Playstation 4 Specs Guide

Complete PS4 Specs (Continually Updated) CPU, GPU, Memory, Storage, Ports

Check out the handy table below for the full specs on the PS4 as they currently stand.

PlayStation 4 Console Specs
Feature PS4
CPU AMD x86 Jaguar 1.6GHZ 8-Core
GPU AMD next-generation Radeon-based graphics GPU with 18 compute units - The PlayStation 4 is capable of producing up to 1.84 TFLOPS.
RAM 8GB of GDDR5 - The PlayStation 4 uses a unified 8 GB GDDR5 RAM setup, providing both the CPU and GPU with 176GB/sec of unified memory.
Physical Media Blu-ray Disk - 6x CAV Blu-ray BD-ROM + 8x CAV DVD
Storage - Hard Drive 500 GB Hard Drive - The PlayStation 4's hard drive will be upgradeable similar to how the PS3 is currently set up.
Game DVR Yes - The PlayStation 4 natively supports the option to record and upload gameplay to social media or online streaming services using the built-in "Share" button. The PS4 automatically records the last few minutes of gameplay for you so that you can easily pick what you want to upload.

It has its own compression system and uploads the content in the background while you continue playing. Video services include Twitch, Ustream, YouTube, and more. Free software entitled "SHAREfactory allows you to edit videos before uploading

Cloud Storage Yes - The PlayStation 4 uses a cloud-based storage system to collect all your account data, and saved games, making them available anywhere you're signed in.
USB Ports Three - The PlayStation 4 uses two USB 3.0 ports for different companion devices in addition to a dedicated jack for the PS Eye.
Mandatory Game Installs Yes - Game installations are mandatory on the PlayStation 4 with install times ranging from seconds to minutes. Gamers do not need to wait for the install to finish before being able to play the game. This was an optional feature on some PS3 games.
"Always Online" No - The PlayStation 4 does not require an internet connection for playing games. However, syncing to PlayStation Now and accessing the PSN will obviously require internet access.
Console Home Yes - Users can nominate one PS4 console to be their "home" device, which means all content will be available for anyone to use including PlayStation Plus access. Signing into a PSN account will not be necessary on a "home" console.
Used Game Fee No - There are currently no programs or requirements in place regarding used games. They function as if they were new.
Backwards Capability No - The PlayStation 4 uses an entirely new architecture for processing game data, which makes it completely incompatible with past PlayStation games. However, with PlayStation Now's cloud-based streaming service, gamers will have access to PS1, PS2, and PS3 games to stream directly to their device.
Second Screen PlayStation Vita, Smartphones, Tablets - Sony released a PlayStation app shortly after the release of the PS4 that allows for remote game purchases, second screen navigation, and connectivity with your account.

Users can make purchases in the PSN store, wake up their console, and install games with a secondary device.

Motion Control PS Eye 2.0 + PS Move - The PlayStation 4 uses the newly redesigned PS Eye for motion tracking and information processing. The device can track players and deliver game information like low health to their controllers. The PS3's Move devices will be supported by the PS4.

All PS4s come pre-installed with Playroom, a virtual space that utilizes the PS Eye to interact with the environment. This free tech demo is also updated constantly with additional free downloads that add mini-games to the experience.

Subscription Service Yes - The PlayStation 4 requires a PlayStation Plus membership for access to online games. Single player games, free-to-play games, and games that can be played offline will not require a monthly subscription.

Users can also sign into their account on any PS4 and access their library of games provided they download a portion of it first.

