PS4 console; release date, specs and price news

News Bertan Budak 21 May 2013 - 10:34

The latest PS4 release date, news and specs information right at your fingertips...

Update: The PS4's competitor is expected to be revealed tonight. Keep up with all the latest news and information in our Xbox 720 release date, news and rumours post. 

We were supposed to witness history in the making. The next-generation PlayStation should have made its debut at Sony’s press conference in New York in February – as was rumoured for weeks - however, to the frustration of millions worldwide, the console was nowhere to be seen.

It wasn’t a total loss, however, as we did learn one piece of vital information: the PS4 exists and it will go on sale later this year in selected territories. We also caught a glimpse of the DualShock 4 controller and are privy to exciting details such as specifications and features. Here's what we know so far...

PS4: Release date

The PS4’s European release date is unknown, however, reports claim the console will arrive on UK shores early next year. Stock shortfalls are likely to be the reason for this. When the PS3 first went on sale back in 2006 it was exclusive to US and Japanese customers – we European were forced to wait until March the following year to get our mucky paws on it.

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Many analysts and games commentators claim this could be the case with the PS4, which is expected to shift millions of units in 2014 alone. Keeping up with demand in both Japan and the US could lead to potential delays on this side of the pond, however, with Microsoft also rumoured to be releasing its new machine the Xbox 720 next year, Sony wouldn't want to keep gamers waiting too long otherwise it could miss out on its slice of the market share.

PS4: Specs

Aside from the usual specs – Blu-ray and DVD support, HDMI output etc – the PS4 will house some powerful equipment under its glossy black bonnet. Highlights include USB 3.0 ports and an AMD Radeon-based graphics engine, amongst others. The system’s architecture is very much PC-based to the delight of games developers as this will make it easier for them to code games for both platforms.

The PS4 will also house 8GB of GDDR5 memory, which Sony claims will enable ultra-fast performance - both in terms of gameplay,and load and reboot times. The Japanese firm says users will be able to power down the PS4 mid-game, switch it back and resume gameplay in mere seconds. That, dear readers, is how powerful this machine is.

Games developers have already begun raving about the new console, which some claim to be a "revolution". Mark Simon, a designer on God of War: Ascension claims the PS4 will unlock a host of new ideas and possiblities that devs previously had to ditch simply because the current-generation of consoles aren't powerful enough to host them.

In an interview with games site CVG, he said: "The first thing that hit me was just the power of it.

"It's been a long time since the last generation started so it feels like a significant boost. It means that certain scenarios and ideas that we shied away from in the past, because they were too technically demanding, can be re-examined."

Specs rundown:

• CPU: single-chip custom processor, x86-64 AMD "Jaguar," 8 cores
• GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon-based graphics engine
• Memory: 8GB GDDR5
• Built-in hard disk drive 
• 6X Blu-Ray Drive, 8X DVD
• USB 3 and Auxiliary ports
• Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11 B/G/N built-in WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1

Nvidia, a manufacturer of graphics processing units (GPUs) and AMD’s main competitor, recently announced that it will offer its PhysX and Apex technology to PS4 games developers. The firm’s technology, it is claimed, will allow them to construct life-like environments and effects (see video, below).

An official statement by the firm reads: "Game designers use PhysX and APEX technologies for collision detection and simulation of rigid bodies, clothing, fluids, particle systems and more across a wide range of platforms, including desktop PCs, game consoles, and mobile and handheld devices.

"NVIDIA APEX technology lets artists create intricate physics-enabled environments. They can expand the quantity and visual quality of destructible objects; make smoke and other particle-based fluids integral to game play; and create life-like clothing that interacts with the character's body to achieve more realism in their games." That's pretty exciting stuff.

Update: Most business bods struggle to hold their heads high after losing out on a lucrative contract to a rival firm and it would seem that Nvidia's senior vice president of content and development, Tony Tamasi, is no exception.

But instead of taking a jibe at his company's biggest competitor, AMD, which is providing the graphics hardware for the upcoming console, he decided to take a rather cheap swipe at Sony's choice of specifications for its upcoming console. In an interview with a tech website, he said: "Compared to gaming PCs, the PS4 specs are in the neighborhood of a low-end CPU, and a low- to mid-range GPU side.

