PS4 launch: specs, games, features and more – everything here

Friday, 29th November 2013 08:55 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4 is out now. VG247′s Dave Cook runs down all of the console and game essentials from specs and launch games, to future releases and interesting quotes. Get it all inside.

Christ alive it’s actually happening isn’t it? Someone pinch me.

We’re finally here, the day PS4 has launched throughout the west, and from this side of the fence it’s been one hell of a wild ride. Over the past few years we’ve seen several mad theories regarding Sony’s next-gen strategy, but now there’s no shroud or mysteries left to unravel, just the bare facts presented for your consideration. What happens after today is anyone’s guess, but we’ll be here as always, writing about it from our orbital news platform that never sleeps.

So to mark this momentous occasion, I thought I’d compile a hub page full of the juiciest quotes, the essential knowledge and impressions from our own team. Consider it a PS4 survival guide if you will.

The PS4 reveal and launch day details

PS4 Games

  • PS4 will cost $399 / £349 on its own and games will come in at a range of prices, both physical and digital. You’ll find the entire PS4 launch game line-up through the link.
  • This trailer states that here are over 180 games in development for PS4 right now.
  • At the official US launch event we saw the first Uncharted 4 teaser trailer, and inFamous: Second Son was dated along with some new footage.
  • If you buy a game disc and install it to your PS4 hard drive, you should be able to play it almost immediately after starting the installation, according to recent hands-on reports. The game will continue to install in the background.
  • Games on Sony’s platform will – much like their PS3 and PS Vita counterparts – have unlockable trophies. We learned earlier this week that each trophy will now be ranked in terms of rarity. How rare a particular trophy is will shift dynamically depending on how many people have unlocked it. Get the details here.
  • This is what the new PS4 trophy unlock animation looks like.
  • We’ve already posted PS4 trophy lists for Killzone: Shadow Fall and Need for Speed: Rivals, if you want to check them out ahead of getting your console.
  • Games will also come with capture capabilities thanks to the PS4′s DVR function, allowing you capture 15 minutes of gameplay at a time. You can then share this online with the world. However, if you prefer to use an existing capture card, our very own Sam Clay has produced this video showing you how to set it up for use with Sony’s new console.
  • Sony confirmed this week that it will continue to allow gamers to share and re-sell their games as they see fit, after changes to its software usage terms caused some concern.
  • To play games online you’ll need a paid PS Plus subscription, similar to Xbox Live, except you’ll get a wealth of free games each month. Sony confirmed this week that indie releases Don’t Starve and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth will be free on the service when they launch.
  • You will be able to play your PS4 titles on PS Vita using both console’s remote play feature. For example, Blizzard recently confirmed that Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition would come with the feature as standard. It’s helpful if you get booted off the telly.

PS4 specs and firmware

DualShock 4 and the PlayStation Camera

PS4 apps, multimedia and the cloud

PS4 trailers

In case you’re one of those folk who would rather watch the games rather than hear about them, I’ve chucked together a quick list of recent PS4 game trailers and commercials for you to enjoy. Careful not to let them get in the way of your work now.



  1. dkpunk

    Got mine tonight. Update was quick but psn is down. Grrr.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. bradk825

    @1 I hope that’s not a sign of things to come. If PSN isn’t improved over last gen but they are charging for multiplayer now, it’s going to be pretty upsetting. I automatically assumed that when they start making PS+ mandatory they would at least bring it up to the standard of XBL on 360 network-wise.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. ultragamer

    @2 PSN can only handle around 20 simultaneous users at one time and it seems this morning they finally hit the 20 mark.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. dtyk

    Even though I promised myself i’d never post in comments again, VG247 you guys need to post this.

    Remote play using LTE network on cellphone in the middle of Manhattan.

    People needs to get the facts straight. Kotaku was claiming remote play works no farther than 20 feet and gamespot saying 50 feet which is complete horse shit. YOU CAN USE REMOTE PLAY AS LONG AS THERE IS WIFI.

    It’s been available since ps3 I can’t believe “journalists” STILL get it wrong.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. KineticCalvaria

    Sigh… it’s a long wait until my ps4 comes :(.

