5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PS4

Sony’s unveil didn’t disappoint anyone: from the looks of it, the PS4 is an amazingly powerful machine that will have even the most hardcore Microsoft fans pondering whether it’s time to make the switch.

It is ridiculously powerful
The PS3 was already a pretty powerful machine, which allowed for the development and creation of fantastic games like Heavy Rain and Assassin’s Creed. However, the PS4 will most certainly go above and beyond: with an enhanced Graphics Processing Unit and a collective 1.84 Teraflops of processing power, this machine allows developers to explore gameplay ideas like never before. The console also has a whopping 8GB system memory.

Gaikai technology
The Playstation store is an integral part of the Playstation experience, and now the store has been enhanced to be better than ever. The new store allows players to instantly try sections of a game that are interesting on the Playstation store, and also allows you to play digital titles as they are downloading from the store – no more waiting for an entire 4GB of downloading before you play!

Pick up where you left off – easily
The most irritating part about saving your game and coming back to it later is that you have to wait for the entire thing to load all over again. Thankfully, Sony kept this in mind when designing the new PS4 – the console has a ‘suspend’ mode which gets rid of loading times so that you can pick up any game where you left off.

Playstation app for smarter sharing
Sony will also have a Playstation app that you can download onto your smartphone. Simply open it up, and your smartphone can be a second screen – it’s perfect for those moments when you need to flick in and out of a map or your items screen. On top of this, the PS4 also allows you to use apps while you play a game: for example, you can use a web browser to look up information about a game or check Facebook (we all do it) while you’re playing.

A gaming device, period
It seems that the tables have turned on Sony and Microsoft’s intentions. While the PS3 was more of a multimedia device and the Xbox 360 was targeted towards gamers, the PS4 and Xbox One are the opposite. The PS4 has raw power that appeals to gamers while the Xbox One is more accessible to casual gamers. Plus, Sony seems to have thought of everything with this console: it truly is designed for an integrated gaming experience across multiple platforms, and has considerations that any gamer would welcome in a heartbeat.

-Richards

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