Rumor: PlayStation 4 specs, controller details, and more
posted on 01.23.13 at 01:51 PM EDT by (@salromano)
8 gigabytes of RAM, touch pad added to controller, and more.

PlayStation 4 concept by Joseph Dumary.

Kotaku published spec, controller, and account details on PlayStation 4 today, said to come from the 90-page official documentation of the system’s latest development kit. The materials were sent to the website by SuperDAE, the same person who tried selling next-gen Xbox development kits on eBay last year. Find the lot of info below. 

Specs

These are the current specs for a PlayStation 4 development kit—specifically model # DVKT-KSoooK—as of January 2013, and not those of the final retail console itself.

  • System Memory (RAM): 8 GB
  • Video Memory: 2.2 GB
  • CPU: 4x Dual-Core AMD64 “Bulldozer” (so, 8x cores)
  • GPU: AMD R10xx
  • Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 2x Ethernet (note: this is a development kit, the two ethernet ports are there for local sharing and testing purposes)
  • Drive: Blu-Ray
  • HDD: 160GB (note: this is a development kit, not the console you will own and store media on)
  • Audio Output: HDMI & Optical, 2.0, 5.1 & 7.1 channels

Recent rumors suggested PlayStation 4 has 4 gigabytes of RAM. However, today’s rumors, again purportedly from official documentation, seem to differ.

Controller

Developers are using DualShock 3 and Sixaxis controllers with their PlayStation 4 development kits, suggesting the design and capabilities of the new controller will be largely similar to that of the current design. A PlayStation Move controller is also shown in the documentation, hinting that Sony’s motion controller will also work with the new console.

Last week, a CVG report claimed Sony was throwing away the current DualShock 3 design for a new controller that would try “to emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita.” Many assumed this meant Sony would create a controller with a touch screen similar to the Wii U GamePad. That would be false, according to these documents. There is a new controller in the works, but it  will instead feature a touch pad that can recognize two-point multi-touch. It can also be clicked. It’s listed in the documentation as the Orbis Development Tool.

Like its PlayStation 3 predecessors, the PlayStation 4 controller will also be capable of vibration and motion-sensing, but this time with improved technology like tilt correction. It also has a new button, “Share,” but details on what it does aren’t listed. (Perhaps it’ll take a screenshot of your game and upload it to social channels like Twitter or Facebook?)

Accounts

Sony is pioneering “multi-user simultaneous logins” with PlayStation 4, meaning that more than one person can be logged into the system at the same time. To do this, it links controllers to user accounts—when you turn on your controller, you’ll be prompted to sign in. It is unclear whether this only works with accounts on the system, or also with PlayStation Network accounts if you were playing online.

This feature could be put to use in multiplayer boss battles, for instance, where every place would receive Trophies for defeating the enemy.

Salt

As all rumors go, take this one with a grain of salt. Though, this one smells pretty legitimate to me. But my opinion means nothing. Feel free to form your own.

  • HeatPhoenix

    After today’s Nintendo Direct, they better step it up. Holy shit.

    • paperclichepixel

      The games are gonna be there, just like Nin, threw at us today.

  • DarthBrian

    I hate rumors. Just want the facts. But this is fine for now I suppose. :p

  • http://kougeru.tumblr.com/ Kou

    I want STREAMING, not screenshots. or both i guess. This also tells us basically nothing about the GPU, but if these rumors (including recent XBOX ones) are true these companies are gonna have to sell for a major loss or it just wont be worth it

    • Skerj

      Streaming is definitely one I hope they get in order for the next batch of systems. Bit of a pipe dream but it’d be rad if instead of seeing the titles your friends are playing on your list, you actually have video feeds of them. Completely optional for the participating party of course because I do value privacy.

      It’d cut down on blind shopping (something I don’t do but apparently a lot do), allow friends and associates to help each other, and well people are going to do it anyway somewhere else. Might as well capitalize on it by allowing you to spectate and then purchase the game from their own store.

    • Eldjazairi92

      These companies always sell their consoles for a major loss : Look the PS3, it’s just in 2009 that she became profitable !

  • Himiko

    You do not produce Monolith Soft titles. So you wait.

    Decent rumored specs though.

  • Bloodios

    8GB? Cool! GDDR5 or GDDR3?

    • shogunknight

      it shouldnt really matter, the specs are quite good, the problem is the price. Sony have good games to offer too but they shouldnt make a $600 mistake again. Anyway, i like the user account rumor. would be nice if it has that function

      • Bloodios

        Well, the specs given by Eurogamer a while back stated that the PS4 will have 4GB of GDDR5 so I would like the actual specs to have it as well.

        • shogunknight

          ah ok, 4gb gddr5 sounds more reasonable enough too

    • rockman29

      4 GB GDDR5 to the final system.

      GDDR3 is old, and GDDR3 =/= DDR3.

