• PS3 Hacks, PS4 Hacks , 30.10.2013

    Sony have posted on their US and EU blogs, an extremely detailed FAQ, i will post some of it, but you will have to visit the sites to read the full thing:

     

    How much does the PS4 system cost? When does it come out?

    The PS4 system will retail for USD $399.99 (MSRP) in the United States and CAD $399.99 (MSRP) in Canada when it debuts on November 15th, 2013 in North America. PlayStation Camera and additional DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controllers will retail for $59.99 (MSRP) each.

    When does PS4 come out in different countries and regions?

    North America: November 15th, 2013 (Canada and the United States)
    Europe: November 29th, 2013. (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia , Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom)
    Latin America: November 29th, 2013 (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru)
    Japan: February 22nd, 2014
    Asia regions: The middle of December 2013
    Other regions: TBA

    What comes in the PS4 box at launch?

    You’ll get a PS4 system with a 500GB hard drive, a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller, a micro-USB cable for charging the DUALSHOCK 4 controller, a Mono-headset for voice chat, a power cable (1.5m), and an HDMI cable (2.0m).

    What input/output ports and connectivity features does PS4 support?

    HDMI OUT, DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL AUDIO), Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, and an auxiliary connector reserved for PlayStation Camera. PS4 also features integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi for wireless internet connectivity and Bluetooth 2.1 for DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller connectivity.

    Does PS4 require an external “power brick”?

    PS4 is designed with an internal power supply, so it does not have an external “power brick.”

    Will users be able to replace PS4’s stock 500GB hard drive? What hard drive sizes are supported?

    PS4 owners will be able to replace PS4’s standard hard drive. PS4’s hard drive is used to store downloaded game and video content, game save files, gameplay movies and images, and more.

    What type of hard drive does PS4 use?

    PS4 is equipped with a 5400 RPM SATA II hard drive. Users can choose to install a new hard drive so long as it complies with these standards, is no thicker than 9.5mm, and is larger than 160GB.

    Will users be able to connect an external hard drive to expand storage on PS4?

    No, this feature is not supported on PS4.

     

     

     

    What are PS4’s physical dimensions?

    PS4 measures approximately 275 mm (width) × 53 mm (height) × 305 mm (length), excluding the largest projection. Its weight is approximately 2.8 kg (6.1 pounds).

    What color variations will you offer at launch?

    The model color at launch is “Jet Black.”

    Can I put my PS4 system in an upright position like the PS3 system?

    Yes, PS4 can be used in the horizontal or vertical position. In North America, vertical stands for PS4 will be released by partners as officially licensed program products during PS4’s launch window.

    How does PS4’s hardware performance advance beyond the PS3 system?

    PS4 is capable of 10x the processing power of the PS3 system. The system features an optimized design featuring a unified 8GB of high-speed GDDR5 RAM, an eight core X86 CPU, and a powerful graphics processor. Generally speaking, PS4 will enable game developers to build larger, more detailed worlds than they could with the PS3 system. More realistic lighting models, more complex physics and particle effects, more varied and realistic character animations, sharper environment and object textures, higher screen resolutions (up to 1080p), higher frame rates (up to 60 frames per second), larger multiplayer matches and more will be possible thanks to PS4’s next-generation hardware.

    What can you say about PS4’s graphics processing unit (GPU)?

    PS4’s graphics processing unit (GPU) contains a unified array of 18 Compute Units, which collectively generate 1.84 teraflops of processing power that can freely be applied to graphics, simulation tasks, or a mixture of the two. PS4 is also equipped with 8 GB of unified system memory, easing game creation and increasing the richness of content achievable. High-speed GDDR5 is used for this memory, giving the system a total of 176 GB/second of bandwidth and providing a further boost to graphics performance.

    When did PlayStation begin developing PS4?

    The company started a conceptual discussion of PS4 five years ago, in 2008.

    Who led the the PS4 project?

