The PlayStation 4 unveiling blew our collective socks off, and Shuhei Yoshida has continued with his excellent policy of engaging with fans on twitter since then, but sometimes you just want a big sheet of facts printed on it.
Luckily this has come out alongside the conference, and we can dive in to find a few extra little details about the machine:
- In terms of storage, we’ll see a 500GB Hard disk drive, which @yosp has since confirmed is replaceable.
- Preliminary dimensions, for those with a ruler handy, are 275x53x305mm (width x height x length). That makes it slightly smaller than the PS3 Slim, and incredibly close to the PS3 Super Slim!
- Those craving USB ports will be disappointed to see that there are just two USB 3.0 ports on the front. The PlayStation Camera uses the dedicated AUX port on the back.
- The PS4 misses out on the very latest wireless standards, but 802.11 n and Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR) are plenty to handle wireless duties. There’s also Ethernet for cable lovers.
- Analogue is dead, as the sole outputs come in the form of HDMI and digital optical audio. That means no more Component video, and as with the PS3, HDCP may preclude external means of recording game footage. Lucky they have a ‘Share’ button.
- Included in the box you will get a PS4, a DS4, a mono headset, power cord, HDMI cable and USB cable.
- That means the PlayStation Camera will be an additional expense, and it’s priced at $59, €49 and £44. Clearly that has helped to bring the cost of the main console down, but we’ll see how that affects support and integration in games.
- Additional DualShock 4 controllers will set you back an eye-watering $59, €59 and £54, thanks to a totally different exchange rate being in use.
- The DualShock 4 still connects via Bluetooth and USB, with the sole difference that it is now a Micro USB port, rather than Mini USB.
- The DS4’s Touch Pad has “2 Point Sensing”, is based on smartphone-like capacitive touch, and also has a “Click Mechanism”. This makes it sound rather like the clicky unified touchpads which (I believe) were first used on on Apple’s MacBook Pro a few years ago.
For those that want to study the specs for themselves, you can have a look at the press release PDF here.
In response to a few questions in the comments, some further clarifications:
- Elsewhere, @yosp has confirmed that the console is region free. Not for movies, but certainly for games.
- The slot for discs is barely visible in the 5th image, but resides on the left hand side, between the two blocks and to the left of the USB ports.
- With regards to legacy accessories, the DualShock 3 is not supported, but Move will be, alongside the new camera. It’s currently unclear about Bluetooth headsets, third party headsets, or racing wheels. Third party headsets will surely struggle without analogue outputs, though.
- The bundled mono headset plugs into the minijack & extension port on the bottom of the DS4.
If you’re more about the pictures, here’s a little gallery of images for your viewing pleasure: