2013

 

18th January 2013
Eurogamer release details on the PS Orbis, here are the specifications they give:
*8 Core 1.6ghz AMD processor.
*Radeon HD with 18 compute units at 800MHz.
*4GB GDDR5 Ram with 512mb reserved for operating system.
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23rd January 2013
Kotaku receive a leaked email containing information on PS Orbis Dev Kits, thanks to the infamous SuperDaE, here are specifications of the Dev Kit DVKT-KS000K:
*System Memory: 8GB
*Video Memory: 2.2 GB
*CPU: 4x Dual-Core AMD64 “Bulldozer” (so, 8x cores)
*GPU: AMD R10xx
*Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 2x Ethernet
*Drive: Blu-Ray
*HDD: 160GB
*Audio Output: HDMI & Optical, 2.0, 5.1 & 7.1 channels
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15th February 2013
A picture of an early prototype controller for the console has been leaked by Destructoid an can be found on the internet. The photo indicates that Sony is integrating a touchscreen and possibly PlayStation Move functionality. Although it’s clear this is a very early prototype, it is still the first time the world sees the light bar on the back.

20th February 2013
At a Press Conference on February 20th Sony Computer Entertainment officially announced the PlayStation 4 console. However, the console itself was not yet shown. The PS4 gets an x86-soc and 8GB gddr5 ram. Furthermore, the DualShock 4 controller includes a touchpad and supports 3D camera tracking. The combined CPU/GPU would have a bandwidth of 170 GB per second and has a calculation speed of 2 teraflops. A second custom chip in the console allows it to download updates, also in sleep mode.

20th February 2013
Information is revealed about the DualShock 4.
The DualShock 4 features a Share Button which can be used to view which games your friends play, while it allows you to edit your game-play and sent it to others. Share Play should allow your friends to take over the controls of a game via the internet, or it can be used to stream locally to the Vita, here are specifications of the DS4:
*External Dimensions Approx: 162mm x 52mm x 98mm (width x height x depth)
(tentative, excludes largest projection)
*Weight Approx: 210g (tentative)
*Keys/Switches: PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button,
*Directional buttons: (Up/Down/Left/Right),
*Action buttons: (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square),
R1/L1/R2/L2 button, Left stick / L3 button, Right stick / R3
button, Pad Button
*Touch Pad: 2 Point Touch Pad, Click Mechanism, Capacitive Type
*Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, threeaxis accelerometer)
*Other Features: Light Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker
*Ports: USB (Micro B), Extension Port, Stereo Headset Jack
*Wireless Communication: Bluetooth® Ver2.1+EDR
*Battery Type: Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery
Voltage DC3.7V (tentative)
Capacity 1000mAh (tentative)

Also revealed was the PlayStation Camera, the specs are as followed:
*External Dimension: Approx. 186mm x 27mm x 27mm (width x height x depth)
(tentative)
*Weight: Approx. 183g (tentative)
*Video Pixel: (Maximum) 1280 x 800 pixel x 2
*Video Frame Rate: 1280×800 pixel @ 60fps
640×400 pixel @ 120fps
320×192 pixel @ 240fps
*Video Format: RAW, YUV (uncompressed)
*Lens: Dual Lenses, F value/F2.0 fixed focus
*Capture Range: 30cm~∞
*Field-of-View: 85°
*Microphone: 4 Channel Microphone Array
*Connection Type: PS4 dedicated connector (AUX connector)
*Cable Length: Approx. 2m (tentative)
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15th March 2013
According to Tony Tamasi of Nvidia the company deliberately choose not to provide hardware for the PlayStation 4 because of the price Sony was willing to pay. Because of this the console is powered by AMD. (Source)

 

3rd May 2013
Through an app he created, SKFU discovered PS4 files on the PS Store.

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29th May 2013
Sony requires game makers to implement the Remote Play feature for PlayStation Vita. The only exception to this applies for games that use functionalities for the PlayStation Eye camera.

 

10th June 2013
Andrew House revealed the appearance of the PlayStation 4 during Sony’s annual press conference at the E3 in Los Angeles. We are told the console will cost 399 euro/dollar or 349 pound. Which makes it a lot cheaper than it’s rival the Xbox One although that includes the Kinect. Sony did not give a release date at this point. (See video at +/- minute 54)

The specs of the machine are as follows:

