E3 has just come and past. For those in the dark, E3 stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo, an annual trade fair for the computer and video games industry. Debuting at E3 2013 was the PlayStation 4, Sony Computer Entertainment’s latest development in competition with Nintendo’s Wii U and Microsoft’s Xbox One.
What makes the PS4 different from its predecessors and its competitors? Here we survey five factors that should leave you longing for a PS4 in no time.
The hardware is seriously amped up
Not only does the PS4 drop the cell architecture in favour of a much faster AMD processor, it also possesses 8GB of unified memory, a faster Blu-ray Disc drive, and dedicated custom chips. These custom chips are perfect for game developers looking to adapt their games to the system. The end result, as PS4 itself explains ‘is new games with rich, high-fidelity graphics and deeply immersive experiences’. We’re not talking about DRM either…although that’s an argument for another day.
It’s perfect for the gamer
If you need any more evidence that the PS4 is made with the gamer in mind, check this out. The amped up hardware means that graphics are more powerful than ever before and personalisation is more intelligent than you can imagine. Even better, there are now innovative second-screen features so that you can turn your smartphones and tablets into a second screen to further enhance your gameplay.
It boasts savvy controllers
The PS4 comes with a new controller called the DualShock®4 controller. DualShock is a revolutionised controller, featuring a highly sensitive six-axis sensor as well as a touch pad at the top of the controller to allow new ways to control and play. The shape of the controller is rounded, ensuring it can be held more snugly, with rubberised grips as well for those times when your palms get a little bit sweaty.
You can relive the moment
The new controller also features a “SHARE” button. This button enables you to scan through your last few minutes of gameplay and then broadcast it to your spectators. In other words, you can relive that glory moment, over and over and over again. This is all part of Sony’s efforts to make game-playing a more social activity, fostering mutual participation and a spirit where everyone plays.
The console isn’t bad looking either
Indeed, the PS4 console itself looks great, all black and sleek, measuring in at just 305x53x275mm, which is smaller than the Xbox One. The most exciting part of the design is that the console has a built-in power supply, meaning you don’t have to deal with an external power brick. This is a clear winning. However, you should also note that the slender design means that the fans inside are likely to be quite small, meaning there might be more chance of overheating and noise.
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