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Sources reveal new PS4 features?

Sources who claim to be close to the PS4's hardware development have supposedly shared new information on Sony's next-gen console, such as controller features and specs.

Earlier we reported on Sony's teaser video that hints at a reveal of the PS4 at their "See the Future" event on Feb. 20.

Now even more sources have made new claims on the capabilities and features of Sony's next-gen console, such as the PS4 will be even more powerful than Microsoft's new Xbox. Some of the other new features include changes on the PS4's controller like an integrated Share button and a touchpad.

While these sources claim to be close to the PS4's hardware development, their claims still haven't been confirmed and therefore must remain speculation.

Below you can find a categorization of each of the claims made to the PlayStation 4, as well as their capabilities and differences from Sony's current PlayStation 3 console:

Seen above is the "Heatshock", one of the many PS4 controller concepts.

The PS4 Controller

As far as the PlayStation 4's controller, sources claim that the console will ship with a redesigned controller that makes use of a small touchpad instead of the Start, Select and PS buttons. The controller is supposedly the same size as the DualShock controller, and the touchpad technology is based on that found on the PS Vita and responds in a similar manner.

Along with the touchpad, a new Share button has been included, allowing gamers to share their user-created content such as screenshots and video online, adding an easy-to-use social mechanism to gaming. Users will be able to edit up to 15 minutes of on-screen action–which is recorded by the PS4 itself–and broadcast it through the internet.

A new Share button on the controller will, when pressed, launch a new feature that will allow screenshots and video to be distributed online. The PS4 hardware will continually record the most recent 15 minutes of onscreen action (with no processing penalty, claims our source), which users will then be able to edit and broadcast via the Internet.

The launch

Alongside the console, Sony will also introduce a new, improved iteration of its PlayStation Eye peripheral, which remains compatible with the PlayStation Move controller. Move will be available at launch, but it’s not clear yet whether it will be bundled with the hardware.

Under the Hood – PS4's Specs

Sources have gone on to report on one of the most important parts of the PS4: its specs. The following specifications have not been confirmed and still remain rumor, and may in fact be totally erroneous.

As far as specs, the dev. sources have supposedly confirmed that some of the recently leaked specs are in fact accurate, and that Sony is pushing to match Microsoft's supposed 8GB of RAM for the next Xbox console. The PS4's development hardware is also purported to be much more PC-like in its makeup than the PS3, providing more opportunities to developers that may not have been there before.

In terms of RAM, Sony may use an 8 GB GDDR5 that's capable of data speeds of up to 176 GB/s for the PlayStation 4, which will definitely alleviate many of the PS3's many in-game performance issues.

One of the more interesting concept pieces depicting the PS4.

Sources also go on to say that both Microsoft's and Sony's consoles will utilize an eight-core AMD CPU that's clocked at 1.6GHz, yet Microsoft has supposedly planned to make use of a D3D11.x GPU whereas Sony has chosen a more capable solution with AMD's R10XX architecture.

A source who is familiar with the PS4's hardware says that Sony's system is "slightly more powerful" and that it is "very simple to work with", which will most likely garner praise from game developers.

To showcase the PS4's capabilities, Sony plans to demonstrate the console's full ability in terms of graphics and hardware performance with huge budget releases such as the next-gen Uncharted sequel.

All in all, gamers around the world may find out what the PlayStation 4 has under its hood on Feb. 20th during Sony's "See The Future" event, where Sony plans to unveil their new next-gen console.

Via Edge Online

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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