  • Product name: PlayStation 4 Jet Black
  • Product code: CUH-1000A series
  • Recommended retail price: US $399, Canada $399, Europe €399, and UK £349
  • Main processor: Single-chip custom processor
  • CPU: x86/64 AMD “Jaguar”, eight cores
  • GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine
  • Memory: GDDR5 8GB
  • Storage: 500GB hard disk drive
  • External dimensions: Approx 275x53x305mm (width x height x length -tentative, excludes largest projection)
  • Mass: Approx 2.8kg
  • Optical Drive: BD x6 CAV, DVD x8 CAV (read only)
  • Input/Output: Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0) port x2, AUX port x1
  • Networking: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) x1, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)
  • AV Output: HDMI out port, Toslink SPDIF
  • Included: PlayStation 4 system, wireless controller (Dual Shock) x1, mono headset x1, AC power cord x1, HDMI cable x1, USB cable x1

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20th June 2018
Some details about the PlayStation 4 operating system are published on vgleaks.com.  The console runs on Orbis OS based on FreeBSD 9.0. Presumably AMD and Sony worked together to build a video driver for Orbis OS, partly because there were no catalyst drivers for the BSD operating system.
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20th August 2013
Sony announces at the Gamescom Press Conference that the PlayStation 4 console will be available from November in 32 countries. No specific details per country were given, but we do know this:

  • Release America: 15 November 2013
  • Release Europe: 29 November 2013

Marc Diana senior product marketing manager at AMD says only PlayStation 4 uses the hUMA technology. The use of unified memory access can provide a significant performance advantage compared to the Xbox One. hUMA allows the CPU and GPU to use the same memory in the apu at the same time. In traditional systems the memory of the cpu and the gpu are separated. This information was later dismissed by AMD.

During a recent Gamescom 2013 interview, an AMD spokesperson made inaccurate statements regarding the details of our semi-custom APU architectures. AMD will not comment on the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PS4 memory architectures and will not speak for Microsoft, Sony or other AMD customers.

 

 

24th September 2013
Sony joins forces with Taco Bell to give away some PS4’s, winners will receive the console before the official US release date.

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31st September 2013
Sony confirms the PlayStation 4 will feature voice command capabilities through the PlayStation Eye Camera or a headset. (Source)

 

 

 

7th November 2013
Yasuhiro Ootori a Sony engineering director takes apart an early version of the console piece by piece. Only four screws shielded by stickers keep the two parts of the casing together. Once opened the cooling and power supply can be removed. The optical drive is also found in the top layer and can easily be removed. (Source / Video)

7th November 2013
[Official Firmware Release]
Version 1.06

8th November 2013
Amazon post an image of their warehouse filled with PS4’s ready to be sent to customers.

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13th November 2013
Sony has released an official PlayStation App in Europe available for iOS and Android. The free app can connect to a PlayStation 4 and allows users to chat with friends, receive notifications, invitations and it can be used as an on-screen keyboard.

 

13th November 2013
[Official Firmware Release]
Version 1.50

13th November 2013
arogon a Reddit user posts that he has received a Taco Bell PS4, won in a competition, he then reports that he is having problems with the console and speaks of a pulsing blue light and no signal on his TV.
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15th November 2013
The PlayStation 4 was released in the United States and immediately afterwards PlayStation Network experienced problems. It is possible the network experienced these problems because of the 300mb day one update and game downloads.

 

 

15th November 2013
[Game Release] Battlefield 4
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Contrast
Doki-Doki Universe
Escape Plan Puzzle
FIFA 14 Sport
flOw
Flower
Forced
Killzone Shadow Fall
Knack
Lego Marvel Super Heroes

15th November 2013
iFixit do a teardown of the PS4

 

Full Teardown

 

16th November 2013
PS4 owners start complaining about a blue light problem on their PS4’s, which prohibit them from using it, it is dubbed “The Blue Light Of Death”
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17th November 2013
Sony release a guide on how to troubleshoot the The Blue Light Of Death problem.
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20th November 2013
[Official Firmware Release]
Version 1.51

22nd November 2013
[Game Release] Assassin’s Creed IV : Black Flag

29th November 2013
The PS4 is released in UK and Europe

 

29th November 2013
The PlayStation Network went offline after the European release. As a result gamers who bought a day one console cannot start multiplayer games. Also downloading the so-called day one update is not possible. That update includes firmware 1.50 which is necessary for remote play with a Vita and to get the Share function up and running.

29th November 2013
[PS4 Model Release]
SIE release a Magma Red DualShock 4 and a Wave Blue DualShock 4 in Europe.


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1st December 2013
A “hacker” that used the alias Reckz0r claims that a vulnerability was detected in Orbis OS. According to him it is relatively easy to crack the console. In the description of the method a file must be placed on a USB stick. Then the console must be started in safe mode in order to activate the exploit, after this the software could run without the normally required digital signature making homebrew possible. This of course was a big fat scam and more information can be found on Wololo.net
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3rd December 2013
Since the console was released in North America nearly 2,1 million copies have been sold worldwide. A third of these was sold in Europe and Australia. According to Sony the launch is the most successful so far.
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11th December 2013
[Official Firmware Release]
Version 1.52