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The PlayStation 4 (abbreviated as the PS4) is a line of home video game consoles developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment and is the successor to the PlayStation 3. It is a competitor against Microsoft's Xbox One and Nintendo's Wii U as part of the eight generation of video game consoles.

History

While much of its development on the new console was talked about as early as of the late 2000s, Sony was trying to avoid the same mistakes that they made with their PlayStation 3. The PlayStation 4 was unveiled on 20 Jaunary 2013 though most things such as the hardware, controllers, and others were explained. The design was not unveiled until the E3 on June 2013. The PlayStation 4 did have some major reputation, much of which had called an improvement since its PlayStation 3 days, including the lack of digital-rights management restrictions (much of which was implemented by Microsoft on its Xbox One though removed after the E3), the allowance of self-published titles, and among others. The PlayStation 4 was released on 15 November 2013 in North America, eventually breaking the record as the fastest selling console in history with one million units sold in under a day (though the Xbox One did the same a week later on its 22 November launch at thirteen countries). The PS4 was later sold in Latin America and in Europe on 29 November and later sold to other countries within the holiday season of 2013 on towards Japan's launch on 22 February 2014. Currently the PS4 has one of the most units sold as an eighth generation console at 50 million units as of December 2016.

On September 2016, Sony unveiled two new revisions of the PS4 consoles. The first, model number CUH-2000 (unofficially referred to as the PS4 Slim) is a revision of the original PS4 hardware with a smaller form factor; it has a rounded body with a matte finish on the top of the console rather than a two-tone finish, and is 40% smaller in size than the original model. The two USB ports on the front have a larger gap between them, and the optical audio port was removed console and was released later during the same month. The second is the PS4 Pro (codenamed Neo), model number CUH-7000, is an upgraded version of the console designed to support 4K rendering, including an upgraded GPU with 4.2 teraflops of processing power, and a higher CPU clock. Games can be optimized for higher graphics quality and 4K support when running on PS4 Pro. The PS4 Pro was released on November 2016.

Controllers

DualShock 4

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The DualShock 4 controller

The DualShock 4 is the primary controller for the PS4 and is the successor to the DualShock 3. The controller's new features include a Touchpad and a light bar that can illuminate light in various colors. It has motion-detection support through its 3-axs gyroscope and accelerometer. A mono speaker and a 3.5mm headset jack supports regular headphones to allow a user to hear and speak audio. It is powered by a non-removable rechargeable battery that can be charged via a micro-USB cable or using a dedicated charging station.

The DualShock 4 features the following buttons: PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button, directional buttons, action buttons (PSTriangleButton, PSObutton, PSXButton, PSSquareButton), shoulder buttons (Playstation-Button-L1/R1ps3), triggers (Playstation-Button-L2/Playstation-Button-R2), analog stick click buttons (L3/R3) and a touch pad click button. These mark several changes from the DualShock 3 and other previous PlayStation controllers. The START and SELECT buttons have been merged into a single OPTIONS button. A dedicated SHARE button allows players to upload record and save videos and screenshots from their gameplay experiences.

It is also the first PlayStation console controller to be supported by Microsoft Windows and can also be used as a PC game controller. The DualShock 4 can be used on the PlayStation 3 console and be connected via a micro-USB cable or Bluetooth although there are no rumble or motion features for the controller. Due to the lack of the START and SELECT buttons, the OPTIONS and SHARE buttons respectively replace them.

When playing games on PlayStation Now, the left and right halves of the touchpad are assigned to SELECT and START buttons respectively instead.

PlayStation Now

Although Sony ruled out that emulation is not up yet for the PS4, it does, however, offer a new PlayStation service to play selected past PlayStation games called PlayStation Now. PlayStation Now (or PS Now) is a cloud gaming service announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2014 during Sony's Keynote Speech. The service will offer players to rent PS3, PS2, and PS1 games to the PS4, PC, PS3, along with the PS Vita, PlayStation (Vita) TV, Sony BRAVIA TVs, Smartphones and Tablets. The Streaming service will not be able to use any DLC found in any of its games. It started its closed beta on the PS4 on 20 May 2014 and the Open Beta was later opened on 31 July 2014 in the continental U.S. and Canada and it will expect to be released soon to other regions including Europe (starting with the UK) by 2015. Up to a hundred games, including the PSN game on PS3, Sonic CD was released on the Open Beta Launch. More Sonic games were added to the service later.

List of Sonic games on PlayStation 4

Image Game Release date
SonicMania PS4 Sonic Mania
  • 15 August 2017 (digital)
  • 5 November 2019 (physical)
SF PS4 US Sonic Forces 7 November 2017
SFBonusCover Sonic Forces: Bonus Edition 7 November 2017
SonicManiaPlusPS4US Sonic Mania Plus 17 July 2018
GenesisCollectionPS4BoxArt Sega Genesis Classics 29 May 2018
SF SMP DoublePack PS4 AU Sonic Forces & Sonic Mania Plus Double Pack 16 November 2018
TSR PS4 PackShot 1534833890 Team Sonic Racing 21 May 2019

PlayStation Now

Image Game Release date
PSN SCD Icon Sonic CD 31 July 2014
S4E1 PSN Icon Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
S4E2 PSN US Icon Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
PS3 SG Icon Sonic Generations
SA PS3 US Sonic Adventure 7 March 2017
SA2 (2012) PSN Sonic Adventure 2 7 March 2017
PSN STF Icon Sonic the Fighters 7 March 2017
PS3 Unleashed Icon Sonic Unleashed 7 March 2017
S06PSNow Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) (Japan only)
PSN Sonic1 JP Icon Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) (Japan only)

Trivia

  • The DualShock 4's controls are somewhat similar to the Wii U GamePad as they share some components like touch controls, headphones jacks, and motion controls.
  • The PlayStation 4 has sold up to one million units in its first day at launch in North America in November 15, 2013 making it the fastest selling console at launch. The Xbox One also did the same thing at its launch in November 22, 2013.
  • The PS4 is very well know for its "social" aspects on the PS4 including with the "SHARE" Button on the DualShock 4, allowing the use of livestreams and others.
  • Currently, Sonic Mania is the only Sonic game to support the PS4 Pro's enhanced features which allow the game to be output at 4K resolution.
    • Although the PlayStation 4 version of Sonic Forces is promoted to support the PS4 Pro's enhanced features, the game is still rendered in 1080p when played on the PS4 Pro console and does not offer other notable improvements compared to the other PS4 models.[5]

References

  1. Sarkar, Samit (21 February 2014). Sony launches PS4 in Japan. Polygon. Retrieved on 10 June 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kelion, Leo (June 11, 2013). E3: PlayStation 4 console priced cheaper than Xbox One. BBC News. Archived from the original on June 18, 2014. Retrieved on 11 June 2013.
  3. Leandre, Kevin (9 January 2014). Confirmed: Indonesia to Get PS4 in 2014. IGN. Retrieved on 10 June 2018.
  4. Reeves, Brianna (31 July 2018). Sony’s Shipped 82.2 Million PS4s, Will Soon Surpass PS3 Lifetime Sales. PlayStation Lifestyle. Retrieved on 14 November 2018.
  5. John Linneman (7 November 2017). Sonic Forces focuses on PS4 with clear issues on other systems. Eurogamer.net. Retrieved on 9 November 2017.

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