Sony reveals PlayStation 4 specs; rumors generally correct
<strong>Updated with statement on used game support</strong> Despite little mention of solid tech specs <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/279646==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/02/20/console.based.on.x86.architecture/" rel='nofollow'>at the reveal</a>, Sony has released a list of technical specifications for the upcoming console. Confirming earlier rumors, the PlayStation 4 runs AMD multi-core silicon, with a "next generation" Radeon graphics processor rated at 1.84 teraflops in the die of the CPU.<br />
In full, the spec sheet includes a single-chip custom processor with eight x86-64 AMD Jaguar CPU cores with integral Radeon graphics processor, 8GB of GDDR5 memory for both system operations and graphic utilization, a built-in hard drive, a 6x Blu-Ray drive capable of 8x DVD speeds, USB 3.0 and other auxiliary ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1. Audio/visual outputs are a single HDMI port, analog AV-out, and an optical S/PDIF audio output.
Mandatory to the console is the PlayStation 4 Eye camera, with a pair of 1280x800 cameras with fixed focus lenses and an 85-degree field of view. The Dualshock 4 controller mounts a two-point capacitive touchpad, three-axis gyroscope and accelerometer, light bar with three-color LEDs, a speaker, a micro-USB port, a stereo headset port, an unspecified extension port, and a 1000mAh battery for wireless operation.
The x86 nature of the computer should simplify cross-platform development for whatever the next-generation Xbox holds, and PC gaming. While the Jaguar processor was present at CES, it is not a high-speed chip, and AMD aims the line at laptops and tablets. An eight-core processor, implemented properly, should still deliver an order of magnitude greater power than the current Core processor in the PlayStation 3 and minimize heat by keeping clock speeds down.
<em>Update:</em>While a <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/279647==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/01/15/move.could.shut.out.resale.of.used.games/" rel='nofollow'>previous patent</a> suggested that Sony may be investing in technology to block the use of used games on its new console, an interview with Sony Worldwide Studios executive Shuhei Yoshida by <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/279648==http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-02-21-sony-tells-eurogamer-playstation-4-will-not-block-used-games" rel='nofollow'><em>Eurogamer</em></a> confirmed the device's ability to play used titles. When directly questioned by the interviewer regarding the used titles, and after consultation with a PR staffer, the executive said that "So, used games can play on PS4. How is that?" Additionally, a Sony staffer told the same interviewer that the Sony patent had nothing to do with the PlayStation 4.
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