NEW YORK – Most of what Sony said or didn’t say during the company's PlayStation 4 press event Wednesday (Feb. 20) has been widely reported, including on this website.
All business-related questions aside (whether PS4 can save the day for Sony, etc.), the following are a few details on the technical specifications of the new PS4 hardware.
Although Sony has neither shown nor demonstrated the main PS4 game console, the spec sheets below show you a glimpse of what’s inside.
During the event, Sony did demonstrate what it calls its “DualShock 4” game controller. It features a touch pad, motion sensor and Bluetooth. Mark Cerny, Sony’s lead system architect, spoke extensively about what he called “a share button,” presumably designed for gamers to stream live gameplay to UStream, upload recorded gameplay videos to Facebook and others.
Another piece of hardware that comes with PS4 is the PlayStation 4 Eye. Shaped like a bar, the unit has dual cameras, each capable of capturing uncompressed 1280-x-800-pixel video.
I am a huge fan of Intel and employ two Core-i7 PC systems in my home. But game manufacturers are going to this 8-core AMD CPU for one reason only: cost. Don't forget that the price of a new game consoles is usually the price of a mid-to-high end PC graphics card. For me, game consoles always set the bar a little higher for PCs
This is the first time I've ever seen a computer system using GDDR technology as main memory which makes me wonder if AMD has also built a custom memory controller. Also, take a look at those CAV specs for the optical drive. Rumor has it that the XBOX-720 (a.k.a. Durango) will also shift to x86.
Yes, AMD delivers good value. December2010 I bought a new workstation equipped with an AMD PhenomII 1075T, 16GB ECC RAM, an high end ASUS board, and 5 1T disks (boot + 4 as RAID 5 fake raid), an passively cooled ASUS AMD 5570 video card and an silent CPU cooler all in a Fractal Design Define case. I paid less than €1000 for it. Even today I would pay more to get an Intel based system with comparable specs. Choosing Intel I have to use Xeon processors to get official ECC RAM support.
But I am not AMD only, a few month ago a chosed an Intel Core i3-2367M based laptop for my wife.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.