PlayStation 4 will reserve 3.5GB of its 8GB RAM for the OS - Report

4.5GB of RAM reported to be guaranteed for developing PlayStation 4 games, with an extra 1GB of flexible memory available.

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The PlayStation 4 will reserve 3.5GB of its RAM for the operating system, a report on Eurogamer's Digital Foundry has said.

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Sony's next-gen console comes with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, leaving 4.5GB of RAM guaranteed to developers of PlayStation 4 titles.

However, sources speaking to Digital Foundry said an additional GB of RAM can be used as flexible memory--giving developers up to 5.5GB of total RAM--but only if the PlayStation 4 operating system can still function without the extra memory.

Additional sources add that this 3.5GB requirement could be reduced once the work on the PlayStation 4 OS is complete and potentially streamlined.

Much of the allocated RAM for the OS will allow for some of the PlayStation 4's new system features, like application switching, and being able to pause and resume games.

The PlayStation 4 will launch globally later in 2013 for $399/€399/£349.

A Sony representative was not immediately available for comment.

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Xboners are desperate when they say shit like, "Well, the PS3 was stronger than the 360 and look what happened". That's a pretty bad point. I'll take the 8GB of super fast GDDR5 for the win.

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There is no reason the OS for either console is this bloated.

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I just want to say that everyone who thinks the PS4 has less RAM because of this, remember that the PS4 has flexible memory AND it's DDR5, and if you go to AMD's site, you'll see that 512MB DDR5 > 1GB DDR3. So when it comes to games, the PS4 has (give or take) twice as much RAM than the X1

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@kik4444 I don't think faster memory equals twice the memory, if that's the point you were trying to make. And even if the PS4 could use all 8 gigs for games it would not be twice the memory X1 would use as X1 currently allocates 5 gigs for games.

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@Ayebang As an American...I am truly embarrassed. I feel the need to apologize on your behalf. World, MOST Americans don't believe that they're any more intellectually gifted than any other country. What we have comes from a wealth of natural resources from an only recently tapped land, and a great amount of luck, nothing more. American ingenuity does not exist, not truly, as our Founding Fathers were, at least in my own opinion, British.

Bill Gates donates to charity. So did Jobs. So does anyone large enough to be in the public spotlight, including Sony's CEO. That's just tact. It doesn't actually say anything about the company at all.

If anything, emphasize the loss of good intent between countries in the world today. The world economy is struggling because, to be frank, people hate Americans because of a reputation we get from comments like this. It's plainly inaccurate; every country has its educated and its uneducated. Only the latter feels the need to brag about the achievements of the former.

As an American in a Capitalist economy, one might pose this question to you: We are all alone in this economy. This is survival of the fittest applied to money, where those who work hard are rewarded for their efforts, and those who don't or can't, do not rise. Therefore, as an American, I am not on your "team," not where economy is concerned. What have you done personally to allow you to become the spokesperson of this nation?

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Ohhhhh, pain to this.

I do not want to be Us spokesperson for sure.

How many did Jobs donate before he die ?

Some said he did not pay any taxes as his salary is $1 a year and pay no tax when transfer to his family. I think this not true.

How many Bill Gates donate a yr? Any tell me. Many in gamespot said he is an evil and I do not believe he will do.

Gamespot is great for American, not like cnet, the Verge and Ing and same as Foxnews, not like nyt, CNN, Ruerter. It is fair and balance in the World.

I do not know why many comments attack ps4 , not xb1 in this forum.

You are American right.... Read Gamespot and Foxnews. It makes Americans great and fair.

Buy ps4, not xb1.

Tell me how much Bill Gates and Sony ceo donate a yr ? Tell me Tell me

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@Shadowdanc3r @Ayebang

Aha...I search in google and found Mr. Gates and his wife donates a lot ...man.

See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_%26_Melinda_Gates_Foundation#Investments

I also see Jobs donation on NYT as link : http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/the-mystery-of-steve-jobss-public-giving/?_r=0

Ohh no no never heard before ... Above two guys are different.

Bill Gates (Evil) and good guy (Jobs).

I think this World need more evils really, not good guys.

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@Ayebang I remember this one time when Bill Gates donated $1 billion for AIDS research. I don't know about other times, but we can ask Google.

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@DIGN @Ayebang

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=retardation

Your usage of "deface" is at least close enough to be called correct, but still not what I'd call particularly good English.

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@Ayebang That was painful to read. Educate yourself son.

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Are u American ?

If so, just watch Foxnews more, not nyt, CNN,Reuters...they are bad like Microsoft.

And read gamespot, not cnet, the verge and ing...these are not fair and balance.

If u are good American, buy ps4.

As I said when Bill Gates get rich more, he do not donate any to the poor. Sony is Japanese, will is donate a lot to Americans, now.

Do buy ps4...and keep rememberIngjit Microsoft is bad, Sony is good and never hire anyone to post favourable comments like Sony Picture did before.

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@Ayebang Being American has nothing to do with this. What about all the people in the UK? If they buy a PS4 does that mean they are good American? What about South America and Canada? I hope to god you aren't American or at the very least english isn't your native language.

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http://themetapicture.com/every-time-i-use-firefox/

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Well Sony said the OS is just one gig with 7 gigs for gaming, so I wouldn't put much value on a hack journalist saying otherwise.

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@Lostat I don't remember them saying that at all actually. And them talking about it using more than 1 gig is proof of that.

