PS4 hardware overview

We break down what you need to know about Sony's new hardware.

With the PlayStation 4's public release just two days away, GameSpot's continuing coverage of the next-generation console continues today with an in-depth hardware overview. GameSpot editor Peter Brown breaks down the PS4 in a new video you'll find below.

In terms of specifications, the PS4 features PC-like architecture and is powered by a 64-bit Jaguar CPU from AMD. APU is combined with CPU and GPU onto a single chip, which streamlines communication between the two components. The GPU half of the APU uses 1,152 shader cores to push 1.8 teraflops of data per second.

The power supply is internal, unlike the Xbox One, which will ship with a power brick.

The PS4 sports 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and a 500GB SATA II 5400 RPM hard drive. Of note, all PS4 games must be installed to the hard drive, though it can be swapped out for a larger hard drive, so long as the replacement meets certain requirements.

The PS4's slot-loading optical drive plays DVDs and Blu-rays, but CDs are not supported, at least not at launch. Two USB 3.0 ports are featured on the system's front. External storage is not supported. Meanwhile, the back of the PS4 features ports for optical audio, HDMI, and Ethernet. An AUX port used exclusively for the PlayStation Camera is also featured on the back of the PS4.

Lastly, the PS4 can be oriented horizontally or vertically, with or without the official $20 accessory.

GameSpot's video coverage of the PS4 also includes a demonstration on how to install a new hard drive, an in-depth look at the new UI and dashboard, and a general hardware overview. The PS4 releases this Friday, November 15 in North America for $400. Keep checking GameSpot for continuing coverage of the system leading up to and following launch.

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Eddie Makuch

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.
247 comments
jark888
jark888

Sony latest console without any kind of 4K resolution support in mind is much worse than PS3 package without HDMI cable.

DevilDog982
DevilDog982

Far too much justification for the 5400RPM HDD 'because modern laptops use it', first of all that is a piss poor excuse... any laptop that uses a 5400rpm HDD was NOT meant for gaming, 7200rpm HDD are pretty cheap these days and to say that the 5400 is fast enough... well you are some very patient people... as this is only the start of next gen and in the future games are going to get bigger, and take longer to load.. as for the size.. 500gb(in reality 408gb) thats extremely small... killzone is already around 47gb's so its not going to last long, uninstall is going to become your best friend if you have a PS4.

DevilDog982
DevilDog982

@jimdove2 @DevilDog982 I honestly dont see what your on about... I wasnt defending the Xbone or the PS4 at all... in fact i was speaking on how both of them were crap, with no right to call themselves the 'next gen'. Its the primary reason I built my own PC and am quite happy with it... so... wtf are you on about and how does it relate to my previous comment other than you speaking on APU, and cpu/gpu.

wushdishmeen
wushdishmeen

This will probably spread like wildfire within articles and I'll never get credit.  But oh well... I just happened to try something out after seeing the articles about PS4 not having IR sensors and it surprisingly worked.


I currently own a high end SONY BRAVIA XBR and the TV remote that came with the TV works with the PS4.  The HDMI input the PS4 was plugged into auto-named itself to "Playstation 4".   Using the circular directional pad on the TV remote I can navigate the PS4 menus and everything.  I can also use the video control buttons when playing BluRay or online videos.


It must be working through WiFi since my TV has WiFi in it.  I'm not sure if it has to be a Sony TV but I could imagine they might have integration built in.  I'm currently looking at how far the integration goes as I could see the TV being Sony branded they might have built things into it knowing it would be used for PS4 someday.

wushdishmeen
wushdishmeen

@WiteCastle112 @wushdishmeen Yep it does.  I'm still looking into how deep the integration goes but I also noticed that the info banner at the top when you first switch to an input that shows the Input name and other information actually says "Player 1"  next to (Playstation 4) in parenthesis.  To designate that I am connected as Player 1 on the actual console.   Strange but interesting!

kominio
kominio

And then...Red Ligh of Death! thanks i ll pass. with strong solid powerfull upgradable PC? yes i ll pass...

TraXxX
TraXxX

@kominio Red light of death?! You don't know what the hell you are talking about so gtfo troll.

fazio93
fazio93

it's 2013 and they're still using 5400rpm HDD's....-_-

Arcturuss
Arcturuss

@fazio93 Well its going to be a lot easier for a console to keep the data properly ordered.   So its probably quite sufficient.

And of course you can just buy a new one if you find it horribly offensive.  If a cheap HDD is what they had to go for to get in that sexy ram i'm cool with it.

megakick
megakick

I bet the XBOX 360, Wii U and PS3 sell very well this Christmas, PS4 and XBOX are big let downs...

Chozn275
Chozn275

I just don't like there not being a USB port on the back, aesthetically It is ugly with my turtle Beach headset receiver USB cable needing to be in the front and wrapped around the back of the system

billlabowski
billlabowski

Only 1.8 teraflops? Geez that is low as hell for 2013 standards. They shouldn't have gone with 2010's AMD laptop APU. Not to mention it was 2010's biggest let down in terms of power and performance. I guess they had to make the money back somehow....

