It was released in North America regions on November 2013, followed by the Europe and Asian regions on December and Japan on February 2014.
Also known as the PS4, it is the 4th PlayStation home console and is the successor to PlayStation 3. It is part of 8th generation consoles.
It departs from the complex CPU architecture and Nvidia-made GPU, the PlayStation 4 contains a APU (that contains a 8-core X86-64 CPU) co-developed by Sony and AMD. Due to this, it is easier for developers to write games for the PS4, at the expenses of backward compatibility for eariler PS titles.
As of April 6, 2014, a total of 7 million units have been sold worldwide, surpassing Nintendo Wii U's sales figure.
On September 7, 2016, two new revisions of the PlayStation 4 were unveiled: The slim version that is less power-hungry and more compact, and the 'Pro' version that has more processing power and supports 4K gameplay on supported game titles.
- The console is running on a customized FreeBSD-based OS known as "ORBIS OS".
- The APU contains a 8-core low-power 'Jaguar' based X86-64 processor and a Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture GPU with 18 compute units (64 cores per CUs). It also has secondary custom chips for background tasks. For the PS4 Pro, the graphics compute units were doubled to 36 units.
- The APU also contains the audio processing unit based on the AMD TrueAudio for audio processing.
- It has the unified 8 GB of GDDR5 system memory. For PS4 Pro, another 1GB was added to the system memory.
- it only has one HDMI output port. Analog video/output are no longer supported on PS4. All models supports HDR10 high-dynamic-range color output.
- It supports Ethernet, WiFi internet connectivity, and supports Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity.
- As with PS3, the PS4 can connects to Sony Entertainment Network online service. Most PS4 titles requires PlayStation Plus subscription for online multiplayer.
- The console also supports Remote Play, which can use PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita as controllers and second screen devices. As of firmware 4.00, all PS4 models supports Remote Play to computer running on Windows and Mac OS X. Only the PS4 Pro can supports Remote Play up to 1080p.
- It has two USB 3.0 ports for controllers and accessories, and a auxiliary port for PlayStation Camera.
- It comes with a user-replaceable 2.5 inches HDD, which can be upgraded by user. Both the PS4 and PS4 slim models only has SATA version 2 interface, while the PS4 Pro has SATA version 3 interface.
- The DualShock 4 controller, included with the PS4 console and also available separately, has a touch pad for touch functions. it also has a 3.5 mm audio jack for headset.