    PS4 was a global effort led by SCEI’s Engineering group, with feedback from WorldWide Studios development teams, Sony Computer Entertainment’s corporate design center and more. Veteran game developer Mark Cerny serves as PS4 Architect.

    What screen resolutions will PS4 support?

    PS4 will support 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p video standards via HDMI output.

    Will PS4 support 4K content for video or gaming?

    Support for high-resolution 4K output for still images and movie content is in consideration, but there are no further details to share at this time. PS4 does not currently support 4K output for games.

    Can I use my standard-definition TV with PS4?

    The resolution of PS4’s HDMI output changes automatically depending on the TV or monitor connected. Of course, PS4 has been designed to deliver games with rich, high-fidelity graphics that are best enjoyed on HD TVs.

    Does PS4 support analog video or audio output?

    No. PS4’s video and audio are transmitted using HDMI, a common digital connector found on most HD TVs. Additionally, PS4 can output 5.1 or 7.1 audio via DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL).

    Do I need to “reset” my video settings if I change TVs, as on PS3?

    This process will not be necessary for PS4.

    Will PS4 support any 3D content, including stereoscopic 3D games?

    Technically, PS4 supports 3D gameplay at launch in North America, though no launch titles are currently 3D compatible.

     

    What disc format does PS4 use?

    Physical PS4 games come on Blu-ray Disc, the best form of media capable of handling the large amounts of data that PS4 requires.

    What are the benefits of PS4’s new Blu-ray Disc technology?

    PS4’s Blu-ray Disc reader operates at a higher speed than the model featured in the PS3 system, and includes a range of Blu-ray Disc sizes.

    When playing disc-based games on PS4, do I need to install data to the hard drive?

    Yes, all PS4 Blu-ray Disc games must be cached to the hard drive to ensure a smooth gaming experience. However, certain titles may not require you to wait for the game data to be fully cached before starting gameplay. In order to start playing disc-based games, users will need to insert the game disc into PS4 just like on the PS3 system.

    If I rent a game disc, and then decide I want to buy it digitally, can I use the mandatory install to avoid downloading it and just activate my license?

    No, in this example you would have to delete the disc install data and fully install the digital version of the game.

    Will I be able to watch Blu-ray movies on PS4?

    Yes, you will need to download and install PS4’s day-one system software update 1.50, and then activate your Blu-ray Disc video capability with a one-time activation through the internet in order to play Blu-ray Disc films and DVD video content.

    What if I’m not able to or don’t want to connect my PS4 system online?

    PS4 owners in North America can contact SCEA Consumer Services at (800) 345-7669 to request a Blu-ray activation disc that will be distributed via mail.

    Can I watch DVD movies using PS4?

    Yes, PS4 supports DVD movie playback; you will need to download and install PS4’s day-one system software update 1.50, and then activate your Blu-ray Disc video capability with a one-time activation through the internet in order to play Blu-ray Disc films and DVD video content.

    Can I listen to audio CDs using PS4?

    No, PS4 does not support audio CDs.

    If you want to view the full thing, click the options below:

     

    PS4 System Details

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    Peripherals & Accessories

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    PS Vita Remote Play

    PS Plus & Online Multiplayer

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  • 36 Comments

    1. rot
      10-30-2013
      12:45 PM
      1

      http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/...north-america/

    2. GregoryRasputin
      10-30-2013
      12:59 PM
      2

      Originally Posted by rot
      http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/...north-america/

      The links are on the front page...

    3. TOM1211
      10-30-2013
      01:03 PM
      3

      Ahh a disk available to activate the features without internet.!

    4. choujij
      10-30-2013
      02:02 PM
      4

      Will users be able to connect an external hard drive to expand storage on PS4?

      No, this feature is not supported on PS4.
      Wait... What? I'm assuming this means for game installations and downloads. But surely the transferring of saves, profiles and media will be?

      Does PS4 support analog video or audio output?

