an overarching theme of a "frictionless and seamless" gaming experience.
The PS4 will go on sale on Nov. 15 in the U.S for $399., followed by the U.K. on Nov. 29 for £349. Australia will also see the console then with a price tag of $549, while Canada too shares the U.S.'s Nov. 15 launch date.
Basically as it stands the demand for the Playstation 4 has been immense! If you haven't pre-ordered yet and want the new PS4 console, I suggest you hurry up and you might be lucky and get it before Christmas.
GPU AMD next-generation Radeon-based graphics engine - up to 1.84 TFLOPS.
RAM 8GB of GDDR5
Physical Media Blu-ray Disk - 6x CAV Blu-ray BD-ROM + 8x CAV DVD
Storage 500 GB Hard Drive - Will be upgradeable similar to the PS3.
Game DVR Yes - Will natively support the option to record and upload gameplay
USB Ports Three USB 3.0 ports
"Always Online" No
Used Game Fee No
Backwards Capability No - However, with Gaikai's cloud-based streaming service, gamers will have access to PS1, PS2, and PS3 games.
Second Screen PlayStation Vita, Smartphones, Tablets - Sony plans on releasing a PlayStation app shortly after the release of the PS4 that will allow games to be streamed onto any companion device capable of installing the app.
Motion Control PS Eye 2.0 + Original PS Move
Subscription Service Yes - The PlayStation 4 requires a PlayStation Plus membership for access to online games. Single player games and games that can be played offline will not require a monthly subscription.
Operating System PlayStation Dynamic Menu.
Internet Connection Gigabit Ethernet + WiFi
BlueTooth Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)
Audio/Video Connections HDMI input and output (up to 4K resolution support) + Optical output - The PlayStation 4 will come packaged with a HDMI cable.
Personalized, Curated Content
The PS4™ system has the ability to learn about your preferences. It will learn your likes and dislikes, allowing you to discover content pre-loaded and ready to go on your console in your favorite game genres or by your favorite creators. Players also can look over game-related information shared by friends, view friends’ gameplay with ease, or obtain information about recommended content, including games, TV shows and movies.
Play as You Download
Increase your play time with the ability to play games while they’re downloading titles. When a player purchases a game that is enabled with this feature, the PS4™ system downloads a portion of the game, so play can start, while the rest is downloaded in the background during actual gameplay.
Remote Play on the PS4™ system fully unlocks the PlayStation®Vita system’s potential, making it the ultimate companion device. With the PS Vita system, gamers will be able to play a range of PS4™ titles on the beautiful 5-inch display over Wi-Fi access points in a local area network.
The “PlayStation® App” will enable iPhone, iPad, and Android™ based smartphones and tablets to become second screens for the PS4™ system. Once installed on these devices, players can view in game items, purchase PS4™ games and download them directly to the console at home, or remotely watch the gameplay of other gamers playing on their devices.
The DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller features familiar controls while incorporating new ways to interact with games and other players. Improved dual analog sticks and trigger buttons offer an even greater sense of control, while the capacitive touch pad opens up endless potential for new gameplay possibilities. Experience the evolution of play with the DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller.
Sony's official message right now is that 15 games will be available as physical Blu-ray releases at the PS4's launch:
NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision) Skylanders Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision) Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games/Criterion Games, EA) Battlefield 4 (EA DICE, EA) Madden 25 (EA Tiburon, EA) FIFA 14 (EA Canada, EA) NBA Live 14 (EA Tiburon, EA) Killzone: Shadown Fall (Guerilla Games, Sony) Driveclub (Evolution Studios, Sony) Knack (SCE Japan, Sony) Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft) Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, Ubisoft) Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft, Ubisoft) LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive)
But the PS4 launch includes 33 titles total including digital releases by the end of the year, and since the console's announcement, including today's Gamescom presentation, plenty of others have been revealed. Some of these games may release in or close to the PS4's launch window:
Destiny (Bungie, Activision) Diablo 3 (Blizzard, Blizzard) Mad Max (Avalanche Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive) Minecraft (Mojang) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red, Warner Bros. Interactive) The Division (Ubisoft, Ubisoft) Dragone Age 3 (BioWare, EA) Hohokum (Honeyslug) Planetside 2 (Sony Online Entertainment) Warframe (Digital Extremes, Sony) Blacklight: Retribution (Zombie Studios, Perfect World Entertainment) Shadow of the Beast (Heavy Spectrum) The Order: 1886 (Ready at Dawn, Sony) Infamous: Second Son (Sucker Punch, Sony) Rime (Tequila Works) Hell Divers (Arrowhead) Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (thechineseroom) Resogun (Housemarque) Tiny Brains (Spearhead Games)
During the Gamescom presentation Sony also mentioned a ton of additional PS4 indie games without concrete release dates, including:
Assault Android Cactus (Witch Beam) Fez (Polytron Corporation) Final Horizon (Eiconic Games) Samurai Gunn (Teknopants) Starbound (Chucklefish) Switch Galaxy Ultra (Atomicom) The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Nicalis) Velocity 2X (FuturLab) Guns of Icarus Online (Muse Games) N++ (Metanet) Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (Dennaton Games/Devolver Digital) Rogue Legacy (Cellar Door Games) Volume (Mike Bithell) Wasteland Kings (Vlambeer)
And don't forget that virtual tech demo known as The Playroom will be included on every PS4 by default.
Playstation VR External Power and Processing box as of 1st November 2015.
Playstation VR at Australia 2015
We were supposed to miss out on the Playstion VR at PaxAus because we have an exclusive with them later this month. At the last minute they squeezed us in for a taster lol. We have a ton of video and photos it's all getting edited at the moment. I'm taking an easy day today I'm melted from the 4 days of running up and down the Exhibition centre and all over Melbourne.
Playstation VR is awesome! No motion blur and 120hz, no latency issues (18ms), fluid animations, great colour, comfortable, no screen door issues, ability to stand and game and never felt like you will fall, I was concerned about the Move controller's being laggy but they were not. Everything was so natural! No kids will want a led Led TV in their bedroom they will want this headset!
I can't wait to see these Playstation VR headsets in stores soon. Also I like the fact this headset will be the same throughout the PS4 life. No new models to disrupt Sony and Development echo system.
If you have a PS4 this is a must have!
Just Cause 3
Mario the number 1 Just Cause player playing at PAX.
Added this to the Playstation Clubs and Essential Threads.
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So question - think i saw the answer during early E3 reports, but does anyone know the length of the USB charge cable? Is it 6ft? Excited for this release, but kinda sad the launch lineup is a wee-bit lacking.
[EDIT] Also anyone hear if the system will capitalize solid state drives?
Does anyone know if they are going to be selling the bundled headset at launch?
I haven't seen anything about it but am wondering what we are suppose to do if we break our bundled one. I'm not trading my surround sound for a headset so I need a single ear setup just for chat. So far it's looking like if you break your original mic you're screwed.