PSN Account Transferable - Sony has confirmed existing PlayStation Plus accounts will carry over to the PS4.
Operating System New - The PlayStation 4 uses a new OS and user interface called the PlayStation Dynamic Menu. Users can instantly switch from playing a game to other social media options and even suspend gameplay to continue right away at a later time. It no longer relies on the XrossMediaBar for navigation.
Internet Connection Gigabit Ethernet + WiFi
BlueTooth Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)
Audio/Video Connections HDMI input and output (up to 4K resolution support on images and movies only) + Optical output - The PlayStation 4 comes packaged with a HDMI cable.
Region Locked No
Price $399 USD
€399 EUR
£349 GBP
$549 AUD

How the PS4 came to be

Playstation 4 Specs Guide

Moving away from custom Cell architecture that cost Sony millions of dollars in research and development during the PS3 years, the new console instead uses a custom AMD “Jaguar” x86-64 instruction set that will make it more attuned to modern PCs. This was intentionally sought out after the poor reception from developers when they tried porting games onto the PS3 from Xbox 360 architecture.

It was also a pain for developers to always have to customize game code to fit the PS3. By unifying the way developers make games (the Xbox One will use the same CPU architecture), it will be cheaper overall to design and code the next generation software.

The PlayStation 4 uses a custom APU set from AMD. The CPU consists of eight x86-64 cores and runs concurrently with its GPU, which consists of 18 compute units and a theoretical peak performance of 1.84 teraflops. However, this performance will technically never be fully realized in games or the various utilities running on the PS4 and should be considered the maximum of what the console can handle. This is in line with midrange gaming PCs and the Xbox One hardware specs.

Both the CPU and GPU will share the same memory processing pool when it comes to dedicated RAM so that graphics processing and utility OS functions will take what they need when they need it. Instead of the CPU holding onto a chunk of the memory pool even when not in use, the shared design ensures the console is getting the most performance when processing graphics data.The PS4 will also have a secondary custom chip for handling background OS functions like downloads, uploads, and user interface options.

The PlayStation 4 will use 8 GB of GDDR5 dedicated RAM, which puts it ahead of the Xbox One in terms of raw bandwidth (176 GB/s) that can be processed at any one instance. While both consoles have 8 gigabytes of total RAM, the PS4 can process more information at once than the Xbox One. While technically meaningless considering the midrange PC specs on both consoles not really requiring more beyond 8 gigabytes, the PS4 could process more information and produce less slowdown if the user is streaming games or doing something else actually requiring the full RAM pool.

For gamers wealthy enough to afford the nice television sets, the PS4 will be able to support gaming running at 1080p with the ability to run movies and images at 4K resolution. Don’t expect the PS4 to render games at 4K because the technology to consistently do so without frying the APU inside your console does not exist cheaply yet.

The PS4 has two USB 3.0 ports in addition to a special auxiliary port for the PlayStation Eye. Sony has smartly designed their companion motion control device to have its own dedicated port so that gamers don’t have to sacrifice one for a device that’s almost necessary for future gaming. The PS4 controller is able to charge using the ports even if the system is in standby mode, which is a major step-up from the previous console. Honestly, who made the conscious decision not to include this feature in the PS3? I hope they got kicked in the stones when they were in “standby” mode.

New Toys and Tech
PS4 4 Specs New Toys and TechAmong the new and improved applications and tech features like a faster Blu-ray disc drive, the PlayStation 4 also comes with second screen capabilities through your PS Vita, smartphone, or tablet. Secondary screens can also wake up and log into your PS4 to initiate downloads or stream games onto another device. Sony released a new PlayStation app specifically for this feature so that users can access their system and chat with their friends on the go.This is of course a major step forward in social gameplay that allows PS4 owners to make game time anytime. Yes, I realize that sentence sounded dangerously cheesy. Cheetos. I should get some cheetos.

If the user chooses, a title can be purchased and downloaded in the background without interrupting the other features on the PSN. For users looking for an expanded entertainment experience, the new PSN allows subscription services through the PlayStation store like the Sony’s Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited series.

The new home screen features a combination of the latest offers from third-party vendors you’re subscribed to (e.g. your Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu) and the latest content from your friends. This includes new streamed content, their newly acquired trophies, and social media uploads. From the PS4’s home screen, you can also multitask by browsing the PlayStation Store for the latest titles or DLC while browsing the worldwide web looking at pictures of grumpy cats and chatting to friends online and in-game. Game invitations, shared in-game gifts from friends, and newly acquired items for participating in different events will also show up on the PS4 home screen when you select specific games in your library to view.

