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PS4 Launch Day Buyer's Guide: Games, Gear, And More

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

FAQ

Can I upgrade the 500GB hard drive? 

Yes, you can upgrade the hard drive, just as long as the thickness is 9.5mm or under and larger than 160GB.  

Will it support an external HDD?

Nope. Sadly it will not.

Can PlayStation 4 play PS3 games?

No. PS4 will not support PS3 Blu-ray discs or downloadable titles. You can thank the Cell Processor for that.

Can I use a DualShock 3 with PlayStation 4?

No. And why would you want to in the first place? Seriously, once you go DualShock 4, you'll never want to go back.

Can I watch Blu-ray and DVD movies on the system?

Of course! Despite PS4 being primarily a game console, it will still serve many of your other entertainment needs.

How about CDs?

No. Audio CD will not be supported.

Is there a Day One update for the system?

Yes. You'll need to update your PlayStation 4 to version 1.50 when you first plug it in. Fortunately, you'll be able to play disc-based games while the update is downloading.

What if I don't have my PS4 connected to the internet?

You can download the update to a USB drive and then transfer it to the console.

Will any of the announced features not be available at launch?

Yes. Wireless headset support, Suspend/Resume mode, and controller sharing over PSN to help a friend all will be coming at a later date.

How many friends can I have on PSN?

Up to 2,000. A vast improvement over the PS3's 100-friend limitation.

Can I change my PSN ID?

Nope. You're stuck with the name you have.

Will all retail games be available digitally on launch day?

That all depends on the publisher. 

Does PS4 support used games?

Yes.

Can I share/trade my games with friends?

Yes.

Does the console require an "always on" internet connection?

Nope.

How long is the DualShock 4 battery life?

Approximately the same length of the DualShock 3. And it will charge when plugged into the console even when it is in standby mode.

How many controllers does PS4 support at one time?

The console supports the use of four controllers simultaneously.

Does the console come with a headset?

Yes, a mono headset is packed in with the console.

Does PS4 support cross-game chat?

Yes. Up to eight gamers can chat in a single party.

Will the Move controller work on PS4?

Yes. The Move controller will work, so long as you have the PlayStation Camera.

Does PS4 support Remote Play on Vita?

Yes. Remote Play will work for all games that don't require the use of the PlayStation Camera.

Will it work over a 3G connection?

No. You've gotta use Wi-Fi.

Do I have to pay to play online multiplayer?

Yes. To play games online on PS4, you have to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber.

What else does a PlayStation Plus subscription get me?

Access to free games via the Instant Game Collection, PlayStation Store discounts, online game saves, and automatic downloads.

Do I need a separate PS Plus subscription for PS4?

No. If you already have a PlayStation Plus subscription for PlayStation 3/Vita, that will carry over to PS4.

What does that Share button do?

You'll be able to record and share gameplay videos with the simple click of that button. You can also share screenshots and live stream gameplay as well.

Where can I share this content?

You can share videos on Facebook and screenshots via Facebook and Twitter. You can stream live gameplay via Twitch and Ustream.

Do I need a PlayStation Plus subscription to share content?

No.
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