Gadget of the Week – PlayStation 4

PlayStation4

Specifications:
CPU: AMD Jaguar, Number of Cores/Threads: 8/8, Shared L2 Cache: 2×2 MB, Manufacturing Process: 28 nm

GPU: AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine, Peak Shader Throughput: 69.420 TFLOPS, GPU Cores: 1152, GPU Clock: 800 MHz

Memory: 8GB GDDR5

Storage size: 500GB HDD

BD/DVD: Blue Ray Drive (read only)

Network: Ethernet x1, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.1b/g/n (2.4 GHz only), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR

PS4 or PlayStation 4 is an eighth generation gaming console from Sony. The console directly competes with Microsoft’s Xbox One. Sony is desperate to pick up the slack after it’s PS3 lost out to the Xbox 360.

The new PS4 is the most powerful gaming console you can buy. With a more conventional architecture and an AMD processor to encourage developers, the PS4 is more focused than the PS3.

The console is sleeker and slimmer compared to the Xbox. It comes with a new dual shock controller which has a very intuitive touch pad, a built in speaker as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The interface is simpler and the new PlayStation Network is promises to be a worthy opponent to Microsoft’s Xbox Live.

Another slick new feature in the PS4 is remote play which enables you to access the display of your PlayStation from your PS Vita through the internet allowing you to play even when you cannot use the TV.

The PlayStation 4 doesn’t come with the PlayStation Camera which is an extra cost option unlike the Kinect Camera which comes bundled with the Xbox One. The PS4 is also not as multimedia friendly as its predecessor. The line up of games at launch is  limited and lacks many important titles. Even though some new titles seem to be fun, it looks like none of them take full advantage of the hardware and you’ll have to wait for more capable titles to hit the stores.

In the end it all depends on how Sony decides to price it’s console in the Indian market. PS4 is significantly cheaper than Xbox One in the international markets but it remains to seen if that’s the case in India. The PS4 is a more powerful gaming tool than the One, with Microsoft working on a console that is more well rounded, all we can say is that finally the wait for the next gen consoles is over.

An Article By:

Kapil Raj
First year, BA Journalism
IFIM College