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Sony reveals PS4 specs and new controller, but not the console

A lot of people were disappointed that Sony didn’t show up with any actual hardware—the ones that really matter, anyway—yesterday at the “See the Future” event in New York .  However, what we did get from Sony were the official specs of the PlayStation 4, and some first glances at less significant PS4 peripherals.

The next-gen game console will sport an x86-64 AMD Jaguar 8-core processor, a Radeon GPU with 18 compute units that is reportedly capable of dishing out 1.84 Teraflops, and 8GB of GDDR5 RAM which offers 176GB/s of bandwidth.  All of the following connections will also be standard: Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, analog AV out, optical digital out, and USB.  On the internal drives front, the PS4 will come with an internal HD as well as a Blu-ray drive for media storage and software deployment.

Despite not showing off the console itself, Sony did let people take a glimpse at the Dualshock 4 controller.  The updated controller features a new, more sensitive, six-axis sensor and a touchpad in the middle.  A gamepad will serve its role as long as its comfortable to the player, but the Dualshock 4 will also have a “Share” button that will make it easy for people to instantly share their gameplay videos without having to jump through a few hurdles first. 

Then there’s the PS4 Eye camera system, which is a dual-camera system that is capable of depth perception and 85-degree views.  The cameras are able to identify players’ positions by the Dualshock controller's LED lights, and Move controllers are also compatible with the new Eye system.

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