The PlayStation 4 (PS4) is Sony’s first new console in seven years, the last time Sony released a version of the much loved PlayStation line of gaming console was in 2006. This console has been known to be gamer focused and fans are expecting no less from it. Sony promises gamers that the new console, will open doors to a more immersive and deeply connected gaming community. Aside from being gamer focused, the PS4 also provides a very good environment for game developers. The PS4, aside from having several exclusive game upon launch, will be featuring games from indie developers as well.
Sony claims that the PlayStation 4 will be the best PlayStation to date, and just by looking at the specs (specifications) we can understand why. It has a single chip x86 AMD “Jaguar” processor with eight cores, like the PS3, the Playstation 4 is equipped with a Blu-ray/DVD optical drive. The console has a massive 8GB GDDR5 RAM and 500GB of removable storage and at the heart of its graphics is an AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next engine GPU with 1152 shaders. The PlayStation 4 has a Dual Shock controller which has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, HDMI and USB 3.0 ports, and a voice command feature.
With an impressive line up of video games available, and currently more than 180 other ones under development, hours and hours of unlimited fun just await you. A range of exclusive software is ready to take control of your free time with celebrated series and new titles, that promise to keep you stuck on the sofa for a long time. Get ready for the 4th instalment of Uncharted, A Thief's End, to follow the adventures of Nathan Drake through breathtaking adventures and a cinematic storyline. The Last of Us, another exclusive Sony game, was now remastered to work on the new generation console. Explore amazing landscapes in a post-apocalyptic world to find the cure against the zombie pandemia: engaging story, frenetic action and advanced battle strategy for one of the most acclaimed games of the last era. New upcoming exclusive titles: the gothic horror of Bloodborne, sensational car racing with DriveClub, intense space battles of Eve Valkyrie and much much more! And of course, all the latest releases from the most beloved series: FIFA 2015, Assassin's Creed: Unity, Tomb Raider - Definitive Edition, the Resident Evil 1 remake and so on.
As we enter deeper and deeper into the next generation of console gaming, the battle royal among main market players is getting tough. Product specifications do not help much, as the lacking points of some are well compensated in other aspects, making the game war very balanced. On resolution, power and videogames, the undisputed winners are PS4 and Xbox One, no doubt about it. Both come featured with a plethora of exclusive games, online multiplayer options, excellent control gamepads and higher processor specs compared to Nintendo. Among the two, probably is PlayStation the winner in terms of overall quality and performance, but the difference is quite subtle. Nevertheless, the Wii U can benefit from its everlasting legacy of enduring titles and characters that people still find difficult to leave behind. Moreover, the U is fast moving from a fun console for party nights with friends and family (Wii Sports, Just Dance, etc.) to much more action-packed titles (Bayonetta 2, Zombie U), amd it will soon catch up. Thus, which one to choose is entirely up to you.
Prices for the PS4 are already available in US$, but we are still waiting for the price in Malaysia, but what we know is that it will be significantly cheaper than the Xbox One. The PS4 release in Malaysia should be between mid-November and early December. Some retailers in Malaysia has already started accepting pre-orders with some of them offering game bundles. PricePanda Malaysia has a list of the retailers currently offering the PlayStation 4 along with their prices and available bundles.