      No. PS4’s video and audio are transmitted using HDMI, a common digital connector found on most HD TVs. Additionally, PS4 can output 5.1 or 7.1 audio via DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL).
      The end of an era. I just hope they have resolved the HDMI handshake problems that plagued some PS3 users.

    5. Retrohelix
      10-30-2013
      02:16 PM
      5

      no Audio CD playback?!

      While I wont miss this feature, I'm sure some audiophiles will.

    6. AlexBaka
      10-30-2013
      02:53 PM
      6

      Starting game line up so weak...

    7. RClausen89
      10-30-2013
      03:10 PM
      7

      Still not any news about mkv and srt support?, sure hope that is supported.

    8. gingerbread
      10-30-2013
      08:50 PM
      8

      Will I be able to install system software update 1.50 via a USB drive?

      Yes, you will be able to download the firmware to your PC and transfer it to the PS4 system using a USB memory stick. However, to use the USB method the first time you take the PS4 system out of the box and before installing system software update 1.50, you�ll need to enable safemode. When the PS4 system is powered off, press and hold the Power Button for seven seconds to enter safemode.

      So this mean, you don't need an internet connection to update your FW.

      I think there is some mis-information.

      Currently on the sony blog :

      Will users be able to connect an external hard drive to expand storage on the PS4 system?
      No, this feature is not supported on PS4.

      IGN claims that:

      Code:
      http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/10/30/ps4-does-not-support-external-hard-drives
      Although Sony will not allow game date/caches and games to be installed on an external hard drive (Just like PS3), I think PS4 will support USB Thumb Drives.

      There has to be a ways to copy game saves to USB sticks and back to the system.

    9. OoZic
      10-30-2013
      09:00 PM
      9

      Does 10x more processing power also means 10x more devs to program that extra processing power for an acceptable PS4 game

    10. OoZic
      10-30-2013
      09:03 PM
      10

      Originally Posted by gingerbread
      Will I be able to install system software update 1.50 via a USB drive?

      Yes, you will be able to download the firmware to your PC and transfer it to the PS4 system using a USB memory stick. However, to use the USB method the first time you take the PS4 system out of the box and before installing system software update 1.50, you’ll need to enable safemode. When the PS4 system is powered off, press and hold the Power Button for seven seconds to enter safemode.

      So this mean, you don't need an internet connection to update your FW.
      if the update comes on the game disk you are right, but if you did read other threads about this you would know $ony does not do that with the PS4. So how to download the update if you are in the middle of nowhere ?

      Edit: posts don't get merged anymore?

    11. gingerbread
      10-30-2013
      09:10 PM
      11

      Originally Posted by OoZic
      if the update comes on the game disk you are right, but if you did read the thread you would know $ony does not do that with the PS4. So how to download the update if you are in the middle of nowhere ?

      Edit: posts don't get emerged anymore?

      Yeap, I read it. Update file is not included on Game Discs.

      So the only way is to download the update file off the internet. I am not sure if sony is going to make firmware downloadable from their site. If yes, it is great.

      If not we have to rely on our community to make the PUP file available and boot PS4 into safe mode and update the system.

    12. OoZic
      10-30-2013
      09:18 PM
      12

      Originally Posted by RClausen89
      Still not any news about mkv and srt support?, sure hope that is supported.
      Better buy a decent mediaplayer for your media files, much better and even the worst manufacturers will give you better support than $ony will ever do..... I can't imagine $ony will allow XMBC on the PS4 for example, my 3D mediaplayer does and it isn't spying on me while I watch something and it is more open sourced also

    13. naxil
      10-30-2013
      09:54 PM
      13

      can install cfw on my ps4?

      Maybe, if some hacker found the way for do it, but for sure u can find very soon a ODE..... because cfw not sell lot of HW......

      I hope hacker break the system before 25th december....

      Iam not very enthusiast of this gen... i think only Exclusive can save that console...

    14. mschumacher69
      10-31-2013
      05:13 AM
      14

      The PS4 system does not support client functionality for media servers or DLNA support in order to stream videos or movies from a home PC.
      The PS4 does not support audio CDs.
      The PS4 does not support mp3s.

