What is PS4?
The PlayStation 4(PS4)is a home video game console developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. Announced as the successor to the PlayStation 3 in February 2013, it was launched on November 15, 2013 in North America, November 29, 2013 in Europe, South America and Australia, and on February 22, 2014 in Japan. A console of the eighth generation, it competes with Microsoft's Xbox One and Nintendo's Wii U and Switch.
Moving away from the more complex Cell microarchitecture of its predecessor, the console features an AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) built upon the x86-64 architecture, which can theoretically peak at 1.84 teraflops; AMD stated that it was the "most powerful" APU it had developed to date. The PlayStation 4 places an increased emphasis on social interaction and integration with other devices and services, including the ability to play games off-console on PlayStation Vita and other supported devices ("Remote Play"), the ability to stream gameplay online or to friends, with them controlling gameplay remotely ("Share Play"). The console's controller was also redesigned and improved over the PlayStation 3, with improved buttons and analog sticks, and an integrated touchpad among other changes. The console also supports HDR10 (High-dynamic-range) video and playback of 4K resolution multimedia.
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Advantage of PlayStation 4
- It’s $100 cheaper than Microsoft’s $500 Xbox One. Make that cheaper even if you pick up the optional $60 PlayStation Camera, giving you some extra scratch to buy a second controller or another game. $400 for what’s essentially high-end-in-2013 PC hardware? Hard to argue with that.
- It’s the most powerful next-gen console today. Or so they say. It is more powerful on paper, and in theory down the road with its extensible GPU. But theories and raw specs don’t matter much in multi-platform-dom, where developers are incentivized to make their creations look identical, extra oomph or no. But at launch, no doubt about it, you’re enjoying a performance upside, with most of the PS4’s launch games running at native 1080p, whereas some of the same versions for Microsoft’s Xbox One live in 720p-ville. Expect the Xbox One to close this gap down the road, but for now, if it matters, there is a tangible visual difference between these two systems on a 1080p TV..
- It ships with the most refined gamepad Sony’s ever built. The DualShock 4 may be evolutionary not revolutionary, as we like to say, but as I put it in my review, it combines “an array of individually modest but collectively gratifying updates that feel like the smartest updates to a gamepad in years.” If you’re a fan of gamepads, this is the apotheosis of gamepads.
- It’s the most refined games console Sony’s ever built.For a company that’s made some pretty slick hardware — the Vita chief of the bunch — that’s saying something. In my review, I wrote that the PS4 “exudes refinement, a system that feels multipurpose-built and confidently purposeful … a meticulously alloyed platform that’s the sum of many pieces, a kind of Grand Theft Auto V of video game consoles. If the latter represents everything Rockstar’s learned about open-world design — an accumulation of design knowledge implemented with knowing, fastidious precision — the PlayStation 4 is everything Sony’s learned about platform design, honed and polished to something just shy of perfection.”