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Playstation 4: The Facts

Sony has a history of releasing videogame consoles that also work well as something else: the first Playstation could play audio CDs; the Playstation 2 played DVDs; and the Playstation 3 was (and still is) a great blu-ray player. Now the Playstation 4 is out. What does it have to offer?

Hardware:

  • New Controller, the “Dualshock 4,” includes a small touch-sensitive pad and several tweaks from the previous “Dualshock 3” design
  • 500GB hard drive
  • Two USB 3.0 ports
  • Wi-Fi and Ethernet enabled
  • Blu-Ray disc player
  • HDMI cable included
  • Special Features:

  • Game downloads in progress will be playable before completion, allowing players to start a game early
  • Ability to link to a Playstation Vita handheld console for off-television play
  • Controllers can charge via the console’s USB ports even when the console is not on
  • Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited online services
  • “Share” button enables quick sharing of gameplay footage
  • Other Considerations:

  • Online play is dependent on the Playstation Plus subscription service
  • The Playstation 3’s “Dualshock 3” controllers are not compatible with the Playstation 4
  • Playstation 4 is not backward compatible with Playstation 3 games, though Sony has plans for a cloud-based streaming service for future emulation.
  • The Playstation Camera, sold separately, can be used with Playstation Move controllers, augmented reality apps, and for streaming video online
  • Retail price of a Playstation 4: $400
  • Games:

    Retail games exclusive to the Playstation 4:

  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • Knack
  • Resogun
  • Flower
  • Playroom (for use with Playstation Camera)
  • Retail games available on PS4 and other consoles:

  • Skylanders: Swap Force
  • Need for Speed: Rivals
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Madden NFL 25
  • NBA 2K14
  • Just Dance 2014
  • FIFA 14
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Battlefield 4
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
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