Submitted by mrbojingles 897d ago | news

PS4 is HDMI only

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

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Christopher  +   897d 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.
mrbojingles  +   897d ago
Yea Xbox One was confirmed last month as HDMI only too
douevenlift  +   897d 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!
TheBlackSmoke  +   897d ago
Why would you even buy a next gen console if you have an sd tv, whats the point?
darthv72  +   897d ago
xbox one
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.
BattleAxe  +   897d ago
Every single TV sold since around 2006 has supported HDMI, shouldn't be a problem.
Testfire  +   897d 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_91  +   897d 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
Muerte2494  +   897d ago
I don't mind...
I have a SONY HX959 LED/LCD ready to plug it up to.
3-4-5  +   897d 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.
Divine  +   897d ago
i think i see one more usb on the back.
SilentNegotiator  +   897d ago
What about people playing on monitors that don't have (or else they don't want to use) HDMI?
Wenis  +   897d ago
Im pretty sure there are cables you can by that are HDMI to VGA anyways
THE-COMMANDER  +   897d ago

LOL you are absolutely right!
RiPPn  +   897d 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.
DeadlyFire  +   897d ago
Don't need a TV if you have a computer monitor. Just one of those sound cables floating on the net.
SilentNegotiator  +   897d 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.
gaffyh  +   897d 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.
ShabbaRanks  +   897d ago
2 USB ports only sucks tho. Wish it had at lest 4 :(
azshorty2003  +   897d ago
Honestly, did you ever really use all 4 on your phat PS3? I know I never did.
darthv72  +   897d ago
im sure
it can support a usb hub for more ports.
FullmetalAlchemist  +   897d ago
On the bright side at least they're usb 3.0
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adorie  +   897d 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
jonboi24  +   897d ago
@azshorty2003 i used all for ports but only for rock band and well that franchise is pretty much dead
ShabbaRanks  +   897d 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 :(
fadeawayjae  +   897d 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
darthv72  +   897d 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

Related image(s)
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ShwankyShpanky  +   897d ago
At least if you want the camera there's a plug on the back.
showtimefolks  +   897d ago
So buy a $400-500 system to play on SD TV maybe it's time to upgrade
ShwankyShpanky  +   897d 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.
DeadlyFire  +   897d 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.
zebramocha  +   897d ago
Can someone explain what this mean for the ps4 and does if effect me from playing ps4 games on a sd tv?
darthv72  +   897d 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.
KwietStorm  +   897d ago

Do you really think he just understood that? LOL
Parapraxis  +   897d ago
Yup it does, looks like you better get out of the gaming hobby asap.
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Parapraxis  +   897d ago
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and bet that people commenting on article on N4(fucking)G.com don't have SDTV's
vlonjati77vlonjati  +   897d 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.
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Doctor_Freeman  +   897d ago
I have two words for people without an HDTV, "Black Friday".
Y_5150  +   897d ago
Also both using USB 3.0
first1NFANTRY  +   897d ago
time to upgrade your 1995 tv's people.
Akuma2K  +   897d ago
Agreed......i think were gonna see alot of big screen HDTV's sell like crazy this X-mas season.
onyoursistersback  +   897d 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... -_-
Xof  +   897d ago
Or spend $5 on an HDMI-to-component adapter.
MAJ0R  +   897d ago
M-M  +   897d ago
You mean the cable? You can't convert digital to analog over a cable. The converters that actually work cost about $30+.
FlyingFoxy  +   897d ago
Big HDTV's are pretty cheap these days anyway.
Smashbro29  +   897d ago
The reduced quality and input lag you'd get from doing this is horrendous.
wenaldy  +   897d ago
I still have my Trinitron lol
T2  +   897d ago
Lol nice ... Too heavy to throw out lol
T2  +   897d 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
ShwankyShpanky  +   897d 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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friedricr  +   897d ago
Seriously.. if you can afford a HD gaming console .. you can afford an HDtv ...
a_bro  +   897d ago
Good. Makes developers focus on HD now.
The Great Melon  +   897d 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.
Rainstorm81  +   897d ago
Yeah Dead Risings text was unreadable in Standard Def
Parapraxis  +   897d ago
Good, fuck standard def.
ShwankyShpanky  +   897d ago
Analog outputs support HD via component, you know.
Gridloc  +   897d ago
That should be a given. Now will my Pulse headset work on ps4?
Brugal  +   897d ago
That's a great question which I'm also wondering about. Those headsets are great.
ShabbaRanks  +   897d ago
I hope so lol. If so I might give away mine to a friend and get the GTA5 ones :PPPP
Gridloc  +   897d 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_Hunter  +   897d ago
I just got one for Christmas I use it for everything, playing, listening to music, watching music, they're extremely incredible.
nigelp520  +   897d ago
Third Party companies might make adapters
aquamala  +   897d ago
Optical audio port please ?

(Edit) whew thanks guys
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azshorty2003  +   897d ago
pictures show one there.