      WTF????? I use my console to stream media more than I use it to play games!!! How can they remove such crucial functionality??? I wonder if it even plays xvid, mp4 and mkv!!

      I'm sticking with my PS3 for the time being...

    15. VIRGIN KLM
      10-31-2013
      06:18 AM
      15

      Can I listen to audio CDs using PS4?
      No, PS4 does not support audio CDs.
      ...lame, at best...

    16. TitaniumL
      10-31-2013
      06:22 AM
      16

      Originally Posted by mschumacher69
      The PS4 system does not support client functionality for media servers or DLNA support in order to stream videos or movies from a home PC.
      The PS4 does not support audio CDs.
      The PS4 does not support mp3s.

      WTF????? I use my console to stream media more than I use it to play games!!! How can they remove such crucial functionality??? I wonder if it even plays xvid, mp4 and mkv!!

      I'm sticking with my PS3 for the time being...
      Yea I'm surprised about the no DLNA tbh. I use my PS3 to stream shows, movies a lot.

    17. TOM1211
      10-31-2013
      06:48 AM
      17

      Originally Posted by gingerbread
      Yeap, I read it. Update file is not included on Game Discs.

      So the only way is to download the update file off the internet. I am not sure if sony is going to make firmware downloadable from their site. If yes, it is great.

      If not we have to rely on our community to make the PUP file available and boot PS4 into safe mode and update the system.
      But you can request a disc from sony with activation on so maybe it would be a separate disc?

    18. amr_sg
      10-31-2013
      06:55 AM
      18

      ps4 you cant play all games on psn free you must have to pay for games like cod bf4 nfs ......

    19. bammo
      10-31-2013
      08:38 AM
      19

      wtf?? are you serious? no mp3s?? what a fu***** joke fu** you sony pos

    20. tjhooker73
      10-31-2013
      09:16 AM
      20

      Originally Posted by TitaniumL
      Yea I'm surprised about the no DLNA tbh. I use my PS3 to stream shows, movies a lot.
      I'm sure it will be added later. 1 by Sony with a patch. 2 by hackers. The codecs for mp3 could be added. DLNA can probably be added relitivly easily.
      Time to format my 20+ GB of mp3 to FLAC format.

      Sent from my HTC One X Running PACman ROM

    21. Theeze
      10-31-2013
      10:06 AM
      21

      No external HDD suport
      This is to stop people from hacking saves, I don't see any other reason to exclude it, even the WiiU supports externals.

      The lack of DLNA is a huge blow, say what you want but that feature is used more often than gaming, which probably means popular video formats aren't even supported out of the box.

      No MP3 support
      This one is easy to figure out, they're trying to force you into their music unlimited service, no one is stupid enough to give in, they'll eventually realize no one wants their ****ty service.

      No PSone Support
      Ok, this is extremely stupid, I get that they want everything to be on the cloud, but even today's low end PC's can run psx emulation with ease, you're telling me Sony with their proprietary tools can't port this on the easiest platform?

      They're giving plenty reason for hackers to try and open this console up. They better get their act straight, someone should tell Sony that Preorders are not guaranteed sales as they can be cancelled at any time.

    22. GregoryRasputin
      10-31-2013
      10:20 AM
      22

      Originally Posted by Theeze
      They're giving plenty reason for hackers to try and open this console up. They better get their act straight, someone should tell Sony that Preorders are not guaranteed sales as they can be cancelled at any time.

    23. gingerbread
      10-31-2013
      10:22 AM
      23

      Originally Posted by Theeze
      No external HDD suport
      This is to stop people from hacking saves, I don't see any other reason to exclude it, even the WiiU supports externals.

      The lack of DLNA is a huge blow, say what you want but that feature is used more often than gaming, which probably means popular video formats aren't even supported out of the box.

      No MP3 support
      This one is easy to figure out, they're trying to force you into their music unlimited service, no one is stupid enough to give in, they'll eventually realize no one wants their ****ty service.

