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Sony PS4 game console technical details – Part II

2019-04-14 Game No comment

Following the show at the E3 Entertainment Expo, Sony introduced the full specification of its next-generation PlayStation 4 console. Directly docked with Microsoft's Xbox One, these details give us closer to understanding the full capabilities of this new machine.

The first part of this article introduces the main and graphics processors, internal memory, RAM and integrated Blu-ray drives. Here we handle video and sound output, connection specifications, DualShock 4 controllers and available accessory and optional accessories.

Video and audio output

When the PS3 and Xbox 360 were released, the analog connection was the most common way to connect the console to the TV. Display technology has evolved at an alarming rate over the past few years, so the PS4 has only digital output. For video, the HDCP-encrypted HDMI port is the only option, and for sound, in addition to the audio on the HDMI output, there is a Toslink SPDIF fiber connection.

Wired and wireless connection

The wireless options on the PlayStation 4 will take the form of a built-in 802.11 b / g / n wireless network connection and integrated Bluetooth 2.1. The wired connection uses a Gigabit Ethernet port [also backward compatible with 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX], two USB 3.0 ports and a custom auxiliary port for connecting to the PlayStation Camera motion detection device.

The controller [see details below] uses Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology for wireless connectivity, although the USB port can be used to charge and play low battery games. The USB port maintains power supply even when the console is turned off.

Regulator

The DualShock 4 is the new standard PS4 controller that includes several new features compared to its predecessor, the DualShock 3. The first is a built-in, clickable capacitive touchpad on the front of the controller. Another new feature is the light bar on the front of the device that can display different colors and can be used to identify players in multiplayer games or to indicate low battery levels. External cameras also use light bars to measure movement and depth. Motion detection is improved with a three-axis gyroscope and a three-axis accelerometer, with improved vibration.

Some buttons have been modified. When the SHARE button is introduced, the START and SELECT buttons have been removed and replaced with a single OPTIONS button, usually to allow images, videos or statistics to be uploaded from their game. Joysticks and triggers have also been redesigned.

The controller has a 3.5mm stereo jack and a micro USB port for charging and connecting the console when charging in the controller is not sufficient to continue wireless playback.

Regarding the backward compatibility of the controller, the new console will support the PlayStation Move controller, but the DualShock 3 will not be compatible with the PS4. Sony will install a free PS4 controller on the console, plus a unit for $59 or £44.

accessories

In addition to the DualShock 4 wireless controller [see above], the Sony PS4 will also be equipped with a free mono headset that can be plugged into the controller. Although the free headset is mono, the connection jack on the controller can output a stereo signal.

The PS4 kit will also include an HDMI cable, but since there is no analog port on the console, it does not include other video cables, but if this is the only connection option, users can purchase some kind of digital to analog converter for them.

The PlayStation 4 Eye camera is not included in the standard retail package, but is available as an accessory for $59 or £54.

Finally, let's take a look at the technical specifications of the Sony PlayStation 4. Please pay attention to other articles to compare the relevance of the new console to its main competitor Xbox One.

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