PlayStation 4: features and capabilities. Reviews and photos
After the deafening success of the PlayStation console3, which was released by the world-famous Japanese company Sony in the distant 2007, everyone was waiting for the continuation. And now, after six long years of waiting, the Japanese were born with a novelty - the console of the fourth generation PlayStation 4. The characteristics of this model exceeded all expectations, and at the time of the release the console had no analogues or competitors. This allowed sales of the console to soar to unprecedented heights, which brought the manufacturer a serious profit.
Key features of the console
Consider the prefix closer: what is the PlayStation 4? The characteristics of the new console correspond to all modern realities and even slightly exceed them. Here are the main data:
- On the new console is AMD's x86-64 processor Jaguar, which is as powerful as its best computer counterparts and has 8 cores.
- For the video playback, the graphic core from AMD, which produces 1.84 teraflops
- The memory is 8 gigabytes, the generation of GDDR5.
- The total memory capacity is 500 GB, if you want, you can replace the hard disk.
- From the input-output devices, you can select a full-blown Blu-ray drive 6xCAV, as well as the presence of USB 3.0 and AUX.
- To the network, the console can be connected via Ethernet, supporting 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T, wireless systems supporting IEEE 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 2.1.
- The console has HDMI, digital and analog outputs.
In short, the new console has everything you need even the most sophisticated and demanding player.
As for joysticks, they can alsoplease the players. DualShock 4 joysticks are now wireless, have dimensions of 162 x 52 x 98 mm and are light enough - 210 g. They are very comfortable in the hands and almost do not feel. Plus, the absence of wires also plays a role - now you can play at any distance from the console. In general, the joysticks are packed with the latest technology and are not inferior in the functionality of the console itself. Among the buttons you can see PS, share, options, direction of movement, actions, R1 / L1 / R2 / L2, left stick / L3, right stick / R3. In addition to the buttons, the joystick has a capacitive touchpad that supports up to two points at the same time. The touchpad is fully clickable. The six-axis gyroscope is integrated into the joystick. In addition, it has a lightbar that makes its appearance even more attractive, the joystick supports vibration and it has a built-in microphone for communicating with other players during the game or recording streams. On the joystick there are USB, Extention and headphone jacks, so if you want, you can connect everything you need to it. The gamepad is connected to the console via Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. The battery on the joystick is a classic lithium-ion, able to withstand without recharging for quite some time.
Complete with the PlayStation 4 is the updated PlayStation 4 Eye camera with external dimensions of 186 x 27 x 27 mm. Her characteristics are also quite worthy of respect:
- It can shoot video with a resolution of 1200 x 800pixels and a frequency of 60 frames per second in video formats such as RAW and YUV. There are also shooting modes with a resolution of 640 x 400 and a frequency of 120 frames per second, 320 x 190 and a frequency of 240 frames per second, which allows you to choose the optimal quality that is convenient for you.
- The camera is equipped with dual lenses with a fixed focus and a range of capture from 30 cm.
- Overview of the updated video camera is 85 degrees, which, you must agree, is a lot.
- The camera has a four-channel microphone, catching even the quietest sounds.
- The camera is connected to the console via AUX. The length of the cable is two meters, so that the camera can be put in any convenient place for you.
And this is not all innovations, they are incredibly many. If you list them all, then this article will not suffice. About additional innovations of the program plan you can learn from the second half of the article.
So, you've already got acquainted with the maininnovations in the console PlayStation 4. The characteristics, you will agree, are impressive. As for the appearance, here, too, everything is fine. The dimensions of the new console are 275 x 53 x 305 mm, and the weight is about 2.8 kg. The appearance of the console is quite classic - smooth lines and slightly slanted design, in short, nothing superfluous. It fully corresponds to the principle of Japanese minimalism. The console body has the appearance of three layers of blocks, which symbolize the power and reliability of the console. In the center of the top panel you can see the glossy logo of the manufacturer. On the front panel of the console you can see two USB-outlets.
If you want something special, thenToday there is a fairly large number of various customized models of consoles, among which you can choose any, everything is depending on what you like best
Advantages over other consoles
The main rival of the Japanese console is stillis the brainchild of Microsoft - the prefix Xbox. By and large, the consoles are fairly similar and it's hard to say which one is better. It is best to leave this issue to the gamers court, because each of the consoles has its advantages and disadvantages, and, accordingly, each of them has its own army of fans who consider the product of a competitor something that is unworthy of attention.
Features of the new console
What else can the new PlayStation 4 boast? The characteristics have already been considered, the design too, it remains to see new features of the program type. And here, too, there is where to go for a walk:
- The prefix was made as convenient as possible fordevelopers of new games, significantly reducing the time it takes to create them, as well as their budget. This will allow even small game companies to promote their creations among gamers with minimal effort. As a consequence, the game industry will receive a serious impetus to development.