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

@megakick @GamerYnoX @billlabowski

I say custom because it was an APU made by AMD and Sony and its graphics power surpass those found in smart phones by a large margin. It's far from being a good PC but its also at a VERY affordable price considering its hardware.

You pay more than 400$ for a good smartphone and more than 700$ for a high end PC gaming rig. I have no doubt games will look and play great 5 years from now on both next gen (current now) consoles.

It's still impressive tech anyone saying these consoles have dated hardware have no clue what they are talking about.

By the way, I'm first of all a PC gamer and then a console gamer and I respect what they did and how they priced these new consoles.

Max_160
Max_160

@billlabowski I think you don't know what you're talking about. Find me a 2010 laptop that is able to run BF4 at 60fps. 

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

@billlabowski The chip is a 2013 custom 28nm 8 core Jaguar (CPU and GPU combined) it's not 2010 technology.

kujel
kujel

So is the blue light of death a thing yet or does it need a few more days?

SpyDRfreeK
SpyDRfreeK

But does it have blast processing? 

johnnypogo
johnnypogo

The internet is full of spoiled entitled little shits, who don't know their ass from their elbow. Everyone is so full of negativity and elitist thinking that they are unable to celebrate and recognize how awesome console launches are. Everyones a critic. I hate the internet :(

MegaMark1991
MegaMark1991

@johnnypogo what's so awesome about them? I am not being negative, just realistic. I mean, most launch titles for consoles are not that great because developers have not spent enough time with the hardware. Also, the hardware isn't capable of anything my 2 year old pc cannot do.

makryu
makryu

@johnnypogo Awesome? A piece of dated hardware with which everyone will be stuck for the next 5+ years with marginally better graphics and a hefty price tag? Seriously?

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

@makryu Dated hardware with a hefty price tag? You seriously dont know what you're talking about.

max-hit
max-hit

@johnnypogo You hate the internet for giving everyone a voice yet you use its invisibility mask to execute personal attacks by calling a large group of people who don't share your opinion "spoiled entitled little shits".

Zero_Echo
Zero_Echo

@max-hit @johnnypogo Well, that doesn't change the fact that "spoiled entitled little shits" are elitist and negative. So poo.

Pondelicious
Pondelicious

@makryu My laptop is a shit ton more powerful than my 360 or my PS3, and yet you know what i played more? The consoles, cause I enjoyed them more. Its about overall experience not just graphics mate

leftnotracks
leftnotracks

Some really obvious oversights I can’t believe they missed: No 802.11ac, and no USB port on the back. The lack of a rear USB port is just jaw-droppingly dumb.

timthegem
timthegem

@leftnotracks On my PC, only my printer is plugged into a rear USB port. Everything is plugged into the front. I love it. Do you have some sort of fetish for rear entry ports?

leftnotracks
leftnotracks

That’s a pretty nice component to add to a home theatre setup. It’d be a shame if someone… stuck an ugly USB cable out the front to bust up the lines and keep the glass doors from closing.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I'm still trying to get used to the look of these stacked parallelograms.

Sir_Claude
Sir_Claude

"APU is combined with CPU and GPU onto a single chip" how is an article published with errors like this...

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

If Eddy is breaking down the PS4 Hardware, beware of errors.

collingtonuk
collingtonuk

This video is not safe for work, With the sound off its really boring.

natalieyan
natalieyan

Sony needs some serious investments on their technology department

HondoMaster35
HondoMaster35

I think for now I'll throw nintendo a bone and get a Wii U for Mario 3D, plus it comes bundled with extra mario n luigi games.. Next gen doesnt look that impressive to me yet. Nintendo was right when they said next gen woulnt be that much of an update this time around. Now I wish there was a artistic looking Metroid or Star Fox coming out,, I would be a happy camper, this a time for nintendo to really capitolize on this and come out with some really good software and they can compete with these ass clowns.. and what is up with the Ps4 not being media friendly with my PCs!!! My Ps3 is!!!! WTF!!! 

Xero1246
Xero1246

Nah....i'll just wait for "THE PS4 SLIM"...you know there's gonna be a PS4 SLIM right???

mattcake
mattcake

@Xero1246 In 120 slightly different colours for the fanboys who like to colour co-ordinate their console to their pants.

exxces_4
exxces_4

I can't understand the idea behing 5400rpm hdd. A 7200rpm was way better in terms of performance. At least they could have made a hybrid between the 5400hdd and a 8gb ssd for buffering and ram offloading, swapping. It seems in the race of lower pricing they lost some key elements in the construction of the ps4. I'm reallly interested to see what happens when the all mighty praised gddr5 fills up. Well, long loanding times between levels here we come!

mattcake
mattcake

@exxces_4 Hopefully we can just slap an SSD in it and be done with it.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@exxces_4 If they did those things, they'd be back to shipping another $500 or $600 console, something I'm sure they were keen to avoid this time around.  

Besides, I appreciate capacity more than performance on my console hard drives. Deleting and re-installing games is a far bigger time sink than waiting an extra minute or two for a game to start.