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Sony Reveals More PS4 and Dual Shock 4 Details 242

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from the cool-sunglasses dept.
Yesterday, Sony gave a presentation explaining a bit about the new PS4 hardware, the development environment (Windows 7 based IDE), and the changes to the Dual Shock controller. From the article: "The system is also set up to run graphics and computational code synchronously, without suspending one to run the other. Norden says that Sony has worked to carefully balance the two processors to provide maximum graphics power of 1.843 teraFLOPS at an 800Mhz clock speed while still leaving enough room for computational tasks. The GPU will also be able to run arbitrary code, allowing developers to run hundreds or thousands of parallelized tasks with full access to the system's 8GB of unified memory. ... The DualShock 4 controller that's standard on the PS4 eliminates one feature that was seldom used on the PS3 —the analog face buttons..." The trackpad will support two touch points, the rumble motors can be controlled more finely, and the analog sticks were tweaked for "reduced dead zone and better feeling tension that grips your thumbs."
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Sony Reveals More PS4 and Dual Shock 4 Details

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  • by tepples (727027) <tepples@nOSpAM.gmail.com> on Thursday March 28, 2013 @10:46AM (#43302933) Homepage Journal
    Fortunately, for people who want a Linux box and a game console in one package, Ouya comes out this June. I have no need for Sony.
  • Nuh uh (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fyngyrz (762201) on Thursday March 28, 2013 @11:02AM (#43303099) Homepage Journal

    No hardware compatibility, no emulation == no buy.

    And I agree with you: I *am* going to hold my nose because of that linux thing. That was uncalled for. "Here! Have this console with this feature! Got it? Ok, yeah, that feature? We're taking that out."

    I just can't see giving Sony any more money; as they chose to make it so that only used, older units will play the titles in my game library, then so be it: Used, older units is what I will buy when the ones I have go nipples north. I've already dedicated more shelves (and system inputs) to game machines than most people bother to; no more.

    There's a silver lining to this, too... the used game market for the previous and earlier generation machines is inexpensive and rich with titles. Couldn't find and play all the good ones if I played one a day for the rest of my life. There are a few titles that have basically infinite re-playability, too, because they're about interacting with other people. So.... pfbbbt.

  • by InsaneLampshade (890845) on Thursday March 28, 2013 @11:33AM (#43303407) Homepage Journal
    1.8 teraflops, 800MHz clock speed... so they're aiming for a GPU with roughly the same power of something nVidia released in 2010?

    Not to mention only 8GB RAM shared between GPU & CPU, I'm sure that'll last us for years to come!
  • Re:DNAS error -103 (Score:2, Interesting)

    by CastrTroy (595695) on Thursday March 28, 2013 @01:57PM (#43304869) Homepage
    Oh, I haven't played PlayStation in so long I forgot about the joysticks as pressable buttons issue. I can't believe that anybody really thought that was a good control mechanism. As if 4 thumb plus 4 shoulder buttons plus start and select wasn't enough already, they had to make the joysticks into buttons.

    I'm pretty sure that Netflix will develop support for the PS4, although it may or may not be there on release day. As far as blu-ray player goes, you might be better off getting a dedicated blu-ray player as I've known a lot of people with dead drives on their PS3, possibly from playing so many movies. And the same problem happened with DVDs on the PS2.

    As nice as it is to have a single box under your TV that does everything, I can defintely see the pluses of having a dedicated blu-ray player, some kind of Android TV box for Netflix and streaming videos from your file server, and then a console for serious gaming. But I don't think I'd buy a console on release date. It would probably cost close to the price of the TV.
  • Re:Nuh uh (Score:4, Interesting)

    by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968@@@gmail...com> on Thursday March 28, 2013 @02:08PM (#43304983) Journal

    Besides lets be honest folks...its an HTPC. Both MSFT and Sony have gone with low power HTPC chips from AMD...so why not just build an HTPC and have control of the system?

    Hell you can buy a nice AMD Hexacore for $300 [tigerdirect.com] that will curbstomp the chip in the Sony and MSFT consoles, just slap whatever GPU you prefer (If you want to save money the HD4850s are dirt cheap and play most games at 1080P and med/high settings, spend a little more you can get the HD7770 and double the memory and boost the performance by 50%) and whatever OS suits your fancy, I prefer Win 7 but on an HTPC Windows 8 actually works nice as those big ass tiles are easy to hit with a remote and since Valve has ported Steam Linux is always an option, and unlike the consoles its YOURS, want multiple OSes? RUN IT. Want to buy games from a dozen different vendors? DO IT. Nobody has control over the hardware but YOU.

    I could understand the consoles in the past because it was hard to hook a PC to a TV for the average Joes and the consoles used exotic chips that gave them advantages in some areas...but its an AMD Jaguar folks, a bog standard X86 netbook chip, all they did was bolt 2 jaguar quads together and there ya go. I built a system just like the one linked for my oldest and it just blows through games like they were nothing WHILE playing his tunes AND having his chat running AND his browser loaded in the background, it never bogs down. And hooking a PC to a TV is as simple as an HDMI cable now, my mom could do it, it will detect the TV and do all the setup and Bob's your uncle. And if you want the little case? They make VCR looking cases you can use if that is what melts your butter but I've built several HTPCs and when folks see how nice the new cases look they usually just skip the HTPC case.

    So I don't get it this time, like Jim Sterling said about the current consoles they are just crappy PCs [escapistmagazine.com] with all the hassles like long updates and online passes but none of the upsides like cheaper prices and better MP...so why? Its not like you can't plug a wireless controller into a PC, Valve has big picture mode now which makes driving with a wireless thumbstick or remote easy peasy, the games are cheaper, MP lasts longer, hell you can still fire up Counterstrike Classic and be blasting away with dozens of folks inside of 4 minutes, and the best reason it leaves YOU in control of your system, so why? Why get worse prices and all the BS from Sony and MSFT along with gimped hardware? The sad part is when MSFT and Sony move to the Xbox 5 and PS5 they'll abandon the systems but thanks to DMCA they'll make sure nobody can just put out a simple unlock so all that bog standard X86 hardware will be dumpster bait...why put up with that?

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