Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) Technical Details

Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) Technical Details

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

Processor (Main and Graphics)

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

RAM (Ramdom Access Memory)

One of many standout numbers for the PlayStation 4's specification sheet is its 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. This high-end memory is costly and is rarely found in this quantity, during high end PC graphics cards that independently can cost as much as the PS4 may well cost. This makes it even more impressive that it is within the PS4. The inclusion on this level of RAM as standard is likely to future proof the console to some extent.

It remains to be seen what amount of the RAM is required with the PS4 operating system. Based on experience of current generation consoles and also end gaming PC's, we might expect a maximum of 1GB to become required for this purpose, thus leaving an important amount free for PS4 game playing duties.

Internal Storage

Internal storage comes in the form of a 500GB 2.5-inch SATA conventional mechanical hard disk drive, quite an increase from that of the PlayStation 3 which only were built with a 20GB hard drive on launch. It must be said though that this PS3 has gone through several versions since it was first introduced in 2006 and the latest super slim models come which hard drives ranging from 250GB to 500GB.

A vital point for the PS4 would be that the hard drive is user removable and upgradeable, thus allowing larger capacity mechanical hard disks to be installed. The current largest 2.5" hard disk available is 2TB or 2000GB (four times the size of the standard drive) so assuming the operating system of the console allows it, the storage capacity of the system can be greatly expanded. There is also the possibility of installing an SSD or solid state drive inside the PS4. Whilst capacities are under standard hard drives, access files transfer speeds less difficult faster.

Optical Drive

The Sony PS4 make use of an integrated 6x CAV Blu-ray drive which has a maximum read speed of 27 MB/s. This compares favourably together with the PS3's 2x speed Blu-ray unit that's capped at just 9MB/s. Let out 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 looking at 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 newest quad-layer 100 GB capacity Blu-ray discs that can support 4k resolutions. That is unlikely to be a concern as it is doubtful that the PS4 will support 4k output.

This concludes the beginning of our look at the PS4's technical specification. Inside the second part we cope with the video and sound output, connectivity, the newest DualShock 4 controller and the accessories available for generation x console. Fallout 4