Monday, 18 November 2013
The Playstation 4 hits the 1m sales mark in 24 hours
Sony's highly anticipated PlayStation 4 gaming console is finally here.
The $400 PS4 started shipping Friday in the U.S. and Canada and will be released in various other countries through December and in Japan in February. This is Sony's first new gaming console since 2006, when it started shipping the PlayStation 3.
The console's launch comes just a week ahead of Microsoft's Xbox One, which will ship on Nov. 22 for $500. Microsoft and Sony have been in a see-saw battle for dominance in the game-console market, with Nintendo being the third major competitor. The consoles also face indirect competition from mobile devices and gaming handhelds such as Nvidia's Shield.
Sony's PlayStation 4 is faster than its predecessor, and also is able to render more realistic graphics for a better gaming experience, according to Sony. It also provides a better streaming experience for online gaming and is better equipped for social networking. Users will be able to post game images and stream live gameplay video on social networking sites through the console and the "Share" button on the new DualShock 4 wireless controller.
The hardware has eight powerful x86 CPU coress, code-named Jaguar, and graphics cores that deliver 1.84 teraflops of performance. Other features in the console include a 500GB hard drive and 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Sony has said that the PS4 has been "future-proofed" for up to a decade with the aim to give the console a longer shelf life.
The PS4 also has specialized hardware to speed up the delivery of online games. A remote play feature allows games to be transferred to the PlayStation Vita console, and Sony wants to make every PS4 game compatible with Vita in the future. Remote play features will also be available so games can be streamed from the PS4 to Android and iOS devices.
The game console is closely tied to the PlayStation Network (PSN), and users will be able to try games before they download them. Social networking sites including Facebook and Ustream have been integrated with the network. Users will be able to use an avatar or a real name to describe themselves.
There are about 180 games in development for the PlayStation, Sony said.
Culled from Techhive.