Recently released documents pertaining to what could be the PS4’s technical specs and controller design could confirm the PS4’s final design. Read all of this with a grain of salt and keep in mind that this is a development kit used to make games, not play them.
According to the documents,found by Kotaku, the PS4 will harbor the following tech specs:
- System Memory: 8GB
- Video Memory: 2.2 GB
- CPU: 4x Dual-Core AMD64 “Bulldozer” (so, 8x cores)
- GPU: AMD R10xx
- Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 2x Ethernet
- Drive: Blu-Ray
- HDD: 160GB
- Audio Output: HDMI & Optical, 2.0, 5.1 & 7.1 channels
As you can see, Sony is again going all out on maximising available hardware to provide a powerful machine capable of blowing us away just like the PS3 did when it launched.
Moving on to the controller, rumors that Sony could be ditching the classic Playstation controller design could be dispelled if Sony sticks to the model used in the Dev. Kit. While it might look similar to the PS3’s Dualshock 3 and Sixaxis controller at first, the main difference seems to be in the back. Instead of the also rumoured touchscreen, Sony seems to be implementing a design similar to that of the PSVita’s by including a capacitative touch-screen to the back of the controller. This can recognize two-point multitouch and can also serve as an extra ‘clickable’ button opening up a new dimension of gaming for game developers to get creative in and take advantage of. The controller will also have a more refined motion detection system to better optimize the Sixaxis technology. An extra button has also been added and that is the ‘share’ button. While the function is still uncertain, we can safely assume that this will allow you to share stats on either your PSN account and maybe other social media services.