PS4 is HDMI only

Sony has revealed that the PS4 won't play on anything that isn't an HDTV, requiring HDMI.

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Christopher1591d ago

I'm assuming same is true of Xbox One. It's the way of the future. Kind of like going Blu-ray or using the Cloud for online gaming purposes.

mrbojingles1591d ago

Yea Xbox One was confirmed last month as HDMI only too

douevenlift1591d ago

Really, every single tv made within the last few years has supported HDMI. Sorry luddites, time to upgrade that old piece of crap standard definition tv! You'll never regret it once you do!

TheBlackSmoke1591d ago

Why would you even buy a next gen console if you have an sd tv, whats the point?

darthv721591d ago

got all kinds of crap for being only hdmi and now that ps4 is hdmi only its okay....

Bottom line, you cant keep supporting the old connections forever. there has to be a point where you must let go of the past if you want to move forward.

BattleAxe1591d ago

Every single TV sold since around 2006 has supported HDMI, shouldn't be a problem.

Testfire1591d ago

"xbox one got all kinds of crap for being only hdmi and now that ps4 is hdmi only its okay.."

How many times do I have to read crap statements like this? Yes, we know some people are hypocrites, get over it. The world is round, we revolve around the sun and some people are hypocrites, welcome to Earth.

Dee_911591d ago

@ douevenlift
You can get full HD with component cables too..
I use component cables for my 360 because my tv only has 2 HDMI ports and those two are taken by my PS3 and cable box

Muerte24941591d ago

I have a SONY HX959 LED/LCD ready to plug it up to.

3-4-51591d ago

I've played this entire gen not using HD connections for xbox 360. Lost them early on/initially and never bothered to get new and games still look good.

I'm in for a nice upgrade this/next gen as I'll finally actually be gaming in HD.

Divine1591d ago

i think i see one more usb on the back.

SilentNegotiator1591d ago

What about people playing on monitors that don't have (or else they don't want to use) HDMI?

Wenis1591d ago

Im pretty sure there are cables you can by that are HDMI to VGA anyways



LOL you are absolutely right!

RiPPn1591d ago

PS4 has optical out while the Xbone doesn't, which is important if you don't pass hdmi through your receiver, or your Tv doesn't have an optical out.

DeadlyFire1590d ago

Don't need a TV if you have a computer monitor. Just one of those sound cables floating on the net.

SilentNegotiator1590d ago


Fair enough, but I've seen enough debates over what's the best cables/setup to know that a few people will still be disappointed and won't want to use a convertor.

gaffyh1590d ago

@darth - the only people I saw saying that we're people with older cable boxes complaining that the "live tv" features would be useless for them. And to be fair, that is a valid concern considering that is a major feature of the Xbone. Doesn't matter tome because I wouldn't use that feature even if I bought an Xbone.

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ShabbaRanks1591d ago

2 USB ports only sucks tho. Wish it had at lest 4 :(

Agent_00_Revan1591d ago

Honestly, did you ever really use all 4 on your phat PS3? I know I never did.

darthv721591d ago

it can support a usb hub for more ports.

FullmetalAlchemist1591d ago (Edited 1591d ago )

On the bright side at least they're usb 3.0

adorie1591d ago

I think PS4 has USB 3.0, so it should be able to charge my phone and be used as a USB hub. :D

jonboi241591d ago

@azshorty2003 i used all for ports but only for rock band and well that franchise is pretty much dead

ShabbaRanks1591d ago

@azshorty2003 Yes I did on my phat.

1-for my Wireless headset jack
2-for my PSeye
3-for my USB amp for when I play with no headset
4-for charging my controllers and transfering stuff from my PS3 to Vita :(

fadeawayjae1591d ago

Is there a USB located in the back? I want to hook up my external but do not want a wire in front of the console at all times

darthv721591d ago (Edited 1591d ago )

I believe in the other thread about the images of the system, there is a USB port on the back. It shows hdmi, lan, optical audio and usb

ShwankyShpanky1591d ago

At least if you want the camera there's a plug on the back.

