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The Playstation 4 Strides Confidently Ahead of the Xbox One

By Andrew Burgon / phoenix@projectfellowship.com
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March 7, 2014

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The Playstation 4 is the Console to Beat

Sony has no intention of being left behind in the console race. While it sports the same 1.8 GHz 8-core Jaguar CPU and 8GB of memory as the Xbox One it’s streaming processors and higher bandwidth GDDR5 memory get’s it across the finishing line first. A GPU performance of 1.84 TeraFLOPS/s as opposed to the Xbox One’s 1.33 TeraFLOPS/s.

They have also implemented some cool improvements into their controller.  It has an inbuilt speaker helping to mimic the sound of a bullet as it goes by your head. A convenient headphone jack for some late night play. Two joysticks that are domed and edged to give you greater control. The Dualshock 4 controller has also beefed up somewhat giving it a fuller and heavier feel to it. The incorporated touchpad helps you to navigate around the screen. The share button allows you to broadcast the game you’re playing to your friends wherever they are in the world. If you prefer you can share a screenshot or the last 15 minutes of your awesome game play. You can even switch the controls over to your on-line friend while you go and pick up that pizza. How awesome is that?

The Playstation 4 practically screams it’s social intentions with it’s embrace of online communities and the ever growing game-streaming culture. Speaking of live streaming, the Playstation 4’s camera allows you to video yourself while streaming a game so you can narrate your play and liven up your broadcast. The device can also be used for voice chat and issue voice commands to the built-in microphone.

Once logged in you can find out what your friends recent or current activities are, the trophies they’ve achieved, the video clips and screenshots they’ve shared and the live streams they’re broadcasting via Twitch and Ustream. A player’s social activities aren’t confined to the Playstation Network either. You can connect to others through services like facebook and twitter.

You can add 2000 friends to your friendship list which should  be enough for this life and the next! Fortunately, you do not have to keep a mental note of which friend has what username. Using two-way authorization you can make it so their real names are listed.

Have a friend urging you to join him in a multiplayer game but don’t have it installed? You can just download the multiplayer component fairly quickly and after a short wait jump into a game with them.

Over at a friend’s place and want to show him the latest game you have been playing. No problem,you can use a guest account on your friend’s PS4 and download games you own. When you log out the content you downloaded will be automatically erased.

For those who don’t want their social gaming life confined to their homes there is also a Playstation companion app, free for iOS and Android, that will give you access to many Playstation Network features like seeing what your friends are up to and watching their livestreams.

Players can now play supported titles on their PlayStation Vita via wireless LAN. Games like Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed 4 and Killzone: Shadow Fall are all playable on the Vita. There are limits though to how far away from your router you can play before play is affectived negatively.

On a minor note, provided you have another controller you can also play air hockey with a friend.
 
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