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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With the PS4 using x86 architecture I wonder if it'll be possible to install Sony's OS to a PC and basically build your own PS4, similar to the Hackintosh scene (although it'll probably be a lot more difficult to do since it won't be released with a DVD installer and I imagine there will be hardware safeguards in place as well).

The Xbox 720 uses DEDICATED DDR3 so basically it will be a wash. The Xbox should be cheaper to manufacture because of the "slower" memory.

I knew it would be an AMD CPU/GPU the moment they said it was an x86 chip with 8GB RAM!

Anyway good to see an update with that rumour confirmed as well as all the other information put in one place, good job John! The PS4 is looking more and more interesting!

Glad to see that they are allowing used games and no constant internet connection.

This will force Microsoft to do the same.

You know what's particularly awesome about this whole announcement? The fact that not a single shred of information regarding this gaming console was placed on the front page of NeoGamr. You know, the place where it belongs and could pull in at least a little bit of traffic to at least justify it's existence. Too bad it's PC only now...wait..what? :blinks:

I'm sorry but, I just couldn't resist. Watching the front page of Neowin completely taken over by news about a gaming console sort of left a bitter taste in my mouth. The specs and the original announcement are really the only thing necessary on the Neowin side. The rest would have been perfectly suited for NeoGamr.

Oh wow, that is actually sort of really bad.

To the admin/mod guys, I can't remember, isn't it possible to post one article to both?

That is bad. Neowin really only needed a consolidated article. All of the other fluff really should have been on NeoGamr. Unless of course they're merging again or abandoning it. Seems a bit silly, no?

Intrinsica said,
I could be wrong, but I believe that NeoGamr has switched its focus from being "all games" to being "PC Gaming."

*nod* I was taking a dig at that decision Seems extremely silly seeing as this opportunity to suck in some extra visitors was completely wasted. Nevertheless, the fact that the PS4 will be sporting an x86 processor, surely justifies at least a mention since it will now share the same architecture as a PC!

It's been that way for a while guys...we made the decision to make NeoGamr PC gaming only to give it a sharp focus..we don't normally have a lot of console gaming news unless its something major like the PS4 reveal and that's why you are seeing it on Neowin.

John Callaham said,
It's been that way for a while guys...we made the decision to make NeoGamr PC gaming only to give it a sharp focus..we don't normally have a lot of console gaming news unless its something major like the PS4 reveal and that's why you are seeing it on Neowin.

Which would make sense if there were never going to be another console released....ever again. Whether the decision was made yesterday or months ago, it still seems like a horrible decision. In the meantime, Neowin gets spammed with numerous articles pertaining to a gaming console while the gaming site (PC specific or not and severely struggling for views), got absolutely zero. Someone's logic is flawed....

With the PS4 and the next Xbox on the horizon (and let's not forget the Wii U that was released not so long ago), it seems incredibly silly not to bring any of those things to the gaming-specific side. Heck, the Wii U has been announcing all sorts of things lately.

I hardly think that we "spam" the site with gaming console coverage..it's a tiny fraction of Neowin's coverage of tech news...again, the PS4 reveal is an exception and we will likely make another exception when Microsoft reveals their plans for the next Xbox.

nekkidtruth said,

Which would make sense if there were never going to be another console released....ever again. Whether the decision was made yesterday or months ago, it still seems like a horrible decision. In the meantime, Neowin gets spammed with numerous articles pertaining to a gaming console while the gaming site (PC specific or not and severely struggling for views), got absolutely zero. Someone's logic is flawed....

With the PS4 and the next Xbox on the horizon (and let's not forget the Wii U that was released not so long ago), it seems incredibly silly not to bring any of those things to the gaming-specific side. Heck, the Wii U has been announcing all sorts of things lately.