"If the PS4 ships in December as Sony indicated, it will only offer about half the performance of a GTX680 GPU (based on GFLOPS and texture), which launched in March 2012, more than a year and a half ago." Ouch! Although Tamasi has a point, comparing a PC to a console isn't exactly fair, as consoles cannot be upgraded with new GPUs - a bane for many, including us.

Personally, we cannot wait to see his reaction when the Xbox 720 is announced. According to rumours, AMD is also providing the graphics hardware for Microsoft's console, too!

PS4 Eye

Alongside the DualShock 4 controller, Sony revealed PlayStation Eye, a camera system that unlocks a host of possibilities on the PS4 including facial recognition and motion-controlled gameplay.

Eye uses two high-sensitivity snappers with wide-angle lenses (1,280 x 800 pixels) and four microphones to pick up players’ movements and sounds – and can recognise them based on this information.

It also distinguishes players using the colour of their DualShock 4 controllers and is able to position them accordingly during split-screen gameplay. Alas, we didn't personally get to see this bad boy in action at the launch in Feb, but if it’s half as good as it sounds then we’re impressed.

DualShock 4 controller

The DualShock 4 controller has similar features to the classic PlayStation pad (including the infamous square, circle, cross and box buttons) but with some new additions including a touchpad, PlayStation Move-like light bar and 3.5mm headphone jack.

We’re yet to discover how these features will contribute to gameplay however we understand that gamers can use the touchpad to control elements of the games, while the light bar will allow users to unlock the technical wizardry inside PlayStation Eye.

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Give up gaming and get a life.

No.

Give up hating and get a real life

I have a life, and I still game. I just don't prioritize it (gaming) above all other things. :P

Says the guy who came to read this website Post. What a hypocrite.

rumor has it

You'reno gamer then!!

ok, if i got a ps3 to play my ps3 gaming library then why the hell do i want backwards compatibility on ps4? just to pay more?

mmm
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sh*t up and go f*ck yourself if you hate your life!

shut up idiot you wish you were playing video games for a living instead of being a 9-5 i wear a suit and makes me feel important slave. Don't project your negativity onto others.

You must have such a life if you choose to go to random sites and bash on a console that isn't even out yet.

all hell breaks loose. probably no backward compat. cuz the hardware is so differentiated. maybe cloud gaming.

because ps4 games will be all over different from ps3 games for examplr call of duty might create a game for ps4 different from ps3 . you know like ps3 and ps2 theese days

£425? I paid £250 plus had a load of games thrown in by GAME two years ago

& if i pay for great graphics on ps4 why the hell would i play ps3 games, & if ps3 breaks you get a new ps3 no need for ps4

Just had a nergasm.

Wear some panties and get a wife....

what a bitch

I bought my ps3 mainly for the bluray (recommended) asw well as the gaming and haven't played games on it this year

Ladies and Gentlemen, the moral of the story is simply this. Dont buy it when it comes out.

WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dont be a mad fool and rush in too soon, wait until its been around for a bit, problems are ironed out and the price drops a little etc.

This is Sony we are talking about. They made a succes of the original Play Station and the Play Station Three....they should be able to do the same with this one. You would think.

However if they block second hand sales and so forth they might just have an expensive turkey on their hands.... Wait and see whats what. You are spoiled for choice with whats out there from Xbox and Nintendo etc.

I am not bothering because my PC beats those specs anyway and I can go online, print stuff out, burn disks, edit photos, make music and mp3s, plug in my guitar and emulate other systems as well as play games etc...

Remember the Nintendo 64? Remember the Dreamcast? Be carefull friends...be clever, be cagey and wait and see

This will be the first Playstation system not to have a killer feature. PSX had a CD player when other systems didn't, PS2 brought the new DVD medium to the masses, PS3 brought Bluray into the living room. PS4... Well nothing new. Sony do seem to be moving a little slow as a company these days, with the Sony parent company posting huge losses and falling behind in nearly all areas of technology to sharper younger companies.
It will be interesting to see what XBOX come up with as I feel Sony maybe on a downward trend.

I find it wierd the wii u has a completely different controler yet can play original wii games yet ps4 has a similar controler yet can't play ps3 games, but anyway I guess this new systems probably expensive and they need to get the cots for this as low as possible to avoid the 599 us dollar thing again thus the removal of backward comatibility.

Only someone who needs to get a life, would conclude that.

