What You Need to Know about the PlayStation 4

Most commonly known as the PS4, this gaming console was created by Sony Interactive Entertainment as a continuation of the PlayStation console series. This console was first launched in November of 2013; since then, it has become the fourth most sold console of all time. Its creation began in 2008, two years after the release of the PlayStation 3.

This console’s main competitors are Microsoft’s Xbox series and Nintendo’s Wii and Switch consoles.


The Playstation’s operating system is the Orbis OS. Although the console does have internet functionality, use of the internet is not required. The system offers a web browser driven by Web Kit.

Its home screen is customizable, allowing users to choose a color scheme, and has a display of the user’s profile, notifications, and recent activity.


The console, though predominantly used for gaming, is also equipped with a Blu-ray and DVD player that supports 3D video capability. The hardware of the PS4, on the whole, shares a number of similarities with today’s computers. This was purposely done to lower the cost of game development, as well as to increase the ease of game creation.

The PS4 has an APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), a CPU (Central Processing Unit) and a GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). It has one port for Ethernet and two USB 3.0 ports as well as an auxiliary port for a digital camera device called the PlayStation Camera which uses motion detection. In addition, it offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

There are three main versions of the PlayStation 4.

PlayStation 4

This is the major version of the console, which was released in November of 2013 and retails for approximately $399.99. It weighs 6.1 pounds.

PlayStation 4 Pro

This version was released in November of 2016 and retails for $399.99. It has more storage than the PS4, a one Terabyte hard drive as compared to the PS4’s 500 Gigabyte hard drive. It weighs 7.27 pounds.

PlayStation 4 Slim

The PlayStation 4 Slim was released in September 2016. Its price is $299.99. Unlike the PS4 and PS4 Pro, it does not have TOSLINK connectivity. It weighs 4.62 pounds.

Online Capabilities

The PlayStation Network is the consoles network service, which has an online store, a subscription service, a music service powered through Spotify, and a video rental and purchasing service.

Players can access community groups based on their interests, finding discussion forums, game clips, group chats, and multi-player games. The console’s controller has a share button that a player can use to capture a clip or screenshot and share through connected social network sites.

The PlayStation 4 also has live streaming, using its interface to share live gameplay publically.

As of 2019, there have been 108.9 million shipments of this console, 30 million in North America alone. There are 38.8 million PlayStation Plus subscribers. This globally popular console is appreciated for its sleek design, online offerings, and widespread features.