Jeff257  +   897d ago
they already confirmed that it will have an optical audio port. It is also in the press release specs.
WooHooAlex  +   897d ago
Optical port confirmed in the pics of the system they released.
TheGrimReaper  +   897d ago
Just check the specs ;)

onyoursistersback  +   897d ago
can any one conform how many usb's?? i know i see to upfront...but there looks to be a 3rd one on the back??
or could it be for the camera???

EDIT: i love the looks of the ps4, i like how the bring back the blue theme that was on the ps2! :D

@ TheGrimReaper...thanks for the link, it dose only have 2 usb ports -_- hope my Bluetooth mouse connects properly.
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Parapraxis  +   897d ago
Optical audio is the higher output standard, removing it would be a step backwards lol.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   897d ago
HD is the modern age!
Rezka  +   897d ago
You can get a cheap hd tv at target
Parapraxis  +   897d ago
You can get a cheap HDTV out of a goddamn dumpster.
Rogerandtherabbits  +   897d ago
Who still has a sd tv, hd ones now are so dam cheap
vishmarx  +   897d ago
10 buck for finding a new tv that doesnt have hdmi in 2013
azshorty2003  +   897d ago
This isn't a surprise. This is standard these days. Microsoft did the same.
WooHooAlex  +   897d ago
In an unrelated note, I think Sony broke NeoGAF... Haven't been able to get on since their press conference.
strigoi814  +   897d ago
There are still HDMI in and component out people if you still need those..

I want to know if my elite headset will work fine??
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lociefer  +   897d ago
Uh oh, this is bad news to cod
Veneno  +   897d ago
Not really. COD will still be around on the last gen consoles for quite some time. At least 2 more years.
chrispseuphoria  +   897d ago
Hope the system can record with my Roxio Game Capture HD Pro if this is the case...
Smashbro29  +   897d ago
It will almost definitely be HDCP protected. Look into HDCP stripping. You can still retain HDMI throughout by buying certain boxes.
DigitalRaptor  +   897d ago
'Tis a bit sh*t, but let's be honest. If you're putting down $399 and at least one game, you should be able to afford even the cheapest HDTV. You can find them incredibly cheap now.
SonyPS4  +   897d ago
Makes perfect sense, I actually expected the 8th gen consoles would be HDMI only long before the XOne/PS4 were announced.
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friedricr  +   897d ago
i like your avatar :).
Commodore_  +   897d ago
I like yours to :)
DivineAssault  +   897d ago
ahhh well.. I thought i read it was going to have AV connection.. Guess it wasnt official.. Some ppl dont have TVs with HDMI that will prolly want one or get one as a gift... They better ask for a TV instead.. Im sure theyll have an easier time saving $400 than half a grand
r21  +   897d ago
Im ok with. Playing HD games on an SD screen sucks anyways. Its also even worse seeing as the text is too freaking hard to read on the SD screen.
SpideySpeakz  +   897d ago
Xbone doing the same thing, so why not.
NatureOfLogic  +   897d ago
They need to update amazon then. It says they support av out.
thesavagelife7  +   897d ago
I only have one SD TV and it's in my basement so I am good.
goldwyncq  +   897d ago
It's 2013. Time to move on.
kalkano  +   897d ago
The only reason I care, is that I can't use my PVR with it. I would assume it'll be a short-term problem. Someone will release a PVR that has HDMI in, at some point. Or maybe they already have, and I just don't know about it. I just didn't want to have to buy another one.

And, I know PS4 has the whole "Share" function. But, it seems like it's more for short clips, than recording entire games (like I do).
pop-voxuli  +   897d ago
Then whats the port on the left side above the power port?
frjoethesecond  +   897d ago
That's a sticker.
NarooN  +   897d ago
No one has any excuses. HDTV's are dirt cheap now. I bought a 32" Vizio for $208 a couple months ago, if you're gonna buy a $399 PS4, you should be able to get an HDTV as well.
PurpHerbison  +   897d ago
I am sure there are people of poverty out there struggling with many valid excuses.
NarooN  +   897d ago
I meant people who are in the market for a PS4. If anyone is struggling with their finances, they should be focused on other things besides the latest gaming systems.
duff916  +   897d ago
What about HDMI to DVI?
plmkoh  +   897d ago
Same thing, just buy a $2 adapter, you just won`t get sound. So you will need to use the optical port.
piperz  +   897d ago
people can afford ps4 but not a cheap hdtv
somethings wrong with the economy
SonyNGP  +   897d ago
As long as I can use my Eglato Game Capture HD with it via HDMI, I have no complaints about this.
mixelon  +   897d ago
I thought you had to plug the ps3 into the other port on the elgato. I doubt they've disabled HDCP on the PS4. May be cause for concern. :(
SonyNGP  +   897d ago
There are ways to bypass HDCP using a DVI converter of some sort. Plenty of tutorials on YouTube :)
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