They could make it backward compatible if they wanted but they are too greedy and that is the bottom line. If people decided to band together and refuse to purchase their system unless they made it backward compatible, I bet they would. I guarantee they would. It is a money game with them.

Lol exactly

Screw Europe! Get your mucky paws off my ps3 lmao

I know they got the specs wrong for this. Its 1 GB of gddr5 for Gpu and 8 GB of ddr3 for ram. Fix it please!!!!! The G in Gddr is graphics. Amd radeon graphics engine and Nvidia? Does that make sense..? Need to review info b4 you post stuff on web.

I'd rather have Sony work on making a solid next gen console that is a step up from ps3 than try to reinvent gaming (read waggle gaming) or trying to have a 'killer app' that turns out to be HDDVD all over again.

It said gddr5 in the keynote... Do your research before you accuse others of not doing theirs..

that is sooooo dum way they make a new ps 4 and xbox 720 the ps 3 is not that old and they make you pay more and more and more on ps 4 games and xob 720 its sooooooo!!!!!!!! dum. if you get a new ps 3 or a new xbox360 you get riped off becouse the next 1 year later they make a new ps or a new xbox. the ps 3 games will prob stop macking them and the same with xbox 360.like the sp2 and the psp and the wii too and the ps1 soooooooooo!!!!! f off

that is sooooo dum way they make a new ps 4 and xbox 720 the ps 3 is not that old and they make you pay more and more and more on ps 4 games and xbox 720 its sooooooo!!!!!!!! dum. if you get a new ps 3 or a new xbox360 you get riped off becouse the next 1 year later they make a new ps or a new xbox. the ps 3 games will prob stop macking them and the same with xbox 360.like the sp2 and the psp and the wii too and the ps1 soooooooooo!!!!! f off

Its funny when grown men tell people who are avid gamers to get a life but are curious enough that the tech, graphics and enjoyment bring them here! F&%king hypocrite for real. LOL.

@Deathbyfilmsdotcom, I thought the killer app was Gaikai and cloud gaming allowing you to interact with your content everywhere. But hey, maybe that technical marvel isn't enough for people anymore.

Besides Sony are starting to turn things around just find, and a number of their divisions are expected to return to profitability soon. I'd imagine from all the excitement surrounding the PS4 Sony will have another hit console on their hands.

well you really should take your own advice because he is right (G)DDR if for video cards(GPU) and DDR is for Ram aka Memory Obviously you dont know anything about technology. and Video Cards usually only have 1-2GB of GDDR5 Per Processing Chip. if its a dual gpu then it should have 2-4 GB

you cant play wii games on the new controler. you still have to use the old controlers. and wii u sucks. no offense but i expected tons more out of Nintendo. the console is a let down.

Its unified memory, all 8 gigs is gddr5 and can be freely assigned to either the cpu or gpu. This is because its all in one chip, an apu design. Do your homework before making an ass of yourself.

So how much is it going to cost?

I have been saying that word for word for a year.

Armchair loser wants us to get a life. Irony.

Why do you say "infamous square, circle, cross and box buttons"? Don't you know the Xbox 360 got its name from the Cross-Square-Circle buttons? You are poor author of a poor article.

This is true, I mean It'd be quite nice to have everything on one system but owning a PS4 doesn't mean the PS3 goes in the bin... I'll just play PS3 games on my PS3 and PS4 games on my PS4. No problem with that!

I can't wait for the PS4. Now that the Xbox One has been revealed as well it's obvious that the PS4 is the best new conole and I will definintely be buying one

true, I would much rather pay less for the PS4 and just have a PS3 for PS3 games, they are so slim now that they take up very little space, just look at how small the PS2 eventually ended up, the same thing is happening with the PS3.

The 360 and PS3 were released in 2005 & 2006, all subsequent versions, "S" version of the 360 and the slim and super-slim versions of the PS3 are simply cosmetic changes, the only differences since launch are the addition of an internal memory card and wireless adapter in the 360 and the removal of 2 USB slots, memory card slots, backwards compatibility and alternative OS form the PS3, none of which affects the way games play.

I have a playstation , ps3 and I cant wait to try the new ps4 the playstation has always been my favorite game system and free wifi you don't have pay to get online like xbox and I think we need to wait and find out if its good before we say its no good b/c nobody knows if its any good yet.

How does pointing out that the new ps4 controller is going to have the same button markings as earlier models make this a poor article and poor author? I fail to see the logic

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