      No PSone Support
      Ok, this is extremely stupid, I get that they want everything to be on the cloud, but even today's low end PC's can run psx emulation with ease, you're telling me Sony with their proprietary tools can't port this on the easiest platform?

      They're giving plenty reason for hackers to try and open this console up. They better get their act straight, someone should tell Sony that Preorders are not guaranteed sales as they can be cancelled at any time.
      More restriction = More Motivation for hackers = Win for the community
      As soon as PS4 is hacked, someone is definitely going to port ePSXe to PS4. Maybe even PCSX2.


      The FAQ states No external HDD support but it did not say no external USB sticks.
      I am not sure if they intentionally word their FAQ in this manor or not. I believe USB stick will work.

    24. Theeze
      10-31-2013
      10:33 AM
      24

      Originally Posted by gingerbread
      More restriction = More Motivation for hackers = Win for the community
      As soon as PS4 is hacked, someone is definitely going to port ePSXe to PS4. Maybe even PCSX2.


      The FAQ states No external HDD support but it did not say no external USB sticks.
      I am not sure if they intentionally word their FAQ in this manor or not. I believe USB stick will work.
      I believe anything that's labeled as external storage isn't supported in normal mode, which is why they tell you can update with a usb device in safe mode.

    25. gingerbread
      10-31-2013
      10:42 AM
      25

      Originally Posted by Theeze
      I believe anything that's labeled as external storage isn't supported in normal mode, which is why they tell you can update with a usb device in safe mode.
      If that is so, it is retarded and sad! What kind of game system does not allow user to copy/backup their game save to a storage media! This is supposed to be a fundamental basic feature!

    26. choujij
      10-31-2013
      01:13 PM
      26

      It seems Sony is up to their old tricks. More than anything, they're probably trying to tighten up security on the new console, as well as push people in to doing everything their way. So that means media their way, saves transfers their way, etc., which means you spend more $$$.

      At present this is not a huge concern for me, because A) I use an HTPC for all my media needs, and B) I know it will make that system a much bigger target for hackers to open that sucker up. Apparently, Sony is incapable of understanding that principle.

    27. Romangelo
      10-31-2013
      05:29 PM
      27

      These limitations make people want to hack the PS4 more.

      they're becoming Apple, telling their customers don't do this, don't do that, even though the devices are powerful enough to do so but we just don't want you to do even though you bought it!! GFYS Sony.

    28. aries2k
      10-31-2013
      06:16 PM
      28

      Damn. I�m stunned. No Dlna??? WTF. No mp3?? WTF. how much does a damn mp3 licence cost?
      So no mp4/avi either??? Does this ps4 even allow you to view pictures?
      What no external HDD/pen while in normal mode?? The sad part is that makes sense since you couldn�t use anything on it.
      So we went from current generation where "it only does everything" to Next Generation where it only plays games.....does it even do that without the day one patch?
      Next Gen seems like bare bones
      Lol, I don�t know if I should laugh or cry.

    29. haz367
      10-31-2013
      06:50 PM
      29

      what did u expect anyway from snony.....they dont give a crap about we..the customers....get real
      nontheless it looks sweet this box

    30. tjhooker73
      10-31-2013
      07:02 PM
      30

      I wanna see it hacked up and turned into a steam box. Next gen hacking will be wonderful.

      Sent from my HTC One X Running PACman ROM

    31. Theeze
      10-31-2013
      09:07 PM
      31

      MS is doing the same, I can't believe both of these idiots are screwing this up, I hope there's a phone jack port, my 56k has been collecting dust over a decade, maybe they'll implement it on future revisions, after all these consoles are a throwback to 1999.

