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4 Things to Know About Sony’s PlayStation 4

It goes on sale this week


sony playstation 4 630Gamers are practically salivating as the launch of Sony’s (SNE) next-generation video game console looms.

In advance of the PlayStation 4 hitting U.S. store shelves on Nov. 15, the Japanese electronics giant conducted a teardown of the unit for journalists at its Tokyo headquarters, Wired notes.

Here are four things to know about the PlayStation 4:

  1. Sony has built the console around a x86 processor, ditching the Cell chip that powered the PlayStation 3.
  2. It features 8GB of GDDR5 memory, 16 times more than the earlier console.
  3. It combines a central processor (CPU) with a graphics processor (GPU) for better game rendering.
  4. An optical drive that reads DVDs and Blu-Rays is built in.
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Sony has said it expects to sell five million PlayStation 4 consoles by March, an ambitious target considering that the console won’t go on sale in the Japanese home market until February.

Shares of Sony slipped slightly in Monday morning trading.

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