The PlayStation 4 will compete with Nintendo's Wii U, and any other as yet unannounced consoles, as part of the eighth generation of video game consoles. The console was revealed and confirmed at a press conference on February 20, 2013, with a release date set for Q4 2013.
The PlayStation 4 will feature a custom-designed single-chip processor, with an 8-core 64-bit x86 central processing unit (CPU) developed by AMD. It is code-named "Jaguar".
The graphics processing unit (GPU) will be based on next-generation AMD Radeon graphics. It will perform at 1.84 TFLOP/s. It is likely to perform better than a mid-range graphics card in a gaming computer. It will also include dedicated graphics technology for seamless compression and decompression of video media.
The PlayStation 4 will include 8 GB of GDDR5 system memory, allowing for 176 GB/s of bandwidth.Memory will be unified, meaning that the console lacks dedicated video RAM; all RAM is shared between processing and graphics capabilities. This feature has been found in past consoles such as the Xbox 360.
The read-only optical drive will read Blu-ray discs at 6x and DVDs at 8x. A hard disk drive will be included,although Sony has not yet announced the size.
The PlayStation 4 will feature 802.11 b/g/n network connectivity as well as Ethernet. USB 3.0 will be included, as will Bluetooth 2.1. An auxiliary port will also be included. The system will come bundled with a mono headset, which can be plugged into the DualShock 4. Output options will be HDMI, analog AV-out, and optical S/PDIF audio out.
The DualShock 4 will be the PlayStation 4's controller. It is similar to the DualShock 3, with several new features. One new feature is a built-in two-point capacitative touch pad on the front of the controller, which can be clicked. The controller will support motion detection via a three-axis gyroscope and three-axis accelerometer and vibration. It will include a non-removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery tentatively capable of storing 1000 mAh. The tentative design weighs 210 g (7.4 oz) and has dimensions of 162 × 52 × 98 mm (6.4 × 2.0 × 3.9 in).
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