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PS4 FAQ: Your Questions Answered – Tech Specs, Release Date, Price

Adam Barnes

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Sony has announced the PS4, but there’s still so many questions that need answering. We’ve done what we can to keep track of Sony’s next-gen console.

Published on Feb 21, 2013

If you’re here, chances are you’re already aware that the PS4 has been announced, and Sony’s next-gen console will be releasing shortly.

But despite the torrent of information released from the event last night, there’s still so many more questions surrounding the PS4. What will it look like? How much will it cost? When will it be out? Does Sony love you? 

So that’s what this page is for: every question we could think of has been answered with the latest information – and if there isn’t a question here you want answered, let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer what we can.

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What is the PS4’s release date?

Sony has confirmed that the PS4 will be released “Holiday 2013”, but there are currently no more specific details.

This ties into the rumours that the PS4 release date is around November 2013, which Sony will want to do to get the PS4 out in time for Christmas.

Additionally, there is doubt over whether this will be a worldwide launch, suggesting that EU gamers – as is often the case with PlayStation console launches – will actually receive the console later, perhaps even in early 2014.

Though there’s no real evidence to suggest this delay, the fact that Sony didn’t claim the “Holiday 2013” release date as a worldwide launch suggests this will be the case. If Sony could announce a worldwide launch now, it would. 

It is not yet known what the PS4 will look like, since the console itself has not been seen.

What is the price of the PS4?

Sony has yet to comment on the price of the PS4, so there is nothing official yet.

ShopTo has gone live with its pre-order page already, however, and as such hinted at what it expects to be the retail cost of the PS4.

It is selling the PS4 for £399.95, with an advertised RRP of £449.99.

Prior to the PS4’s announcement, Kotaku went live with a story from a source that had claimed the PS4 would sell for – at the lowest - If true, then the likelihood of the PS4 costing £400 is quite high.

What about the cost of PS4 games?

Nothing has been announced on this matter just yet. 

However, we’d assume that games on the PS4 will follow a similar pattern to the PS3 and the Xbox 360, initially costing £49.99 then lowering to a more familiar £39.99 standard.

What are the PS4’s tech specs?

Sony has confirmed a lot of the details of the PS4's tech specs, confirming that it will have an 8 core processor with an x86-64 architecture, 8GB GDDR5 RAM.

We've created an easy-to-read table of the PS4's tech specs for you to read, but we'll update this as soon as more specific details - such as clock speed - are discovered. 

What games will be coming to the PS4?

Currently only a handful of games have been confirmed for the PS4, but for a full list of rumoured games check our coverage on that aspect of the PS4.

Sony’s current announced PS4 games:

  • Knack
  • Drive Club (Evolution Studios)
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (Guerrilla Games)
  • inFamous: Second Son (Sucker Punch)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft) – confirmed launch game
  • Next-gen Final Fantasy
  • Deep Down (Capcom) – working title
  • Media Molecule PS4 game – currently unnamed
  • The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED)
  • The Witness
  • Quantic Dream’s PS4 game – currently unnamed
  • Diablo 3 (Blizzard)
  • Destiny (Activision)

What type of controller will the PS4 use?

Sony has announced the DualShock 4, the next-gen PS4 controller that ties up with many of the rumours leaked on the internet prior to the reveal. 

This controller is a redesigned DualShock, retaining many of the features typical of the classic design. It is slightly bigger and slightly wider, with two analogue sticks at the bottom portion of the controller.

The triggers have been redesigned and no longer have a sloped curve.

A touch panel has been added to the centre of the pad, replacing the select and start buttons and will enable touch-control mechanics in games. A share button has been added, trying into the video sharing function of the console.

A light panel has been added to the top of the controller (where the USB connection is on the DualShock 3). This enables Move style capabilities, but without the need of a devoted Move controller.

Additionally a small speaker and headphone jack has been added between the analogue sticks.

The PS4 will also come with a brand new PS Eye camera, though Sony hasn’t detailed much on the camera. It will have two cameras instead of the original’s single camera, and will include higher resolution.

For more images, see our PS4 controller and camera gallery.

Will the PS4 have backwards compatibility?

Yes and no.

Due to the architecture difference between the PS4 and the PS3, it’s not possible to play PS3 games through the optical media drive of the PS4.

However, Sony has announced that the PS4 will be able to play PS3 games – as well as PS2 and PS1 games, eventually – through Gaikai, the cloud streaming service Sony bought last year for million.

The service will be rolled out in phases, however, though no details were given on pricing or how the service will function. 

So what’s cloud streaming? What’s Gaikai?

Cloud gaming is a relatively new technology that enables gamers to play games by streaming it through the internet. This means that almost all of the computation behind a game – which is usually done on the hardware – is done remotely by powerful servers.

Gaikai is a service that provides such a form of cloud gaming, a company that Sony bought in its entirety last year for million.

This cloud gaming will enable you to play demos instantly without having to download the files first, or stream the content of your PS4 to the PS Vita and play your PS4 game wirelessly wherever you are.

Or, in the above example, play PS3, PS2 and PS1 games without having to download any files and save additional hardware installed into the console.

Will the PS4 be an 'always-on' internet device?

Though Sony has built a number of features that regularly require the internet, it has confirmed that you can play offline if you so wish - the PS4 is not an always-on internet connected console.

For more details on that, check out our news story on the PS4's internet connectivity.

What’s this about the PS4 having social media?

Sony announced that the PSN Store will be redesigned, adding in a whole new social element to the service.

This will include a Facebook style system, including real names and details about you. You can chat with your friends at any time; and yes, that does mean cross-game chat.

Additionally Sony announced it will be releasing an app for iOS and Android, that will enable you to keep in touch with your friends even when you’re not by your PS4.

You will also be able to purchase and download content onto your PS4 through the app.

The PS4 will also come with an image and video editing software, where the console will continually capture the most recent footage of your gameplay for you to pause and edit at anytime. 

It will be possible to press the ‘Share’ button on the new DualShock 4 controller at any time and edit, share and upload the last minutes of gameplay to the internet or onto your social media page of choice.

Will I be able to use my existing PSN/SEN account?

While we can say with some confidence that PSN/SEN accounts will carry over to the PS4, Sony has not confirmed that this will be the case.

This would mean that Trophies and account details should carry over without any concern, but as we say - until Sony says otherwise consider this unconfirmed.

It's worth pointing out that the image seen in the press event detailing the social network element of the PS4, the person on the service seems to have a decent collection of Trophies: obviously it's not confirmation of anything, but it does suggest there will be some crossover at least. 

However, PS3 specific content - such as game saves and digital content - will not be compatible due to differences in the PS3 and PS4 architecture.

Whether cloud streaming will enable this or not will remain to be seen.

So, does Sony love me?

In all honesty, that’s a question only Sony can answer. Best ask them…

 

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