    32. ezPeaSy3Queezy
      11-01-2013
      08:19 PM
      32

      The fact that Sony do not have in place any media server without any updates to its firmware tells me other things too. Obviously SCE is protecting itself and attempting to do this by making its system even more closed by also restricting use of USB 3 ports. So what purpose will they serve...I wonder if anything much more than charging ports for controller which I never use my USB2 ports on PS3 for since I use a separately self powered charging dock. The other things it tells me is to expect many more updates with firmware incrementally as with PS3 to add new features but they could have given us a load more with original release, I understand bug fixing can be more time demanding this way though.

      I will miss having a console used as a media server and was considering ordering a PS4, now I will wait until a full list stating official specifications these ship with. Like everyone else has said, Sony's actions means only one thing, hackers will arise to the challenge. I was always disappointed to see Sony abandon CBEA for their CPU and was expecting their R&D of their next gen chips to have taken in PS4 - I really do not care about lazy programmers not wanting to learn, but a decent SDK would not go amiss.

      Sony spent billions on development on bettering the Cell and failed in a few other areas with PS3, while it was next gen console unlike the now PS4 which won't stand up as well for ten or so years as PS3 will we could have seen much better offering from Sony had they continued with their improvements. XDR2 and next gen Cell which Sony have already developed and had been doing for some years before and after they bought out all patents and factory. IBM also has a new gen Cell chip they said they could have offered. There was a news report on a third party site about this a few years ago about Sony developing 60 + core Cell chips (don't quote me on the exact multi-core number...it may well be much lower but they were talking for applications for servers and supercomputers so...) that were super power efficient and so much more powerful but like many things with Sony, they abandon things. I imagine production run costs could have also been reduced had they deployed their newer energy efficient chips in their other devices as they originally had envisioned and planned to do back when developing plans for PS3, but we all knew it was a hard sell and Sony didn't go the extra mile to make it happen in their other products and probably had their reasons for this. A closed box system still has its advantages...but not with common components that are already very dated...the PS4 may well last 5-8 years but it is already dated components and nothing ground breaking by any means, just means they went to cheap to manufacture route and removed all features in the process to protect their IP.

      At least they aren't making any promised this time like they did with Linux and we will have a more powerful machine in one regard, it will allow lazy programmer to use RAM capacity as opposed to quality of fast RAM like XDR and XDR 2 brings. Still, this means more games on paper and probable easier to port from PC to PS4...but then we could just use a PC. I am not sure how Sony will fair with exclusive on PS4 or even if it will be possible for it to save this console as it was with PS3. And we only now have full HD at 1080P with PS4.

      I own 8 PS3 consoles and am unlikely to ever own a PS4, unless of course I decide to order one to sit in a corner until it is hacked, why> Because Sony are pleading with us to have this take place. I won't be buying any PS4 games either. I do buy games for PS3 and I am a full PS+ subscriber and also Music Unlimited subscriber and I will miss media server ability and audio CD, even if I did not use these I would miss them because it screams - it lacks functionality. I really don't see much point in having a PS4 right now even though we will have full HD @ 1080P and probably some good games.

      At least software designers and coders for PS4 can be lazy again and not have to make complex algorithms but just make their software use massive amounts of RAM instead of optimum code, like any decent programmer should.

    33. OoZic
      11-02-2013
      09:36 AM
      33

      "The Ultimate PS4 FAQ" ..... how many PS4 faq's are there actually?

    34. delukard
      11-03-2013
      06:58 PM
      34

      Does anyone know the power consumption of The ps4 and the xb1? i have used google but so far not any single site mentions this.
      I'm asking because Where a live, the electric bill is expensive and my Gaming pc uses 150 max (hd 7750 and core i5) and because of this i'm playing mostly on pc (compared to my fat ps3 almost 300 watts!!)

    35. bammo
      11-04-2013
      05:10 AM
      35

      ok ill make sure ill do what you say... get off my di** worry about yourself and not others chief

    36. gingerbread
      11-13-2013
      09:59 AM
      36

      Looks like saves CAN be copied to USB.

      Official PS4 Online Guide

      Code:
      http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps4/game/copydata.html
      I think the approach is the same is PS3. There could be saves that can be copied or have copy-protection (Set by Game Devs).