Games will also have their own dedicated tab that you can view for further information similar to how Steam currently has their games sorted based on different hubs. Within these game tabs, you can view what your friends have been doing in that game, their achievements, your own achievements, a newsfeed for updates and bug fixes from developers, newly gifted items received from friends or promotions, and more.

Privacy now works on a two tier system where your close friends can view your real name, location, and other detailed information while online friends can only view your online identity. When you become friends with someone, detailed information is only provided via a "Real Name Request" that you can send them. Otherwise, only basic info is shown.

Arguably one of the best new features about the PS4 is known as PlayGo, where all titles on the console can be downloaded while you play the game. While the initial setup and install may take a while, the PS4 does not require you to install the full game in order to play. For example, if you’re playing the next Uncharted game on the PS4, you only need to download the first level of the game to start playing while the rest downloads in the background. Since the PlayStation Store will have digital downloads of new titles the day physical copies are released, you could immediately start playing the next hot release right away.

The PlayStation 4 will not require a transfer fee for buying used games and while the console is not backwards capable with the PS2 or PS3, you can stream any game in the PlayStation library with the PlayStation Now cloud service. It is currently unknown whether these titles will have to be purchased again from the PlayStation store or if Sony plans on digitizing your own library somehow.

Sony PS4 Conference Video - Specs Detailed:

Eye See You
The PlayStation Eye -- PS4 CameraThe PlayStation Eye has been completely redesigned for the eighth generation console to take advantage of 3D image capturing and inter-connectivity with the PS4 controller. Aside from the increased number of cameras (you get two!), wider range, sleeker design, four different camera options, and recognition for up to six people, the PS Eye will have voice recognition and costs $60. Previous PlayStation Move companion devices will be supported on the PS4 although there are currently no planned new features for them. For the nitty-gritty technical specs, check out this handy table below.

PlayStation Eye Hardware Specs
Feature PS Eye
External Dimensions 186mm X 27mm X 27mm
Width X Height X Depth
Weight Approximately 183g
Video Pixels A maximum of 1280 X 800 pixels X 2 (Two built-in cameras)
Video Frame Rate 1280 X 800 pixels @ 60fps
640 X 400 pixels @ 120fps
320 X 192 pixels @ 240fps
Video Format RAW + YUV (uncompressed)
Lens Dual lenses with a F value/F2.0 fixed focus
Capture Range Approximately 30cm
Field-of-View Approximately 85 degrees
Microphone 4-channel microphone array
Connection Type PS4 dedicated AUX port
Cable Length Approximately 2m

The DualShock 4
The PS4 DualShock 4The PlayStation 4 controller maintains the same general shape (Sony has improved the design to be more comfortable) of previous DualShock controllers and improves upon existing features with new tech. Despite being similar in appearance, the PS3 controller will not be compatible with the eighth generation console due to all the improved or new tech features crammed into the DualShock 4. You still get two analog sticks, two analog triggers (L2 and R2), the iconic triangle, circle, square, and X face buttons, the L1 and R1 buttons, and four individual directional buttons. You also get the neat-o L3 and R3 on the analog sticks. The DualShock 4 retails for $59.99 USD.

Improvements to the controller include a brand new material over the two analog sticks that Sony has claimed to be more comfortable than previous DualShocks. They have also been redesigned to have a circular ridge along the edge of the analog sticks to increase precision when gamers play. The L3 and R3 push buttons on the analog sticks have increased responsiveness, which means something depending on how you rated the previous responsiveness on these two buttons.

The DualShock 4 will have some motion control via a three-axis gyroscope and three-axis accelerometer that the PlayStation eye will recognize. There is an additional vibration feature using multiple motors to give players better immersion with the game they’re playing.

Most gamers will probably notice the rather large touchpad on the center of the controller that also acts as an additional click button. Thus far we've seen this touchpad used for everything from switching weapons, to navigating maps and inventory .

