4 Things to Know About Sony’s PlayStation 4

by Christopher Freeburn | November 11, 2013 11:34 am

sony playstation 4 630 150x150 4 Things to Know About Sony's PlayStation 4[1]Gamers are practically salivating as the launch of Sony’s (SNE[2]) 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[3], 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.

Sony has said it expects to sell five million PlayStation 4 consoles by March[4], 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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Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/sony-playstation-4-630.jpg
  2. SNE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SNE
  3. a teardown of the unit for journalists at its Tokyo headquarters: http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2013/11/ps4-gallery/#slideid-86201
  4. sell five million PlayStation 4 consoles by March: http://investorplace.com/2013/09/sony-sets-very-ambitious-playstation-4-sales-target/#.UoEEuJG1Kf0
  5. Report: Sony to Sell the PlayStation 4 at a Loss: http://investorplace.com/2013/09/report-sony-to-sell-the-playstation-4-at-a-loss/#.UoEFYZG1Kf0
  6. Why a PlayStation 4 Costs $1,845 in Brazil!: http://investorplace.com/2013/10/playstation-4-costs-1845-brazil/#.UoEFjZG1Kf0
  7. New Xbox One on Sale in the U.S. Just in Time for the Holidays: http://investorplace.com/2013/09/new-xbox-one-sale-in-the-u-s-just-in-time-for-the-holidays/#.UoEF4JG1Kf0

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