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@GezForce @Cronyk wrong ddr5 can achieve the speeds of ddr3 that is why it not used in pc's for system memory yes you get bigger band with but the data travels way slower. you may want to read up on the comparisons. that 68 you speak of (which is wrong) translates to 6.4ghz this is the max for ddr3 ddr5's max transfer rate is 2.5 also it uses one 3rd the power

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lol everyone was talking crap about the xbox using the actually superior dd3 memory in the xbone and the ps3 will only have half that memory even available. well no matter how you look at it at least its better than what you got with the ps3 and 360

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@deathblow3 Both systems are reserving memory for the OS. Sony is reserving 3.5 and msoft is reserving 4 I believe. You don't need much ram to run these games. The old systems were running half that. and that half was shared between os and games.

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Here we go again these XBOTS Act like they won the lottery because of lame azz false rumor one rumor from one website and XBOTS are break dancing in the street with sorry http://www.gamesthirst.com/2013/07/28/ps4-saves-6gb-of-ram-for-games-report/

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@valknight @deathblow3 X1 uses 3 for the 3 operating systems, not 4.

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I am getting ps4 with new wheel and gt7 when its out

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http://www.gamespot.com/news/sony-confirms-playstation-4-developers-can-use-flexible-memory-6412151 for you sony fanboys, stand down noobs

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Here we go again these XBOTS Act like they won the lottery because of lame azz false rumor one rumor from one website and XBOTS are break dancing in the street with sorry http://www.gamesthirst.com/2013/07/28/ps4-saves-6gb-of-ram-for-games-report/

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@evil_snuggles As opposed to fony fanboys who scream foul at any article that in any way relates to the xbox.

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Yo Val you are always making The stupid comments With no proof of anything you say post a link like this Here we go again XBOTS http://www.gamesthirst.com/2013/07/28/ps4-saves-6gb-of-ram-for-games-report/

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@evil_snuggles Nobody actually reads an article anymore, they just jump on it and hope for the best.

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@lev2013 1/10 for trolling.... you can do better than that surely.

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@GezForce Why is it trolling when the link takes you to a story where Sony have confirmed the "rumour" as being correct?

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@RicanV @Ian-Cognito @GezForce Owned. :) I love people who read the stuff they want to post before actually posting it.

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@Ian-Cognito @GezForce I don't see anything where they confirm that article was correct. In fact it clearly states the opposite. "The developer would not confirm whether the PlayStation 4 would indeed use 3.5GB of its memory for the operating system, or what functions any allocation of memory would be used for."

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@GezForce LOL sony confirmed it themselves though LOL

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@lev2013 @GezForce yeah they did then changed it when they realized it was stupid to do that. just like the mums the word stance they took on all there policies. end all be all there is a reason they built this gen like pc's because that gives them unbridled control over what they can add or remove before release. like separate system memory just for the os. ps4 is going to kill this gen just because of the great start it has gotten even without any truly amazing games.

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@valknight @deathblow3 @lev2013 @GezForce no the game start when the games come out the games make the system nintendo is a prime example. nice system no games been that way for a few years. the wii sold well because the people buying it where not gamers.

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@deathblow3 @lev2013 @GezForce The game hasn't started yet bro. Game starts when consoles are on shelves.

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@arkhamcity54 The Cerny PS4 Greatness awaits.

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@GezForce @arkhamcity54 "Who are you to be anonymous?"

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Watch Dogs: Better on Xbox One,According to lead producer of Watch Dogs Dominic Guay, " Watch dogs will be bigger and more immersive on Xbox one"

Here is the link:http://modcrash.com/watch-dogs-better-on-xbox-one/

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Looks like Sony is up to no good. There's no reason for a console OS to require that much RAM. What is on Sony's agenda? I smell some funny business going on...

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@PupilsDilated False report.... move along people.

check links below

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Thumbs up if you are getting both consoles

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@Monsterkillah Do you mean the PS4 and the Wii U? Who needs a slower Xbone with PS4 games cloned anyway.. :p

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@slainta @Monsterkillah huh what games are getting cloned? sony has great ips but they only have one new one realeased with the ps4 while the x1 has like 4 or 5

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@Monsterkillah PS4 & PC is all you need... why waste money? :)

Besides that xbone junk takes up too much space in the livingroom lol

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I like the voice command recognition

The Xbox One looks sexy ;) I have PC but I'm not really liking playing games on my desk besides its kinda old so I'm picking PS4 and X1 and get more exclusive from both sides

It's a win2 solution

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@Monsterkillah The PS4 have voice command too if you buy the camera but I don't know if it can turn on the game console.

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@Monsterkillah I'm more excited about Destiny to be honest. Great to see Bungie give the Ps4 lots of love with all that exclusive content.

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Halo and Gears alone are worth buying I hope they remake the previous title it on One cos I'm skipping 360 last gen plus seems like they are doing more new IP this time

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@Monsterkillah as long as your happy... personally this gen I don't feel the need to own both consoles.

PS4 & psn+ is enough

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That is not true titanfall was developed on the valves Source engine for the PS3 and PS4. It is a time exclusive because microSCAM wrote a check. The power of "THE CLOUD" is dedicated servers on titanfall. Please stop the M$ talking points http://www.vg247.com/2013/06/25/titanfall-developer-explains-advantages-of-microsofts-cloud/ please stop you sound like a infomercial

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A good informative read :)

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-can-xbox-one-multi-platform-games-compete-with-ps4