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post #1 of 19 Old 02-27-13, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Sony's new PlayStation 4 for social gaming and home theater expansion

Available in time for the holidays this year (at least in time for Christmas, but with no set date) is the latest gaming console from Sony, the PlayStation 4 (PS4). Earlier this month, Sony made the announcement and unveiled some of the many features and enhancements to this new breed of gaming console, leaving some to qualify the PS4 as more than just a box to play video games on.


Social Gaming Experience

The social and "connected" aspects of the PS4 open it up to the Internet where a player can upload still shots and video snapshots of recent game play to Facebook and other sites, with the new "SHARE" button on the enhanced controller. Additionally, live game play can be brought to Ustream where friends can comment during game play, share tips and share game "objects" like health potions, etc.

With PlayStation Network it opens gaming to the cloud and to more devices, but it can offer more than that to the living room.

Home Theater Expansion

Besides having the ability to download games for immediate play (even while the game is still being downloaded), PS4 users gain access to Sony's cloud-based music and video subscription services, Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited respectively, plus other 3rd party content delivery networks and services.

The PS4 hardware consists of 8GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM, an 8-core AMD Jaguar x86-64 CPU with an integrated graphics APU, an enhanced PC GPU AMD Radeon graphics processor, and a 6xCAV Blu-ray/8xCAV DVD player, which basically translates to very fast, very robust, and very powerful - with better graphics in general and smoother frame rates than its predecessor.


Connectivity options include gigabit Ethernet, Wireless-N WiFi (and b/g), Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR), USB 3.0, HDMI, Analog AV and Digital Optical outputs. And for cross-game chat it comes with a mono headset.

Not many more PS4 hardware features than those mentioned above have been revealed at this point. Still, without any confirmed audio or video performance specs (i.e. chest pounding 5.1 audio, 4K video, 8K resolution, high-res lossless audio formats, 3D, upscaled 1080p, etc.), this new-generation video game console, combined with it's Blu-ray player, should make for a great media center for home theater owners.

PS4 4K Video, Content Streaming

4K, as you are probably fully aware, is in reference to the high-resolution video standard that offers roughly "4 times" the resolution over common 1080p.

According to some unconfirmed statements, the PS4 will have in-built support for 4K, for user content such as videos and photos, but not for games.

"The official answer is that the PS4 supports 4K output but for personal contents, like photos or videos. Not games," said Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios. "PS4 games do not work on 4K."

Additionally, according to Polygon, the PlayStation 4 will include apps for streaming television. Apps to access popular video on demand subscription and pay-per-use services like Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Netflix and others should be included, but these days, that should almost be a default feature, a feature that goes without saying.
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Re: Sony's new PlayStation 4 for social gaming and home theater expansion

I could only image a game at 4k! Maybe PS5 will have it.

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Re: Sony's new PlayStation 4 for social gaming and home theater expansion

So should I wait for this as a Blu Ray player. Not really concerned about the gaming side. Or just get the Oppo BDP-103?
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I will wait until it is in the market to buy.
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Re: Sony's new PlayStation 4 for social gaming and home theater expansion

I am interested.. My concern for the 4k movies is that 4k definition movies require 100GB downloads!

Most ISP have caps and if you go past your normal range, you get bumped to the next level and the costs go up as well..

Granted, you would need 4K tv to see the 4K content but still 100GB downloads!
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Dang Im not ready to buy another gaming system. Hopefully support will continue for the ps3 for a few years, I just bought an xbox 360 for Christmas. Should be an impressive system
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PS3 will have support thru end of 2015 per gamespot.
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I am planing a Mancave at the mo and I have a PS3 in the living room already but I will need a second for the Cave. I'm not sure whether I want a PS4 or a second PS3?
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Re: Sony's new PlayStation 4 for social gaming and home theater expansion

Since the PS4 is downward compatible with PS3 games, worth looking at the PS4.. Also, PS4 is going forward so at least for the moment, it will be somewhat future proof..

Of course if price is an issue, then the PS3 will be better since that will drop in price more as PS4 is shipped out..
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Re: Sony's new PlayStation 4 for social gaming and home theater expansion

Any idea on what the price tag will be for the new PS4?
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