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The next generation gaming console from the house of Sony - PlayStation 4 has hit the stores internationally last Friday ie November 15, in the US and Canada. The Japanese electronics giant announced earlier today that it had sold over a million units of the new gaming console. Sony says that it expects to see its sales in the North America grow with good strength.
Like millions of other gamers out there, you probably have the same dilemma, which console should you buy? After spending some time with Sony's console, we've understood its shortcomings and its strong points. Go through the slider below to understand the positive and the negative points of the PS4.
Lets have a quick look at the specifications of Sony's PlayStation 4.
It uses a Single-chip custom processor. There's a low power x86-64 AMD "Jaguar", 8 core CPU and a 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon based graphics engine. The system has 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, a 500GB hard disk drive, and an optical drive that can play Blue-Ray discs (BD x 6 CAV) and DVDs (DVD x 8 CAV).
While it can't support 4K video for games, it can play videos and photos in the ultra high-resolution format. For connectivity, there's ethernet, wi-fi and bluetooth apart from a HDMI outport and digital output.
Some games like Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will look better on the pS4 than on the Xbox One, owing to the superior hardware on Sony's console. The launch line up will include titles like Skylanders: Swap Force, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Battlefield 4 multiplayer and much more.
The Dual Shock 4 gamepad that comes with the Playstation 4 happens to be the most refined controler that Sony has built to date. It might not be revolutionary, but it happens to be the result of Sony's decade plus experience with console designing.
The console is $100 cheaper than the Microsoft Xbox One which is priced at $500 ( about Rs.31,000)
Most powerful hardware console to date
On paper, Sony's PS 4 is significantly more powerful than the Xbox One. It packs powerful hardware in every department, allowing it to be superior to Microsoft's upcoming console when it comes to specifications.
However, it is worth noting that developers will tune their games such that they look equally good on both consoles.
The consoel packs 4K support. 4K is a video standard that's 4 times better than HD Video.
None of the games exclusive to the Playstation 4 have anythingradically new or amazing about them. Agreed, they are exciting titles. But then, they don't do justice to the whole 'next gen' console tradition.
If you've been a careful collector of Playstaion 3 games, then its time to put them up for sale on ebay, because the PS4 will not be able to play them.
Currently the console cannot play MP3s through storage devices connected to its USB ports. It can't use CDs either, meaning that you can only use it to play Blu-Ray discs and DVDs.
The PS4, unlike the Xbox One, has not been designed to replace your set up box, or your media center or anything else. Even though it has NetFlix, Hulu Plus and Amazon, it has been designed to compliment your living room set up, but not to dominate it.
Even though your PS4 can play videos and display photos in 4K resolution, it can't do the same with video games.