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showtimefolks1591d ago

So buy a $400-500 system to play on SD TV maybe it's time to upgrade

ShwankyShpanky1591d ago

I've got an LCD in my van that doesn't have HDMI. My 720p HD projector doesn't have HDMI. Sometimes I use the SD cables just to hook up audio to an external sound system or headphones. I used composite cables to hook two PS3s up to one TV and play them both with split-screen PiP. Some people may not have a TV with HDMI if they're at a friend's/relatives, at a vacation spot, etc. I do actually get a fair amount of use out of the analog outputs, so I find their absence disappointing.

DeadlyFire1590d ago

Well a computer monitor is cheaper than some TVs and they make some cables that convert SD to HDMI and so on.

Although upgrades are required at some point.

zebramocha1591d ago

Can someone explain what this mean for the ps4 and does if effect me from playing ps4 games on a sd tv?

darthv721591d ago

you wont be aqble to unless you had a converter that took the hdmi and converted it down to component or even composite. I think they exist but usually you can find them the other way around.

There are more upconverters than there are downconverters.

KwietStorm1591d ago


Do you really think he just understood that? LOL

Parapraxis1591d ago (Edited 1591d ago )

Yup it does, looks like you better get out of the gaming hobby asap.

Parapraxis1591d ago

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and bet that people commenting on article on N4(fucking) don't have SDTV's

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vlonjati77vlonjati1591d ago (Edited 1591d ago )

I thought ps4 has analog out unless ive been mistaken reading the specifications.I have HD tv anyway,just to comment something :)
Sorry, when I read the specification I got confused with the optical out.

Doctor_Freeman1591d ago

I have two words for people without an HDTV, "Black Friday".

Y_51501591d ago

Also both using USB 3.0

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first1NFANTRY1591d ago

time to upgrade your 1995 tv's people.

Akuma2K1591d ago

Agreed......i think were gonna see alot of big screen HDTV's sell like crazy this X-mas season.

LackTrue4K1591d ago

hope for good prices too!!!
i play on an Alien-Ware 19" monitor, i love it and all....but its best for game playing only.
sucks on movies... -_-

Xof1591d ago

Or spend $5 on an HDMI-to-component adapter.

M-M1591d ago

You mean the cable? You can't convert digital to analog over a cable. The converters that actually work cost about $30+.

FlyingFoxy1591d ago

Big HDTV's are pretty cheap these days anyway.

Smashbro291590d ago

The reduced quality and input lag you'd get from doing this is horrendous.

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wenaldy1591d ago

I still have my Trinitron lol

T21591d ago

Lol nice ... Too heavy to throw out lol

T21591d ago

Ya just got a new yamaha amp.. Running 4- 8" subs, 2 -6" drivers, 6 tweeters and a 10" powered sub ... 5 hdmi in should cover it lol ... Battlefield 4 here I come my gf will probably move out im banned from using heavy artillery lol

ShwankyShpanky1591d ago (Edited 1591d ago )

Isn't this kind of the same elitism that says "who the hell doesn't have internet to authenticate games?"

My living room TV and bedroom TV both have HDMI, but I actually get a lot of use out of the analog outputs on my PS3s for a number of different applications. I use component cables with my HD projector, as just *one* example... guess I've gotta get an HDMI/VGA converter now.

Oh well. Day 1 anyway.

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friedricr1591d ago

Seriously.. if you can afford a HD gaming console .. you can afford an HDtv ...

a_bro1591d ago

Good. Makes developers focus on HD now.

The Great Melon1591d ago

True. Developers don't have to worry about the text being too small for certain players. I think Dead Rising was a game that had this issue when it was released.

Rainstorm811591d ago

Yeah Dead Risings text was unreadable in Standard Def

Parapraxis1591d ago

Good, fuck standard def.

ShwankyShpanky1591d ago

Analog outputs support HD via component, you know.

Gridloc1591d ago

That should be a given. Now will my Pulse headset work on ps4?

Brugal1591d ago

That's a great question which I'm also wondering about. Those headsets are great.

ShabbaRanks1591d ago

I hope so lol. If so I might give away mine to a friend and get the GTA5 ones :PPPP

Gridloc1591d ago

It looked like the 299 bundle with GTA V came with that headset. Lots of questions still need to answered, but they weren't shy on the big questions.

The_Devil_Hunter1591d ago

I just got one for Christmas I use it for everything, playing, listening to music, watching music, they're extremely incredible.