The day before Sony announced the PlayStation 4, we ran a rundown on the current rumors of the time. Since it was only yesterday that the big announcement was made, we decided to go over the rumors and confirm (or debunk) everything we can.
As of February 2013, no price has been announced for the PlayStation 4.
As mentioned in the previous article, IGN made the bold claim that the PlayStation 4 would use custom chips, most likely based on AMD Radeon chipsets, while Kotaku reported last month the PlayStation 4 will have 8GB RAM. During the big reveal, we were given a list of specifications, proving these rumors to be true:
- Main Processor: Single-chip custom processor (8 core, 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine)
- Memory: GDDR5 8GB
- Optical Drive: BD 6xCAV, DVD 8xCAV
- I/O: USB 3.0, AUX
- Communication: Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1
- AV Output: HDMI, Analog AV out, Digital Output.
The bottom line: The rumors from IGN and Kotaku regarding specs are true.
We can’t confirm or deny release date at this time, because so little information was given in the rumors. The console will release this holiday season, but we don’t know for certain it will come before Microsoft’s Xbox. We can, however, confirm the “developers say it will come in 2014” portion as false.
The name of the console is confirmed to be PlayStation 4, and as such all rumors of the console being named “Orbis” are out the window. However, it might have been possible for the console to be code named this during development.
We got our first look at the official controller last night, and we can say with confidence that both leaked prototype images were legitimate. The new controller looks too much like the prototypes for them to have been faked, and as prototypes the only difference was that they seemed to look for bulky than the current model.
Gaikai has officially announced streaming of previous titles, since the next-generation console will not natively support PlayStation 3 titles. However, all rumors of remote play via smartphones and tablets are out the window – the console games will be played remotely from a PlayStation Vita.