For PlayStation Eye support, the DualShock 4 has a built-in light bar that will transfer information from the game to the controller via different light sequences depending on the context. For example, if a player’s health is low, the DualShock 4 will begin flashing its light bar. A more creative use was seen in Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition where the bar would flash orange and red while holding a torch in the game. In addition to the new light bar sensor on the DualShock 4, there are also two ports for a headset and a mini-USB cable for charging purposes. A headset is included with the purchase of a PS4 although there is also a mono speaker on the controller itself that delivers in-game sounds.

There are two new buttons featured on the PS4 controller: Share and Options. The Options button located on the right side of the DualShock 4 incorporates both the Start and Select button from the previous controller into a single button. I think Options pretty much sums up what the button offers to gamers and developers. The Share button is an entirely new feature for the console that promotes Sony’s new position on social gameplay. When a player hits the Share button, holds it down, or taps it twice, various things can happen depending on the settings. You can upload recorded video to friends online or through social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook. You can also do the same with screenshots from within the game, adding a caption as well if you'd like.

Post your PS4 Spec(s) comments down below.

Article by - Collin Mak
Insert Date: 6/3/2013
Article updated: 12/17/14

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Backwards Capability

"Backwards Capability No - The PlayStation 4 uses an entirely new architecture for processing game data, which makes it completely incompatible with past 360 games. However, with Gaikai's cloud-based streaming service, gamers will have access to PS1, PS2, and PS3 games." I would assume it wouldent be able to play past 360 games even if it was backwards compatable.

Have Xbox on the mind did we

Lol, of course PS4 isn't compatible with 360 games.... That would be a conflict of interest... Just pointing that out... :)

Pay for online MP games????

So am I reading this correctly? Thats one of the reasons I was loyal to PS bc they didnt charge like Xbox...I mean freaking come on...we already pay for the internet in our house! Then to charge to access the network???? Sick of these corporations nickel and diming the consumer to boost profit when they already make tons of money.

quit crying

nothings for free, get outta mommies basement, get a job. quit blaming everyone else, especially your rich 'corporations'. ooooh the evil profit, get real

shut up

dude shut up we all bought the ps3 for one reason it had free mp thats what made it special i have a job but i still want it to be free just like everyone else.

As to how you got said "Job"

As to how you got said "Job" with such atrocious spelling and typographical skills is anyone's guess.

are you working for microsoft

anyone that make a comment like that putting aside the juvinile insults has to be part of the problem i bet you have a greed is good sticker somewhere and if you dont that is what you are saying.

Understandable

i can deal with paying alittle if it means, better server maintinence, maybe more dedicated servers and better security.

pay for online mp games

Agree why should we have to pay if we ourselfs pay for our internet and we provide it

agreed

It is mostly what separated the PlayStation from XBOX - the free online. If they do charge for online - they are pushing people to XBOX since they've always charged anyway. I don't play online much but when I do it drives me crazy with the kids and the mouths going. Paying for that would be even more annoying!

hey

I refuse to pay for online gaming on a continual basis. If sony stays that route they have lost my business. They are not going broke, by not charging for online gaming that is a nice courtesy to customers. Please do not charge for basic online gaming. I refuse to buy any more games or consoles if thats what you choose to do sony. If everyone complains and refuses to buy im sure they will change their minds they are just getting greedy. The games are 60 to hundred dollars the console is 500 dollars the controllers are 60 dollars come on man.

You have a point....

Agreed. If I must pay to play online then there is only one question left... Will I buy it, or will I not. Some may not be able to afford. If you don't like it then don't buy it. Or only invest into offline games. I would expect great service if we must pay. Reliable &secure. This is America.. Nothing good comes for free. Grow up & realize that if you havn't already.

Check the math on this one....

