Play Station 4 (PS4) is an eighth-generation home video game console developed and marketed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Announced as the successor to the Play Station 2 and Play Station 3 in February 2013. It was first launched on November 15 in North America. Four days later it was launched on November 29 in Europe, South America and Australia, and on February 22, 2014 in Japan. It’s the 4th best-selling console of all time. It competes with Microsoft’s Xbox One and Nintendo’s Wii U and Switch.
Play Station 4 Architecture
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 Play Station 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 Play Station 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.
Play Station 4 Camera
The PlayStation Camera is an optional motion sensor and camera for the PlayStation 4, similar to Kinect on Xbox. It includes two 1280×800 pixel lenses operating with an aperture of f/2.0, with 30 cm focusing distance, and an 85° field of view. The dual camera setup allows for different modes of operation, depending on the initiated and running application. The two cameras can be used together for depth-sensing of its surrounding objects in its field of vision. Alternatively, one of the cameras can be used for generating the video image, with the other used for motion tracking.
PlayStation Camera also features a four-channel microphone array. This helps to filter unwanted background noise and can be used for voice commands. With the PlayStation Camera connected, different users can automatically log-on to the system via face detection
Play Station VR
PlayStation VR is a virtual reality system for PlayStation 4. It consists of a headset, which features a 1080p display panel, LED lights on the headset that are used by PlayStation Camera to track its motion. And a control box that processes 3D audio effects, as well as video output to the external display. PlayStation VR can also be used with PlayStation Move motion controllers.
Gamers can either watch live gameplay of games which their friends are playing through the PS4 interface. Which is done through cross-game camera and microphone input, spectate silently. They can equally broadcast their own gameplay live via DailyMotion, Twitch, Ustream, Niconico, or YouTube Gaming. This allows for friends and members of the public to view and comment upon them from other web browsers and devices. If a user is not screen-casting, a friend can send them a “Request to Watch” notification.
Play Station 4 Share Play
Share Play allows users to invite an online friend to join their play session via streaming, even if they do not own a copy of the game. Users can pass control of the game entirely to the remote user, or partake in cooperative multiplayer as if they were physically present. Mark Cerny says that remote assistance is particularly useful when confronted by a potentially game-defeating obstacle. “You can even see that your friend is in trouble and reach out through the network to take over the controller and assist them through some difficult portion of the game”, he said. Share Play requires a PlayStation Plus subscription and can only be used for one hour at a time.
PlayStation 4 Games
PlayStation 4 games are distributed at retail on Blu-ray Disc, and digitally as downloads through the PlayStation Store. Games are not region-locked, so games purchased in one region can be played on consoles in all regions. Players can sign-on to any PS4 console to access their entire digital game library. All PlayStation 4 games must be installed to the console’s storage.
Additionally, a system called “PlayGo” allows users to begin to play portions of a game once the installation or download reaches a specific point. While the remainder of the game is downloaded or installed in the background. Updates to games and system software are also downloaded in the background and while in standby. PS4 users will, in the future, be able to browse games and stream games via Gaikai to demo them almost instantaneously. Sony says it is committed to releasing an ever-increasing number of free-to-play games, including PlanetSide 2 and War Thunder. Sony also took steps to make it easier for independent game developers to release games for the PS4. They gave them the option to self-publish their own games rather than rely upon others to distribute their games.
Play Station 4 Price
PlayStation 4 came with an introductory price of $299.99 MSRP.