PS4 FAQs V2.0

#1GuitaristMattPosted 6/10/2013 8:56:04 PM(edited)
Please don't post until I'm finished. Thank you guys, and sticky.

If I use "TBC" at all, assume it means "to be confirmed" or tentative. "They" will also refer to Sony.

Contents
Release Date
Price
DRM
Hardware/Specs
RAM
The Controller
Eye Camera
Remote Play
Operating System
Gaikai
Media
Others (4k, BC, Move)
Specifics

The Release Date
All we know about the release date so far is that it is coming out "Holiday 2013". Some of the games releasing for the PS4 (not exclusively) are due for October, so we would expect a November release. This will be the worldwide release date.

The Price
$399 USD
399 Euro
349 Pounds
Games will be anywhere from free to $60
Playstation Plus will be required to play online multiplayer. Other services such as Netflix will not require the additional fee. PS+ can be bought for $50/year or $17/ three months (TBC for PS4).

Backwards Compatible?
Yes. Available in 2014 Gaikai (own section) will allow PS3 backwards compatability.

DRM
The PS4 will not feature any sort of DRM. Any online passes will still be available for the developer/publisher to provide. There is no "always-on" internet connection either, except for those games that require it (think Dust 514 and MAG).

The Hardware and Specs
The first thing we notice is that the PS4 comes with a new controller and a new rendition of the Playstation Eye. They will have their own section in this FAQ.

The new PS4 features a stacked parallelogram shape.

The Playstation 4 features an AMD 8-core Jaguar x86/64 CPU. It is said to run right around 1.6ghz. It also features a Radeon GPU comparable to the 7850. Currently it has a 6x Bluray drive (read only) as well as the capabilities to read DVD and CD. It will also include the now standard USB 3.0 Bluetooth 2.1 and Gigabit Ethernet Port. The next section is about the included RAM.

RAM?
The PS4 has 8GB of GDDR5. What does that even mean? First it needs to be clarified that DDR is not the highly acclaimed Dance Dance Revolution. It stands for Double Data Rate. It is comparable to DDR3. Right now GDDR5 is the fastest available RAM on the market, and it's main use is for applications that require high bandwidth (memory bandwidth). It is needed for the new features to help reduce "lag".

In all it is just a new (to consoles) type of fast RAM that will improve certain functions.
It should be noted that I just found this: "Sony has revealed that you will be able to power down the PS4 mid-game and then switch it on again in seconds and pick up right where you left off." Which is enabled by the new RAM.

The Controller
Physical features
The new Dualshock controller will feature everything from the Dualshock 3 with a few changes. The width of the controller has been changed to accommodate the new touchpad in the middle (not a touchscreen), as well as to fix complaints about "touching thumbs" on the analog sticks. The new analog sticks are now concave like the Xbox controller and feature a smaller dead zone. In addition to those, the triggers have been changed to respond better and prevent sliding off. A speaker has been added just below the touch pad for "immersive gaming experiences" (for more sounds) and they have done away with our start and select buttons. The start and select buttons have been replaced with "options", "share", and the clickable touch pad. Finally, there is a light bar on the back, 3.5mm jack on the front, and the Mini USB has been replaced with Micro USB.
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#2GuitaristMatt(Topic Creator)Posted 6/10/2013 9:15:51 PM(edited)
Share Button and "Light Bar"
The share button adds a new dimension to gaming by giving you the ability to record videos and take screenshots at the push of a button and upload them to facebook. There is a live message feed that goes with this. The share button will also allow a new feature dubbed Director Mode. Director Mode allows you to give control of your game over to a friend, and they will be able to beat a level for you. The specifics on director mode are not yet confirmed (time limits?).

The Light Bar adds move to your controller. Each player in the room has a different color on their light bar (red, blue, green, pink). The main focus on this is for tracking player position around the room, so if you pass the controllers during split screen then the screens will switch places.

The Eye Camera
Well, it looks neat. It is more like the Playstation Eyes now (haha) because it has two cameras. The Extra cameras allow for Sony to fix problems with motion tracking that they've had since 2002 like depth and multiple players.

The camera is not included in price.

Remote Play
The Playstation Vita will now be able to play almost all of your PS4 games! It is a new hardware feature in the PS4 that allows you to stream your PS4 game to the Vita. Remote Play works by downscaling the 1080p framebuffer to the Vita's native 960x544 resolution, using the PS4's in-built hardware h.264 video encoder to compress the image. This is then beamed out over WiFi to the Vita, which decodes the video and sends back controller inputs to the PlayStation 4. It is no longer something that developers have to labor away at just to make Sony happy. Any controls will be emulated onto the Vita and its touchpad unless the developer does decide to make custom controls. Other feautures will work much like PS3 remote play.