How is it that a company that has been giving you something for free is boosting their profit? PSN has been a financial drain on Sony since day one! Ever wonder why it takes 30 minutes to get into an MP game in so many of those PlayStation3 titles? Because the network is crap! Sony has needed to do a PSN overhaul for years, about 6 of them. Overhauls cost a lot of money. I applaud that Sony is taking action in the best interest of REAL gamers and is not content just sticking with people who pick it "because it's the free one". The 360 has been the better gaming machine for the last 7 1/2 years for one reason, in my opinion - their awesomely-supported-fast-running-PREMIUM network. Gaming is a luxury not a right, so dust off your wallet and shell out $50 a year and support the company you have been content to mooch off of for the better part of a decade. Bottom line, it is their job to make great games and a network to play them on. I wouldn't ask anyone to do their job for free. Besides, even at $50 a year, it is still $10 less than XBOX.

I ALREADY GOT THE PS4!!!!

my uncle works for sony and so far it is pretty sweet. cant play online yet but the demos are pretty sweet.

No Way

You are full of it! Nobody will have access to it yet. Not even you.

Just another squeaker....

Faux-Swagger? Check. Lies about getting NG Console before anyone else? Check. All of this points to a little 8-year old, pre-pubescent squeaker boy bragging to try and garner even moderate "rights" to fame for having hardware before anyone else. So, if you have the console, what are the demos? How large is the HDD? How did you access these said demos?

Agree that it's a kid

...But the harddrive actually is confirmed to be 500gb (that's too little for my opinion, I'd like 1 or 2TB)

I have 5 of them and play

I have 5 of them and play them all at the same time. So there...............hahahahaha

Cooling System

I wonder what cooling system they start out with this time cause they always seem to start out with a fan and then make a slimmer one with a liquid cooling system and beef up the memory.

WFT SONY!!

pay to play online big messtake in my book

Does PS4 support PS3 games?

Is the new PS supporting PS3 games? If no then i have to sell all my games :(

That's not true.

The PS4 has been confirmed to support all downloaded games from the PS3. Whether it is a PSN game or a full title like Assassins Creed 3 or Madden 13.

Go Hard

Set up a gaming pc for $3000 and be done with it.

Get Real

On planet Earth some people must budget their money. We're not all wealthy. I'm glad Sony gets that. I see that you don't.

Go Easy

Build a gaming PC for about $350. Im not a PC fanboy, you just made a comment that are not a person favor. Please see this video to get yo fact straight: http://youtu.be/pP88nWrHAkE

Get Real

On planet Earth some people must budget their money. We're not all wealthy. I'm glad Sony gets that. I see that you don't.

PS4 can't play PS3 games??

I got a lots of my favourites game.....all need to sell off....any possible to play PS3 games?

Don't Sell your old games!!!

Just because the PS4 is coming out, it doesn't mean you have to sell your old PS3 and games. Keep the system and games for when you are wanting to play them. One thing I would wish for, is that Sony & Gaikai would allow users to who have older gen games to scan or input their UPC codes that way they are able to stream their older games without having to purchase them all over again. Seeing as how the only measure of BC we are going to have is through the use of the Gaikai Streaming network.

Backwards compatibility

Backwards compatibility should really be on ps4.i have a lot of my favorite games on ps3

I completely agree! i have so

I completely agree! i have so many games that would be great to play on the new system, only to find out that they would be incompatable? FRACK!

this time next year, you will

this time next year, you will be able to play almost your entire library of PS3 games on the PS4 via cloud service..so, in a way, it is backwards compatible

Charge for Online Gameplay

To the earlier comment about playstation previously focusing on single player games, Xbox on multiplayer, and that playstation was/is losing money allowing games played free online. I can understand your argument that if they had money coming in for the network gaming they could have better servers etc. I have 2 points to this: 1 as a earlier comment stated Sony is a multi-billion dollar company they could afford to build their servers out of gold if they wanted. 2 Sony should be obligated to provide the service for free. Why because I just dropped a chunk of cash on their console and not their competitor, I just bought the game they are probably getting piece of the profits on, and lastly I'm already paying $50 for high speed internet, why would I want to spend more to play a game with some punk a$$ little kids that want to act stupid, and cuss and threaten people that are twice their size instead of playing the game. On a personal note I tend to play single player games, and game like Battlefield Bad Company 1 and 2 and Black Ops 1 and 2, I don't even play offline, I only play those online. So for me to buy those games I would have to buy the member ship also, which probably means I wont at all. I will still buy a PS4, F the Xbox, I would still be a little happier with the free online gaming.

