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PlayStation 4 review
Last Friday Sony started sales of PlayStation 4 gaming console. The previous version of the console has been released about 7 years ago and was extremely popular.
PlayStation 4 Hardware specs
PlayStation 4 is powered by modern eight-core AMD Jaguar processor with Radeon graphics customized for specific needs of the console. PS4 equipped by 8 GB of RAM, 500GB HDD and Blu-Ray drive. Connectivity of the console is powered by HDMI, USB 3.0, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Sony PlayStation 4 comes with DualShock 4 Wireless Controller equipped by touchpad , gyroscope, accelerometer and light.
PlayStation 4 reviews by experts
The console got many positive reviews from technical experts. The most exiting features of new Sony PlayStation console are superior quality graphics and brand new controller. Per opinion of several experts DualShock 4 is the best of controllers developed by Sony. It is very convenient. Despite the unusual location of the touch pad to get used to the controller is surprisingly easy.
There are also significant improvement in the console interface as well as service responsible for the delivery of digital content and integration with the PlayStation Network.
The main disadvantage of the console is insufficient number of currently available games. But Sony and partners are working on this issue. They are currently developing over 180 games for PS4.
What users say about PlayStation 4?
Some of the Play Station 4 buyers were complaining on defect console they’ve got. There was a problem while turning on the console. The only visual effect of the turning on of the console was flashing blue lights on the panel but there were no TV signal. Sony technical support was not able to help such customers.
Sony responded to such complaints promptly. The president of Sony Worldwide Studios Syuhey Yoshida said that the percentage of defective PS4 consoles is very low. There were a few isolated incidents.
PlayStation 4 Games
Along with the console Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. presented PlayStation 4 games. The company has announced a total of 15 games, which include «Battlefield 4», «Call of Duty: Ghosts», «Need for Speed: Rivals», «Assassins Creed: Black Flag». Some of these games are already available. Others will be released before the end of the year.
There are other 180 games designed for the PlayStation 4. All of them are currently on development stage. Some of them are adapted versions of popular games that were released on other gaming platforms. Unfortunately Play station 3 games are not compatible with the new console amd may not run on Sony, PlayStation 4.
PlayStation 4 competitors
Microsoft Xbox One is the main competitor of PlayStation. The release date of the new Xbox One console is November 22nd.
PlayStation 4 price and availability
The official price of PlayStation 4 is $399.
PlayStation 3 came out seven years ago. The start of official sales of the new console has caused excitement among gamers. As a result people began to line up in front of electronic stores early in the morning on last Friday. Before the official sales the average price on the console on eBay auction was around $10 000 with the maximum as high as 25 000.
Sales of PlayStation 4 gaming console in North America exceeded 1 million units in the first day. This is the best start for a gaming platform in history.
Sony hopes to sell about 3 million consoles by the end of the calendar year.
Xbox One vs PlayStation 4 release dates
Xbox One has been recently introduced by Microsoft and expected to be available for sales in late November 2013. PlayStation 4 will be available a month later at the end of 2013. Technical specifications on both consoles were published by Microsoft and Sony. According to provided details Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will remain direct competitors in the nearest future.
Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: technical review
Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: Processors
Both consoles are powered by eight-core AMD Jaguar processor. However PlayStation 4 is equipped by more powerful 1152 MHz GPU versus to 768 MHz GPU of Xbox One. As a result the overall performance of the PlayStation 4 GPU is significantly higher than that of a competitor: 1.84 vs. 1.23 teraflops.
Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: Memory
Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One come with 8GB of RAM. However Sony PlayStation 4 uses modern and fast GDDR5 5500 MHz while Xbox One uses older DDR3 2133MHz RAM.
Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: Price
Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are currently available via pre-orders. The price of PlayStation 4 Standard Edition is around $400 while Xbox One Console Day One Edition could be pre-ordered for around $500
Apple just introduced their newest release of MacBook Air and updated MacPro workstation.
Newest release of MacBook Air
Newest release of MacBook Airhas the same form factor and design as previous 11-inch and 13-inch models. The main feature of new MacBook Air models is the processor. Newest MackBook Air models are powered by the latest Intel Haswell processors. Haswell processors provide up to 40% better performance working with graphics and at the same time consuming much less power. New models could run significantly longer than their predecessors. 13-inch new model of MacBook Air may run on battery up to 12 hours while 11-inch up to 9 hours. Previous values were 7 and 6 hours for 13 and 11-inch models respectively. The newest version of MacBook Air is currently available for $999 and $1099.
Newest release of MacPro Workstation
In addition, Apple introduced a new Mac Pro – most productive and powerful model designed for professionals. Graphics on MacPro is handled by dual AMD video card. MacPro workstation features 4 USB-ports and six Thunderbolt-ports. Apple is going to manufacture Mac Pro workstations in the United States.