- While the game is being downloaded from the PlayStation Store, youDo not have to with a bored face to sit and look at the boot strip. Now it is possible to start playing the digital version of the game already at the time of its download.
- You can update the software even when the console is turned off.
- Now a new regime of "intellectualpause ". It allows you to continue playing from the moment you finished the game, right after turning on the console. And this means that even a lack of time will not prevent your progress in the game - you can pause, turn off the console, and then turn it on and continue playing from the same place.
- Now there is the newest system Gaikai, which will give you a try to play a game in the store before buying it. After all, no one wants to buy a cat in a poke, does it?
- You can watch in real time what your friends are playing now.
- In the store, you can immediately see a list of your recommendations. It is built on the basis of your purchases in the PlayStation Store, which, you see, is very convenient.
- Now there is a new service Ustream, whichallows you to stream games in real time. And if you run into difficulties, you can easily ask for help from friends who will tell you how to pass this or that moment of the game.
- The console menu is now multitasking: right during the game you can use other applications, for example, to go online.
- With the help of special applications PlayStation App you can connect to the console with the help of PlayStation Vita and PS Vita TV. In addition, you can connect to the console and using the phone.
- In the kit with the console is a standard headset and hard drive for 500 GB, which, if desired, can be replaced by any other.
- The console has finally been abolished regional restrictions, so that you will not be confronted more with letters such as PAL and NTSC.
Differences from previous versions
PlayStation 4 Technical Specificationsdiffer from the characteristics of the console of the previous version. The software also has considerable differences. Technically, the console has become much more powerful - everything has improved, from the processor to the RAM. An important fact was that the manufacturer refused the processors, which he used in previous models, and took on the computer processor.
In addition, there are new joysticks.An important update was the appearance of the Share button, giving the opportunity to share the best moments of your game with friends and acquaintances or stream the game in real time.
Modifications to the console
To date, there are severalvarious modifications of Sony PlayStation 4, the characteristics of which are somewhat different. To date, the largest population is used by such modifications as Neo, Slim and Pro. Each of them has its own characteristics.
PlayStation 4 Pro
One of the modifications can be called the Sony consolePlayStation 4 Pro, the characteristics of which differ from the standard. It shows higher productivity due to the updated "stuffing". The technical characteristics of the PlayStation 4 Pro are:
- Full support for 4K. Now the graphics of the games will be impressive.
- The hard drive is increased to a terabyte.
- The graphics core is improved more than 2 times to expand the graphics capabilities of games.
- A full 1080p resolution.
As you can see, there is enough change. If you compare the standard prefix and PlayStation 4 Pro, the characteristics of the latter significantly exceed the original, in particular the visual component. In addition, the pro version can boast an additional USB port on the rear panel. The release of the new console is scheduled for November 2016.
PlayStation 4 Slim
Another modification of the console isPlayStation 4 Slim. Its characteristics have not changed, as in the previous Slim versions of consoles. The only thing that has changed is the size of the console. It has become much smaller. The size of it became less by a third, and it all decreased by a quarter. All this has significantly reduced energy consumption and reduced noise. The new console is equipped with USB 3.1 ports, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac with the ability to connect via Bluetooth 4.0. In addition, the Slim version of the console is cheaper than the original one.
PlayStation 4 Neo
Sony has created a high-end prefix forname PlayStation 4 Neo, its characteristics are slightly different from the original. The first thing that catches your eye is a seriously revised schedule. Now, if it allows the TV, you can enjoy a full 4K in all games. The truth at the moment is only meant for games released in autumn 2016, but the Japanese promise to complete everything. Televisions that support the FullHD system will also be subject to improvements - now they will have a higher stable frame rate, and the graphics detail will be higher.
The processor of this modification will be more powerful andSupport a clock speed of 2.1 GHz, which will accelerate the console by one-third. The power of the graphics core was more than doubled, and its clock frequency increased by more than a hundred megahertz. In addition, the bandwidth of the RAM was increased by a quarter, which is also very important. Plus, under the games, an additional 512 megabytes of memory was allocated. All this allowed to increase the resolution of the image to a full 2160r. The output of the updated console is scheduled for October 2016.
Since the console is already on the market for aboutthree years, there were a lot of feedback. And we can say that the reviews mostly have positive assessments. The design of Sony PlayStation 4, technical specifications and the actual gameplay itself are the main points that players praise most.
Interesting facts about the console
As usual, production and production of a new console have not been without interesting and curious cases.
- So, in 2012, the web appeared photos of the design of the new console, which were immediately removed.
- In February 2013, the video showing the console, won first place in the number of views among other commercials.
- Nobody knew what the console actually looks like, right up to her first presentation.
- A book has been written about the history of the creation of the console.