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Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) Technical Details


Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) Technical Details

The Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One include the main contenders within the next generation games console battle. With machines due to launch in late 2013, Sony has now unveiled the full technical specifications of the company's latest console. Within this first of a two-part series we require a comprehensive look at the PS4's technical details. Dying Light

Processor (Main and Graphics)

The hub of any console may be the processor. The PS4 will use a unit manufactured by AMD that is certainly based on a not-yet-released PC product, codenamed Jaguar. The CPU (short for cpu) will feature eight low-power cores and can work in conjunction with the Radeon based graphics processing unit, or GPU. The GPU features 18 computing units, each running at 800MHz which, together with the CPU, provides the PS4 with 1.84 TFLOPS of computing power.

RAM (Ramdom Access Memory)

Among the standout numbers about the PlayStation 4's specification sheet is its 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. This high-end memory is costly and is rarely used in this quantity, during high end PC graphics cards that automatically can cost as much as the PS4 probably will cost. This makes it much more impressive that it is contained in the PS4. The inclusion with this level of RAM as standard may well future proof the console to some extent.

It remains to be seen how much of the RAM is required from the PS4 operating system. Based on connection with current generation consoles and end gaming PC's, we might expect a maximum of 1GB to get required for this purpose, thus leaving an amazing amount free for PS4 games duties.

Internal Storage

Internal storage is available in the form of a 500GB 2.5-inch SATA conventional mechanical harddrive, quite an increase from that relating to the PlayStation 3 which only a 20GB hard drive on launch. It needs to be said though that the PS3 has gone through several versions mainly because it was first introduced in the year 2006 and the latest super slim models come which computer drives ranging from 250GB to 500GB.

A bonus point for the PS4 could be that the hard drive is user removable and upgradeable, thus allowing larger capacity mechanical hard drives to be installed. The present largest 2.5" hard disk available is 2TB or 2000GB (4 times the size of the standard drive) so assuming the main system of the console allows it, the storage capacity with the system can be greatly expanded. There's also the possibility of installing an SSD or solid state drive inside the PS4. Whilst capacities are lower than standard hard drives, access and knowledge transfer speeds less complicated faster.

Optical Drive

The Sony PS4 will use an integrated 6x CAV Blu-ray drive using a maximum read speed of 27 MB/s. This compares favourably using the PS3's 2x speed Blu-ray unit that has been capped at just 9MB/s. Let loose of the PS3's throughput restrictions, the PS4 will likely be noticeably faster at disc to hard drive data transfer and will make initial game build much quicker, even taking into consideration the expected larger files sizes of the new generation games.

The drive will read and play Blu-ray discs, DVD's and CD's, though it is unlikely to be capable of reading the brand new quad-layer 100 GB capacity Blu-ray discs that can support 4k resolutions. This really is unlikely to be a worry as it is doubtful how the PS4 will support 4k output.

This concludes part one of our look at the PS4's technical specification. Inside the second part we deal with the video and sound output, connectivity, the modern DualShock 4 controller along with the accessories available for generation x console. Dying Light

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