Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sony's next-generation PlayStation 4 is here. The sleek console features an 8-core x86 AMD Jaguar chip and 8 gigs of DDR5 memory. It's Sony's first console since the PlayStation 3, which was released in 2006. The PlayStation 4 isn't a cube, but actually a tilted parallelogram. It's also small at only 10.8 inches by 12 inches. The console can lay on its side, or can be placed vertically with a stand, which you can purchase separately for $14.99. The PlayStation 4's front is bisected by an LED light, which beats blue when the console is starting up and white when it's on. The back of the console is where all the heat prevent from overheating. It also holds the power, HDMI, optical, ethernet and PlayStation Camera ports.

The PlayStation 4 features a newly redesigned controller, the DualShock 4. While some parts of the old controller have remained, such as the iconic shape-face buttons, it's a big step from the previous PlayStation 3 controller. The biggest new feature is the controller's touchpad in the center, which boasts multitouch gestures just like most smartphones. It can also be clicked like a trackpad. 

The PlayStation 4 has its own camera, sold separately from the console for $59.99. It features two lenses to see 3D images, along with a microphone array to detect sound.