More PS4 tech details revealed; AMD barely mentioned

Sony made a lot of waves on Wednesday night when it revealed the first details of its PlayStation 4 game console, along with showing off some PS4 game titles.  After the event, Sony issued a press release with some more technical details that were not mentioned in the press event.

The new information is also the first official confirmation that AMD is indeed supplying the CPU and GPU for the PS4. Sony didn't bother to state AMD's name during the press event when it talked about the "x86 based processor" and the graphics chip inside the PS4. Indeed, the press release buries AMD's name near the bottom of the document, with Sony stating that the console uses a single chip processor, with a CPU using AMD's eight core Jaguar design and the GPU using an unnamed "next generation Radeon" chip that generates 1.84 teraflops.

The PS4 will have eight GB of RAM, a Blu-Ray disc drive with 6xCAV read speed for Blu-Ray discs and 8xCAV read speeds for DVD discs. It will also have an unknown number of USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet with support for 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T, WiFi with support for IEEE 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 wireless support. Finally, the PS4 will have HDMI, Digital Output and Analog-AV out ports.

Sony sent out a second press release about the DualShock 4 controller, which has a one inch touch pad in the middle, a six-axis motion sensor, a built-in speaker and stereo headset jack, and three color LEDs on top that can light up in different colors. Sony states,

The light bar illuminates to match the color of characters in a game to offer a simpler, more friendly way to identify players, even when playing side by side. The light bar also changes patterns during gameplay to provide useful information to gamers, such as when a character is critically low on health or has taken major damage.

There's also a "share" button that allows gamers to share gameplay video with their friends via UStream and to post gameplay footage directly to their Facebook account.

Here's some of the more technical details about the DualShock 4:

  • Dimensions: Approx. 162mm x 52mm x 98mm
  • Weight: Approx. 210g Touch pad: 2 Point
  • Touch Pad, Click Mechanism, Capacitive Type
  • Battery: Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery with DC3.7V voltage and 1000mAh capacity

Sony also confirmed it will launch a new version of its "Eye" camera product for the PS4. The device, which has the official name of the PlayStation4 Eye, has two cameras inside with wide-angle lenses along with 85-degree diagonal angle views. It also has four microphones. Sony said that it will be able to support the PlayStation Move motion gesture controller and can even be used as a way to log into the PS4 via facial recognition.

Here are some more of the technical details of the Playstation4 Eye camera:

  • Dimensions: Approx. 186mm x 27mm x 27mm
  • Weight: Approx. 183g
  • Video Pixel: Maximum of 1280x800 pixel x 2
  • Video Frame Rate: 1280x800 pixel @ 60fps, 640x400 pixel @ 120fps, 320x192 pixel @ 240fps
  • Video format: RAW, YUV (uncompressed)
  • Lenses: Dual Lenses, F value/F2.0 fixed focus
  • Capture Range: 30cm~∞  

There have been rumors that the PS4 might block used disc games from being played on the console, but Eurogamer, speaking to Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, reports that Sony won't be making such a move. Sony also confirmed that the PS4 will still allow gamers to play on the console even if there is no Internet connection.

Finally, Sony didn't actually show the PlayStation 4 hardware itself as part of Wednesday's press event. Why? Polygon reports that, according to Yoshida, they wanted something else to show at a later time, adding, "The console is just a box."

Source: Sony on PRNewswire.com | Images via Sony

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