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Posted on Thursday, November 14 @ 00:10:00 PST by GR_Staff

PlayStation 4
Price: $399
Release Date: November 15th, 2013
Notable Specs: 8GB GDDR5 RAM, Blu-Ray Drive, 500GB HDD

Sony is taking everything it's learned from the last generation and using it to make the ultimate gaming console with PS4. Right off the bat, Sony's next-gen console trumps its predecessor in the pricing department with an asking price that is $200 cheaper than the PS3 when it launched back in 2006. The infamous Cell Processor has also been scrapped in an effort to make development as easy as possible. Instead, Sony is opting for a more PC-like, semi-custom AMD-powered x86 CPU that has first-party, third-party, and indie developers all grinning from ear to ear. And then there's the real kicker for fans who appreciate raw technical power, as PlayStation 4 boasts 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, which trumps PS3's RAM sixteen-fold.

In addition to an installed 500GB HDD, each PS4 will come boxed with a DualShock 4 controller, a mono earbud-style headset for voice chat, a power cable, an HDMI cable, and a USB cable to charge Sony's much improved gamepad. Believe it or not, the DualShock 4 will now charge even when the console is powered off, showing up its predecessor in more than just comfort and feature set.

Like its predecessor, the PlayStation 4 will feature a Blu-ray drive, which will play both movies and games. Sadly, PS3 games (which are also on Blu-ray discs) will not be compatible with Sony's new console. That said, users who purchase select cross-generation games will be able to upgrade their PS3 copy to the PS4 version for a small fee. The PS3 disc must be installed on the PlayStation 4 for the next-gen version to run, so despite being able to actually play PlayStation 3 games, it appears that the PS4 Blu-ray drive can indeed recognize the discs. Sony plans to remedy the issue of backwards compatibility down the line with the power of Gaikai, Sony's cloud-based game-streaming service, which is set to launch sometime next year.
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