With the highly anticipated launch of Sony’s PlayStation 4 nearing (29 November 2013), excited gamers were given a glimpse into the more intrinsic details of its developments thanks to a released, 30 page, FAQ on the console.
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It explained what eager fans will find on that glorious day they get their hands on this eagerly anticipated console – but what did we learn?
Each console will hold a 500 GB internal hard drive, a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless control and a micro USB cable for charging the control. As well as this, a mono-headset for voice chat, a power cable with a 1.5m length and an extended HDMI cable 2m in length.
There is no way to support an external hard drive for the PS4. This has been seen by many as a controversial omission as PS4 games will need to be downloaded onto the hard drive with the lack of space further down the line potentially proving troublesome for keen gamers.
The PS4 has also taken further steps into online gaming and users are required to download system software upgrades before they even get going. This will add features such as remote play, live streaming of gameplay footage, a party chat system, online multiplayer and background loading.
Plus, it allows Sony to release additional features further on in the developmental line.
One of the biggest concerns for users was the restriction in media playing on the new console. On the PS3 users can play and stream media from various other programmes. However, the PS4 currently will not allow this plus there will be no external USB ports to allow for extra storage.
However, Shuhei Yashida decreased fears by tweeting:
“Thanks for the feedback to the lack of MP3 and DLNA support at the launch of PS4. I’ll share with the PS4 Dev team for future consideration.”
One thing is for certain though. With the release of an honest FAQ dossier and the invitation for comment, the PS4 team are clearly willing to listen to their fans. With the ability to update throughout the PS4’s lifespan it could turn out as a worthwhile investment as improvements can still be made with the help of fans’ input.
With such high sales volumes predicted for the new console, those planning on waiting until 29 November may be left disappointed. Thankfully, you can still pre-order with GAME for only a £20 deposit and guaranteed to be delivered before Christmas if the order is placed soon.
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With a clever pre-order you could be ready to enjoy many years of gaming pleasure on one of the most advanced and personal consoles to date.
All prices true at time of writing.