    You picking a next-gen console up Dave?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. polygem

    ^same here kinetic…


    only 2 weeks but it’s killing me.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. KineticCalvaria

    @poly, yeah I’ll add you on the 29th. I don’t even know why I’m so excited, only got KZ:SF so far and I’m not all that bothered about it. I’ve had second thoughts on AC:BF though and may pick that up, looks more fun than AC3 for sure!

    Also considering BF4 although I’ve got it on PC already. :(

    #7 1 year ago
  8. polygem

    i hear you, not exactly superexcited about any of the games either but i really like the design of the system and can’t wait to get my filthy hands on it. i will put it vertically and i have a place already reserved for it :)

    the ps 4 will really match my headphones perfectly:

    also can’t wait to play games with a new controller, that’s the main selling point to me atm. bf4, killzone and nfs are my launch games and it’s exciting to check those out on a ds4. i have been playing on the 3ds and wiiu a lot recently and my body is ready for some mp shooter action. wish there would be something like infamous available at launch but maybe it’s indeed better to get these games a bit later. i’m definitely excited enough atm :)

    #8 1 year ago
  9. ultragamer

    @8 “i have a place already reserved for it”

    I’m assuming that will be your trash can.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. polygem


    i reserved your butthole for it actually.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. KineticCalvaria

    @10, I imagine he’s already got something in there.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. polygem


    #12 1 year ago
  13. ultragamer

    @10 Sony has other things reserved for your butthole. You will LEARN to embrace the Dualshock 4.

    @11 I imagine you already have “something” in your mouth. The fact you can post comments at the same time, shows you are quite the multi-tasker.

    By the way, with the PS Camera you will be able to see yourself enjoying the Dualshock 4 in 240p @ 15fps. LOL!

    Also, I’m watching 8bit’s PS4 Twitch stream and even the commentators are saying Knack looks like a PS3 game. What a horrible launch line-up.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. ultragamer

    Look at the amount of DOAs! You better hope you don’t get a $400 brick come Nov 29.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. ultragamer

    Poor fanboys…

    #15 1 year ago
  16. TrickyAudio

    Im quite confident when mine arrives in two weeks it’ll be fine. Plus im only paying £199 for the thing anyway, so in the unlikely event It does muck up, its not such a big blow!

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Joe Musashi

    Hmm, what’s this?

    The arrival of a reactionary, platform-centric new face with pre-established grudges?

    Must be the weekend again. Ho hum.


    #17 1 year ago
  18. TrickyAudio

    Back to school on monday I guess.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. lexph3re

    Set my ps4 up yesterday and it’s more then I expected. It’s so smooth and feels seamless. Downloaded 6 games within a few hours and uploading videos like crazy. I can’t wait to see how xbone performs this is exciting

    #19 1 year ago
  20. KineticCalvaria

    @17, pretty sure we’ve experienced the joys of ultragamer before under various other names… it never gets old.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. monkeygourmet


    Any ‘stand out’ stuff or features for you yet? How is the interface compared with PS3 for example?

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Djoenz

    Have you seen some twitch streams yet? I have to say I quite enjoyed watching this dude play on his ps4 lol.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. lexph3re

    Defo the share function. And yeah the interface is smooth and extremely responsive. I haven’t tried any voice commands yet but I’m pretty sure it’ll be meh. Overall though the device is leagues better then I anticipated and the boot up from standby is fantastic and takes right back to where you left off. Music unlimited is perfectly integrated for back ground music although swapping through a play list is kinda limited.

    But sharing? Soooo easy and solo smooth

    #23 1 year ago
  24. ultragamer

    Hmm, what’s this?

    The arrival of a non-contributing new face with pre-established grudges and a desire to initial his comments?

    Must be the weekend again. Ho hum.


    #24 1 year ago
  25. Djoenz

    Referring to yourself is a very odd thing to do. o__O

    #25 1 year ago
  26. ultragamer

    o__0 <— PS3.5 poster child

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Project Siren

    #27 1 year ago
  28. gomersoul

    @26 prick

    #28 1 year ago
  29. formula1matthew

    can we use our real name on ps3 as well? or just ps4? i cant get one until next year :(

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Ilovesony

    I just came…. again… anyone gotta towel?

    #30 1 year ago

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