Sony Just Unveiled the Mother of All PlayStation 4 FAQs

Everything you wanted to know about the PS4.

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You know all those pre-launch hardware FAQs the game blogs like to run before new consoles arrive? Yeah, forget about them, because Sony just rolled one out that’ll take you the better part of an afternoon to comb through, and it covers everything short of Sony Japan honcho Kazuo Hirai’s favorite Kaz Hirai animated GIF. I’m loathe to try to find the PS4 minutia that hasn’t been covered already, because good lord, look at the size of this thing.

But okay, I suppose the power brick thing’s new, because, you know, covering the bases. Someone (or someones) must have been pestering Sony about internal versus external power supplies, because there’s the answer, right up top under “What comes in the PS4 box at launch?” Not an external power brick, unlike the Xbox 360 (or, apparently, the Xbox One). Make of that what you will.

I’m pleased to see the company divulging the sort of spec drill-down you sometimes have to wait for interviews to get, like the hard drive spinning at 5400 RPM and supporting SATA II (also, that you’ll need a minimum 160GB hard drive if you’re going to drop your own in). Alas, external hard drives will not be supported: point, Microsoft.

And lest you thought the PlayStation 4’s default launch color was clearly “black,” oh no, think again. It’s apparently “jet black.” Get it right, people!

4 comments
extensionist
extensionist

not having external hd, mp3 or DLNA support is a deal breaker for me and has motivated me to prepare for cancellation of my day one ps4 pre-order. these are things we assumed would be included. it's shady of sony to notify us of a rollback on standard features only a few weeks before launch and after many of us have already received our accessories (controllers) in the mail.... luckily best-buy has a nice in-store return policy. unless they pull a microsoft and reverse their decision posthaste, i'll stick to gaming on my pc... also, if this was simply a gaming console and not a media center then why do they offer premium (PAID) services for streaming their entertainment content?

MarkRolfe
MarkRolfe

Since this is a console made foe GAMING...if you want to watch a movie i use a blu ray player, if i want music ipod dock, Playstaion is gaming console made for gaming period, if you wanta multi media platform then buy a xbox one.

firefly212
firefly212

no DLNA support really blows, and I really don't mind external power bricks, since my ps3 cooked itself.

JT1
JT1

..No mp3 support, No compact disc (CD) support, No DLNA support (i.e. no movie streaming).  

That is intentional, to pressure the consumer into purchasing Sony's products i.e. music/movies from their Store. 

This is reason alone to boycott Sony.