psn accounts

If I buy madden25 on my psn account for ps3. Will it play on my ps4 or will I have to buy it again. And if it does play will it play the same as ps4 version.

It looks like they will keep

It looks like they will keep bringing out ps3 games for a few years. BF4, cod ghost also beyond two souls and the next GTA seem to be for ps3 only.

yes

yes all the games for up to 3 years i believe they said will still release for ps3 also

I'll put it simply...

Now obviously, I can't say this with 100% certainty, but considering they still released PS2 games for years (one of the newest Madden 12, I believe) I am positive that they will be releasing PS3 games for years to come.

ps4 cooler

I think ps4 temperature will be cooler cuzz the ps4 is called to be better than the ps4 so the ps4 must have a lower opertating temp

I'm done with Sony since it's

I'm done with Sony since it's not backwards compatible, and charge for online now. I'll go XBox, because most of friends have Xbox anyway.Don't want to be the lone ranger, and taking it up the butt too.

ummmm!

if you buy the xb1, you will be the new lone ranger coz ur buddies will have ps4s now. up to you!

I don't care whose it better.....

I dislike consoles, period. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but love games....on the PC! I've been around for a long time. Bought my first computer and still have it, Atari 800!! Give me a mouse and a keyboard any day over console controller. The only thing I can agree with is the removal or mod of DRM. I've noticed when playing online, peeps tend to be 'clickish'. And if you're not part of the 'click' then they don't want to help ya or be friendly to ya. Enjoy your new console, whatever they may be. Is good, no...si' Jose

WHY?

why post here, mate?

$50.00

As a current user of plus the $50 bucks gets you more than just access to on-line you do get free games, wall papers, themes etc. Yes it is $50 but break it down by month and it is less than one grande latte from Starbucks a month.

Paying for Online Access

I am upset that playstation is trying to charge for access to online play. For me that has been a huge selling point for me compared to the X Box. I am not poor nor am I rich I dont think it right for them to offer free this long and now all of the sudden start charging access for it seems to me they are trying to make additional money that they really do not need. PS is a multi billion dollar company and I believe they would be fine still offering online access for free. I also feel this will cause more people to stick with there PS3 and not upgrade for this reason, unless they come back and begin charging everyone access even those who stick with the PS3. Concerned Gamer

Really?

Sony is losing money on there console because the PS4 is a powerful machine. They gotta get there money through accessories and services, and to be honest, PS Plus is an awesome service and a hell of a deal for just $50 a year. Free games, exclusives, and seriously so much more. Seriously, get over it and spend the $50

Better Security

One of the main concerns from the free online access was security concerns. If you have remembered a few times back PS4 has been hacked and on some occasions would not be able to access online play. For better security especially if money is going to be involved with credit cards ( for online downloads, apps, arcade game downloads, etc onto HDD), one year membership for $50 isn't that bad. If they do do a 3 or 6 month playstation plus that would be great so that you can efficiently manage your play time more wisely, if you are not an active gamer.

Online Fact

I think what nobody seems to realize is that Xbox has always had better online gaming because they have contracts with the gaming companies. Sony has always been behind because they have not been charging users to play. If Sony isn't bringing in extra money, then they can't really get the contracts to make the connectivity better. It really doesn't have a lot to do with Sony's servers. It's more in the ways the users connect to the content that is facilitated by the gaming companies. If they are going to start charging for online content, we should for sure expect a premium connection to the gaming content the same way Xbox has come to expect. If you think about it, Sony charging can only be good for the user in the long run.

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