      • Bloodios

        When did I mention anything about DDR3? I was wondering if the PS4 is going to be utilizing GDDR5 or stay with GDDR3 like the PS3.

        Either way, I suppose that 4GB of GDDR5 does sound pretty reasonable.

        • rockman29

          GDDR3 is old.

          GDDR5 is based on the newer DDR3.

          Buying GDDR3 would be more costly (because it’s not in production right now) and have less bandwidth.

          So no, we’re not using RAM that went in a 7 year old system.

  • zakou

    Pretty good specs for a console ;O

  • Raiyu

    2.2GB VRAM? What?

    • shogunknight

      Hey, i didnt notice that. Seems like it does make a stand against some pcs. it would probably be split for different functions like the WiiU. Maybe 1gb for the OS (IF the rumors are true)

    • legendmilanboss

      good thing or bad?

      • Raiyu

        It’s not whether its good or bad. 2.2 its just and odd number, I’ve never heard of a video card having 2.2GB of VRAM

  • Rafi

    From this new PS4 rumor it looks like we will have L4 and R4 touch button.

  • Finalshoryuken

    Nice read and info. Lol, that salt category was a nice touch. You should do that more often

  • Learii

    i don’t believe rumors

  • LordKaiser

    “4x Dual-Core AMD64 “Bulldozer” (so, 8x cores)” Now I want this even less, that thing will fry in less than a year. I don’t trust Sony’s cooling designs.

    • shogunknight

      did you ever own a 360? I know quite a few fat ps3s had that problem but, did you own a 360?

      • http://www.facebook.com/InternationalGamer1 Christopher Bosak

        haven’t had much in the way of problems with my PS3 slim.
        When i used to own my 60 GB PS3. I had problems of overheating from time to time, and I took especially good care of it.

        • shogunknight

          yeah, you are right. I had the same issue with the fat ps3, but the slim hasnt given me any of that for years. i would have bought a 360 if not for the problems it had, a friend of mine switched his 360 four times. maybe he was just unlucky, but four times is too much

          • AdamBoy64

            Yeah, no issues with the original PS3 here.
            My brother had one also – and had issues with it – but not heat related. And he had it in awful conditions for a game console.
            I was surprised how well it held up.

    • http://socia.arkaic.com/b/kazriko Kazriko Redclaw

      The prior rumors were that they were Piledriver cores, so bulldozer cores seems like it wouldn’t be logical. The other rumor in circulation is that they’re Jaguar cores, which would make them very energy efficient. This leak just seems wrong.

    • rockman29

      How so?

      PS3 and PS3 Slim were basically giant fans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Obb/100001994017630 Bob Obb

    I think the final system’s RAM and VRAM will be downgraded. Wouldn’t be unprecedented, I know some devs were disappointed in the final PS3 specs.

  • Ita Dakimasu

    More Kotaku clickbait. These specs are for a PC-based devkit. Move along folks.

  • Prodigy-X

    This sounds awesome, can’t wait to see the games and the new controller.

  • SirAuron14

    if this is true it would be awesome!

  • AdamBoy64

    Love how ‘Salt’ has it’s own category. Gold.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    Honestly I don’t know anything about spec but I hope we can see JRPG like the recently announced X on PS3 and I can’t wait to see what Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica, Guerrilla Games and other first party developer do on PS4. I also hope that my PS3 PSN will carry over.

  • new_tradition

    I’m personally hoping for more media support. It’s annoying having to convert files like mkv just to play them on my PS3.

    • rockman29

      Absolutely, would be great.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    Once again, not much I can say here than I haven’t already said before.

    I’ll comment on the other things. I’m glad to see they plan to stick with the Dualshock. Not really diggin the share thing, but I understand it. Social media is really big now days. I’m okay with it, just so long as the feature stays optional.

    Someone in the comments mentioned built in streaming and uploading features. That would be pretty cool.

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Sounds legit…

    I love how salt gets its own category….

  • rockman29

    These are developer kit specs, not final specs.

    The previously leaked specs are closer to the final ones fyi Sal.

  • ShinAsura

    I wonder if this means I can finally use my Japanese avatars on my US account

    • Himiko

      lmao thats what I’m wondering. :x

      • shogunknight

        They better do :)

  • hush404

    I believe I would be happy with a system of this caliber.

  • Mar Mar

    E3 2013 yeah… just what we have there.

  • HassanJamal

    Im liking this but must keep excitement low. Im looking forward to seeing the PS4 and its newly improved DS3 controller.

  • KurisuMakise

    Multi-user accounts is the best news so far. I really hope this gets pushed further.

  • PrinceHeir

    can’t wait this E3 :)