The PlayStation 4 (PS4) is a home gaming console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment. Announced as the successor to the Ps3 3 in February 2013, it had been launched on November 15, 2013 in THE UNITED STATES, November 29, 2013 in Europe, SOUTH USA and Australia, and on February 22, 2014 in Japan. A console of the eight generation, it competes with Microsoft’s Xbox One and Nintendo’s Wii U and Switch.
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Leaving the more technical Cell microarchitecture of its predecessor, the console features an AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) built after the x86-64 architecture, that may theoretically peak at 1.84 teraflops; AMD explained that it had been the “most effective” APU it had developed to date. The PlayStation 4 places an elevated focus on social interaction and integration with other devices and services, like the capability to play games off-console on PlayStation Vita and other supported devices (“Remote Play”), the opportunity to stream gameplay online or even to friends, with them controlling gameplay remotely (“Share Play”). The console’s controller was also redesigned and improved over the Ps3 3, with improved buttons and analog sticks, and a built-in touchpad among other changes. The console also supports HDR10 High-dynamic-range video and playback of 4K resolution multimedia.
The PlayStation 4 premiered to critical acclaim, with critics praising Sony for acknowledging its consumers’ needs, embracing independent game development, and for not imposing the restrictive digital rights management schemes like those at first announced by Microsoft for the Xbox One. Critics and third-party studios, before its launch, also praised the capacities of the PlayStation 4 compared to its competitors; developers described the performance difference between your console and Xbox One as “significant” and “obvious”. Heightened demand also helped Sony top global console sales. By October 2019, PS4 became the next best-selling home game console ever, behind the PlayStation 2.
On September 7, 2016, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 Slim, a smaller version of the console; and a high-end version called the PlayStation 4 Pro, which features an upgraded GPU and an increased CPU clock rate to aid increased performance and 4K resolution in supported games.