Playsation 4 Specs Anyone?

psx4Supposedly Kotaku received a 90 page manifest detailing specifications for the as of yet announced PSX4.  One of the key distinctions to make is that these specs pertain to the “dev” kit for the PS4.  That means this is not necessarily the model you will use to play games, but rather the model that developers will use to make games.

Some interesting figures to take note of include the fact that the PS4 is currently running more system memory than most modern computers use.  This goes hand in hand with the 2.2GB of video ram which is also a step up from what many of us currently run under the hood of our computers.

The reason why this is interesting is because the current generation of consoles are running comparable graphics with computers despite the fact that computers are roughly TEN TIMES more powerful than their console counterparts.  The reason why consoles get away with doing so much more for so much less revolves around logistics and optimization, and I can’t help but wonder what a console that beats out most contemporary gaming rigs would be capable of.

Of course, all of this information is subject to change.

16 comments

  1. 2.2 gigs of vram seems little high but nice to know they are trying to future proof it

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  2. With games optimized for console hardware, especially exclusives, the graphics will look amazing.

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  3. setsuo33:
    2.2 gigs of vram seems little high but nice to know they are trying to future proof it

    I think they’re trying to create something that can still handle games 6 or so years from now. A lasting product.

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  4. 2.2 gigs of vram is overkill on anything that doesn’t go over 1920X1080. Vram also have almost nothing to do with performance, if you have enough you have enough, if you dont you don’t. Having extra changes nothing.

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  5. Keep in mind that this IS kotaku, so take the info with a grain of salt.

    Or a bottle of the stuff.

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  6. Keep in mind that these same sources have been reporting that the PS4 will be using DDR5 memory. Every single one of these articles is written by people that have no idea about hardware. Gaming “journalism”, everyone.

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  7. How in the world is 2.2Gb of vram “overkill”. I have about the same on my pc and it is great, 1080p at 60+ depending on how set surroundings. I know they have better software than I do, but I feel that having a product that is more visually appealing is good. And when thinks start running on 4k tv’s, which if you dont know what that is look it up, they will need all the vram they can get. In about 4-5 years you will see 4k tv’s and sony will be one step ahead if the have that much more vram. Get educated people, look to the future.

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  8. Ruiner:
    Keep in mind that these same sources have been reporting that the PS4 will be using DDR5 memory. Every single one of these articles is written by people that have no idea about hardware. Gaming “journalism”, everyone.

    It’s GDDR5 in the original DF story, which is way more likely of course.

    It won’t matter anyway. The new consoles will be up to date at launch and already ‘outdated’ with the next CPU/GPU PC cycle. Which also won’t matter since consoles are the priority platform for AAA-titles.

    More interested in the possible control options (mouse/kb?) and online functions (better f2p options?).

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  9. thatsleepyguy:
    Keep in mind that this IS kotaku, so take the info with a grain of salt.

    Or a bottle of the stuff.

    ^This a million times over.

    Though, I must admit it’s nice to hear how much Sony is preparing for the future of their next-gen consoles, considering how many years they last now. It’ll be interesting to hear what the price of these systems is though. Hopefully we don’t have to wait until E3 to get more information.

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  10. Amy: ^This a million times over.

    Though, I must admit it’s nice to hear how much Sony is preparing for the future of their next-gen consoles, considering how many years they last now.It’ll be interesting to hear what the price of these systems is though.Hopefully we don’t have to wait until E3 to get more information.

    There were rumors (can’t find the link at the moment) That the systems (at least PS4) would hover around $300-350

    Which if that’s the case I’m quite content with that consider I was half expecting $600-700

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  11. LordRump:
    How in the world is 2.2Gb of vram “overkill”. I have about the same on my pc and it is great, 1080p at 60+ depending on how set surroundings. I know they have better software than I do, but I feel that having a product that is more visually appealing is good. And when thinks start running on 4k tv’s, which if you dont know what that is look it up, they will need all the vram they can get. In about 4-5 years you will see 4k tv’s and sony will be one step ahead if the have that much more vram. Get educated people, look to the future.

    You must not know what vram (or even normal ram) does, do you? As I said, it is overkill FOR 1920×1080. And besides, the platform as to already have 4k built into it it, which i doubt it will, to be able to even do 4k. That would be like the ps2 having good enough components to run 720p, but it only has RCA video out.

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  12. Was too late to edit this in:

    You’ll see these really really low end graphics cards (like $50 ones) that have over a gig of ram. What is that for? Marketing. Its for the people who don’t know wtf ram does and are like “oh! this one has .5gb more ram! it must be better than that $200 card that only has 1gb!”

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  13. Roland: You must not know what vram (or even normal ram) does, do you? As I said, it is overkill FOR 1920×1080. And besides, the platform as to already have 4k built into it it, which i doubt it will, to be able to even do 4k. That would be like the ps2 having good enough components to run 720p, but it only has RCA video out.

    Well, not to worry you, I was backing up my self. My Dad went to CES and talk to people from sony about 4k TV’s, and seeing how play station makes playstaion, it would be a waste of time not have already made the ps4 compatible with 4k tv’s. Also, I am not stupid, I have a gtx 660 graphics card because I did research, and saw they were good. Don’t assume people are ignorant. Also, sorry I didn’t quite get what you meant by overkill. I though you meant overkill in general.

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  14. Raging Otter
    Which if that’s the case I’m quite content with that consider I was half expecting $600-700

    Yeah I was expecting the same, if it really does turn out to be around half that it’ll be a good day for gamers. It is still all on rumor, but we can certainly hope.

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  15. Well, at least since the dev kit is running a PC CPU, optimizations for PC should come along. Though this has been known for a while. It was only a matter of time, the PC CPUs are much cheaper than their custom counterparts.

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  16. If these specs (along with some of the other rumors) are true (probably not but you never know), I wonder what the next WipEout game that was rumored to be in production (before Sony shut down Studio Liverpool) for it would be like.

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