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Lots of PS4 hardware tidbits

Mark Cerny, the lead architect behind the PlayStation 4, chatted with Impress Watch and shared a whole bunch of hardware tidbits. A number of details have been translated by the good folks over at NeoGAF.

There are some technical tidbits here that the average Joe like myself doesn’t fully grasp, but there’s also interesting talk about resolution, 4k gaming, multitasking, and more. You can find a pretty comprehensive summary of the information from Impress Watch below.

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Godmars2901135d ago

So if the PS4's drive can read but not playback, will that mean tracks can be copied off a disc?

forcefullpower1134d ago

I wonder if they are talking about SACD for music and not general audio music CD's as they was removed a while ago as well from the PS3. Then again i haven't used a music CD in over 8 years at home. I do burn them off for the car.

rainslacker1134d ago (Edited 1134d ago )

Seems that they won't be directly playable. Pretty cut and dry. Whether they can be copied it's hard to imagine them doing that.

I did like the follow up later down where he hinted that PS1 discs may be playable on the system. This means that digital titles will also likely be playable, and if true could mean some BC is included. Good news for me since I have a lot of PS1 games.

kalkano1134d ago

I'd imagine this means we'll be able to rip them into mp3s, for use in specific games (sports game playlists/music cues, etc.).

_-EDMIX-_1134d ago

Misleading. PS4 drive can't play by MUSIC CD's! Reading and installing data from a disk are different things.

I mean, its a nice try to make it sound like its a big deal....its not. It really isn't. If thats the biggest gripe you have, I'm not sure you will own either of the 2 systems.

I never used the feature on PS3, despite buying The Mars Volta's last 2 albums on CD, Mastodon's The Hunter Album on CD and buying Smashing Pumpkin's Oceania on CD....I installed ALL OF THEM ON PS3, why on earth would I use playback from the CD? It waste of space in my tray to be honest with you.

wenaldy1134d ago

Oh man, i love Mastodon + Mars Volta.

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The_Infected1135d ago

"They don’t just use off-the-shelf HSA stuff; they are using OpenGL to the point of “full access to the hardware.”

And that's how you pull the absolute full potential from hardware. No wasted power hiding away in the corner.

GribbleGrunger1135d ago

What is BSD? Explain to me as you would a child ... I'm technically inept.

yewles11135d ago

BSD is a OS type capable of low memory footprint. This basically confirms earlier leaks of the OS taking up only 512MB of RAM.

forcefullpower1134d ago

BSD is a very robust Unix kernel much like Linux so we should have very small foot print for both memory and space. This is a good thing.

RandomDude6551134d ago

I like this quote:
BSD is what you get when a bunch of Unix hackers sit down to try to port a Unix system to the PC. Linux is what you get when a bunch of PC hackers sit down and try to write a Unix system for the PC.

http://www.over-yonder.net/...

T21133d ago

Lol " as you would a child " ... Great line I too am ignorant of tech specs

jay21135d ago

Sounds good and BSD is a Unix style operating system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

Here;s some BSD Operating systems for you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

BitbyDeath1135d ago

"He mentions using BD and Hard drive combo for game reads and how to cut down load times."

Interesting if this is going to become standard nextgen.

DigitalSmoke1134d ago

I remember some article on how the MS Durango would'nt load games directly from Bluray, but would offload them first to drive.

No double data pipe's if thats true.

_-EDMIX-_1134d ago

@DigitalSmoke0 Your right! MS is not planning to use the drive to play games, just to install them.

Its going to be to get rid of the used games market. I don't see how it can't at this point.

thereapersson1134d ago

But it seems that a PC-style method of background HDD caching and disc-streaming will be the norm, yes. At least, that's what I am assuming. The PS4 has a faster BD-ROM drive this time around, so it will be easier for the discs to keep up with the HDD (very difficult with the slow disc drive in the PS3 currently)

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