No. Keep it how it is, this is a tech site and if new gaming consoles aren't "tech" news then you should probably move on to the dailymail (and pretty much every mainstream newspaper/site) where every tech article is on "big data" and the "cloud" and "CIOs tackling BYOD" or some crap like that. Believe it or not, gaming consoles can dramatically effect PC evolution as well as how we define multimedia. The new PS4 (and of course the next Xbox) will no doubt be showcasing new multimedia capabilities that could change the way the living room operates. New console hardware also significantly effects PC gamers (usually is bad for them!) and the announcement of the x86 chip will definitely be good news for them. You may not care about gaming or give a flying fruit about anything to do with consoles but the fact is that they affect many other markets so keeping up with the latest is definitely worth doing. Hence why we should have these articles up front!

ingramator said,

No. Keep it how it is, this is a tech site and if new gaming consoles aren't "tech" news then you should probably move on to the dailymail (and pretty much every mainstream newspaper/site) where every tech article is on "big data" and the "cloud" and "CIOs tackling BYOD" or some crap like that. Believe it or not, gaming consoles can dramatically effect PC evolution as well as how we define multimedia. The new PS4 (and of course the next Xbox) will no doubt be showcasing new multimedia capabilities that could change the way the living room operates. New console hardware also significantly effects PC gamers (usually is bad for them!) and the announcement of the x86 chip will definitely be good news for them. You may not care about gaming or give a flying fruit about anything to do with consoles but the fact is that they affect many other markets so keeping up with the latest is definitely worth doing. Hence why we should have these articles up front!

I don't disagree that it's tech news. However, I don't agree that 4 or 5 articles were necessary on Neowin's front page. Nowhere did I state I don't give a "flying fruit" about gaming. I simply pointed out that most of the news was better suited to the gaming site. In fact, the news about the x86 chip should definitely have been posted to NeoGamr as it's "PC specific" now and this news effects PC gaming, or will encourage it in the near future. Pretty big oversight in my opinion.

John Callaham said,
I hardly think that we "spam" the site with gaming console coverage..it's a tiny fraction of Neowin's coverage of tech news...again, the PS4 reveal is an exception and we will likely make another exception when Microsoft reveals their plans for the next Xbox.

Way to miss the point entirely.

Edit: And I just counted 10 articles on Neowin's front page related to the PS4 launch.....

nekkidtruth said,

Way to miss the point entirely.

Edit: And I just counted 10 articles on Neowin's front page related to the PS4 launch.....

Well it's a change from the 100000+ front page articles on smart phones.

I really would love to install windows and develop things in such hardware, it would be lovely, also they are now AMD powered, which is a great thing since it's my favorite processor company.

Only thing that matters to AMD at this point with both the new Xbox and PS is the volume they are moving.

Also at this point if Sony mentioned them or not doesn't matter. All the tech news mention AMD being in the new consoles is already enough.

I think AMD deserves it. Remember when Steve jobs specifically called Intel CEO on to the stage at macbook air introduction and praised intel for chip which made the air possible.

Because AMD the single chip solution is possible for PS4. Intel does not have graphics prowess and Nvidia does not have any CPU arch at all.

AMD has decent CPU and very good GPU(~7850) on single die.

Even though they dont need to bring AMD people on to the stage at least they deserve the praises in PR.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Why should they mention AMD everywhere? It's not like AMD's chip is the selling point for this console.

The console folks who buy them don't care which is what the press release and presentation is aimed at - developers on the other hand will go along to the developer expos and that is where the nitty-gritty details will be made available. What will be interesting is to see how this benefits AMD's bottom line by having a customer who will be on the balance sheet for at least the next 4-5 years.

Since both, the new PS and the new Xbox, use AMD hardware I really doubt it could get any better for them. Also the Wii-U uses some kinda AMD graphics core if I remember correctly but that doesn't really matter much since Nintendo can't move as many units as Sony and MS.

Uhm what? I was talking about Consoles that have AMD hardware in them and actually said that Wii-U (as practically a new console) can't outsell older generation Xbox and PS even at this point.