The New Operating System
It looks like a blue version of the Xbox 360/One operating system. Which looks a lot like Windows 8. There is a new social integration of the operating system that allows for twitter and facebook posts/ friends/ videos/ and pictures to be viewed as well as sent. Based on the games you play, much like the google search software, the PS4 will start customizing your home screen with games and videos it thinks you would like to see. It is part of the "reduce downloads times" campaign. Which brings us to my next section.

Gaikai
Gaikai has been integrated into the playstation hardware and software to help reduce the time you are waiting to play games. With the new store system you will be able to download part of the game and Gaikai will slowly stream the rest of the game to you eventually having the full game downloaded to your hard drive. Basically Gaikai reduces the wall between you and digital games.

Cloud Service available in 2014. Allows PS3 BC.

Media Services
Sony Entertainment Programming is a new video and music streaming surface under one Sony application. Most likely this will be the 4k movie service that was announced. Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited are still available and accessible day 1. Netflix, Flixster, and Redbox will be other apps that are supported under media services.

Other Stuff
4k: Yes 4k resolution will be available for the PS4. It will be available for movies and everything else, but right now 4k movies are around 100GB of data. Sony is looking into a 4k movie service for the PS4 that will probably implement Gaiakai. No games will be played in 4k resolution.

Backwards Compatability: It is possible to stream games with Gaikai to the PS4, but nothing will be native. Sony is looking into using Gaikai to solve the problem.

Playstation Move: Yes it is still around.
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#3GuitaristMatt(Topic Creator)Posted 6/10/2013 9:15:11 PM(edited)
Instant On Feature: As explained in the RAM section, the PS4 will boot up in 5 seconds and you will be able to start off where you left off. No more leaving your console on because you can't find a save point.

Sony stuff compatability: They've said that TVs, headsets, tablets, and phones will have some roll to play in the system.

Cross-game-chat: Yes.

PS+: Yes, carries over from PS3 and Vita. Driveclub (PS+ edition) is the first game available for the Instant Game Collection service, as well as 3 others monthly.

PSN Account: It transfers over and you have the option of displaying your real name through social media integration.

Specifics
This is the section for all of you techies.
PS4
Picture of the hardware:
http://caseylalonde.tumblr.com/post/52681121595
CPU: low power x86-64 AMD "Jaguar" 8-core
GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS AMD Radeon
Memory: GDDR5 8GB
HDD: 500GB
Optical Drive: Read only BD 6x DVD 8x
I/O: USB 3.0, AUX
Communication: Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 BGN, Bluetooth 2.1
AV output: HDMI, Analog-AV out, Digital Optical Output
2.8kg
275mm x 53mm x 305mm

DS4
162mm x 52mm x 98mm
210g
Micro USB, Stereo Headset Jack
Bluetooth 2.1
Touchpad: Multitouch 1920x900
Speaker: Mono

Eye Camera
186mm x 27mm x 27mm
183g (less than the controller hmmm)
2 Cameras at 1280x800
Framerate: 1280x800 at 60fps 640x400 at 120fps 320x192 at 240fps
Format: RAW, YUV
FOV: 85 degrees
Mic: 4 channel
Cable length: TBC 2m

Finished :)
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#4GuitaristMatt(Topic Creator)Posted 6/10/2013 8:20:47 PM
Hope I got everything.
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#5xAzNFoRcExPosted 6/10/2013 8:26:29 PM
Looks very nice. Can't wait until this gets released!
#6GuitaristMatt(Topic Creator)Posted 6/10/2013 8:27:45 PM
xAzNFoRcEx posted...
Looks very nice. Can't wait until this gets released!


Thank you. It would be nice if we could get this version stickied. We are already seeing topics this would answer.
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#7kolewanPosted 6/10/2013 8:30:46 PM
Great FAQ just one small nitpick, you should specify Driveclub from PS+ is the "PS+ Edition" which might mean it's a stripped down version. It could be the same, though. No guarantee, either way.
#8GuitaristMatt(Topic Creator)Posted 6/10/2013 8:32:14 PM
kolewan posted...
Great FAQ just one small nitpick, you should specify Driveclub from PS+ is the "PS+ Edition" which might mean it's a stripped down version. It could be the same, though. No guarantee, either way.


Fixed this and added local pricing
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#9aDarkShinePosted 6/10/2013 8:33:17 PM
Nice post.
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#10GuitaristMatt(Topic Creator)Posted 6/10/2013 8:35:00 PM
added more PS+ info.
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