Matthew Jarvis takes a look at Sony’s latest games console behemoth
Like its predecessor, the PS4 boasts powerful hardware and a host of innovations, and is designed with game developers in mind. Matthew Jarvis takes a look at Sony’s latest games console behemoth.
Announced back in February, it’s been a long wait for Sony fans to get their hands on the follow-up to the PS3, the PS4, which arrives in November.
Inside the box sits an AMD eight-core x86 Jaguar processor and 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. The GPU is equivalent to a 7000-series Radeon graphics card. This means that the PS4 should run fast and make games look gorgeous.
The PS4 has many games also available on PS3 as the generations cross, such as Assassin’s Creed IV, Battlefield 4 and Final Fantasy XIV. Several will be eligible for an upgrade to a PS4 version for a cost of about £10. PS4 exclusives include DriveClub, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Infamous: Second Son.
Sony has also made a big push for indie titles to appear on the PlayStation Store, including Hotline Miami 2:?Wrong Number, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and goofy octopus/parent simulator Octodad: Dadliest Catch.Article continues below
The Dualshock 4 controller has been revamped with a built-in clickable touch pad, integrated speaker and a jack to connect a headset for online gaming. A ‘Share’ button can post recorded gameplay to social networks.
Supported by the console, but not included in the box, is the PlayStation Camera; a motion-sensing camera that can be used to control the PS4’s menu.
Playstation Plus returns on the PS4, and is required for online play – which was free on the PS3. The paid-for service allows gamers to livestream their gameplay to online services Ustream or Twitch.
Manufacturer: Sony Computer Entertainment
Contact: 0121 625 3399
Release date: November 29th