These are the current specs for a PlayStation 4 development kit—specifically model # DVKT-KSoooK—as of January 2013, and not those of the final retail console itself.
• System Memory (RAM): 8 GB
• Video Memory: 2.2 GB
• CPU: 4x Dual-Core AMD64 “Bulldozer” (so, 8x cores)
• GPU: AMD R10xx
• Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 2x Ethernet (note: this is a development kit, the two ethernet ports are there for local sharing and testing purposes)
• Drive: Blu-Ray
• HDD: 160GB (note: this is a development kit, not the console you will own and store media on)
• Audio Output: HDMI & Optical, 2.0, 5.1 & 7.1 channels
Well, keeping in mind this is dev kit info and not the final specs from the console (ie. dev kits usually include more RAM than the console itself), this actually matches with all the recent rumors floating on the net.
But, there's more...
Developers are using DualShock 3 and Sixaxis controllers with their PlayStation 4 development kits, suggesting the design and capabilities of the new controller will be largely similar to that of the current design. A PlayStation Move controller is also shown in the documentation, hinting that Sony’s motion controller will also work with the new console.
Last week, a CVG report claimed Sony was throwing away the current DualShock 3 design for a new controller that would try “to emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita.” Many assumed this meant Sony would create a controller with a touch screen similar to the Wii U GamePad. That would be false, according to these documents. There is a new controller in the works, but it will instead feature a touch pad that can recognize two-point multi-touch. It can also be clicked. It’s listed in the documentation as the Orbis Development Tool.
Like its PlayStation 3 predecessors, the PlayStation 4 controller will also be capable of vibration and motion-sensing, but this time with improved technology like tilt correction. It also has a new button, “Share,” but details on what it does aren’t listed.
Sony is pioneering “multi-user simultaneous logins” with PlayStation 4, meaning that more than one person can be logged into the system at the same time. To do this, it links controllers to user accounts—when you turn on your controller, you’ll be prompted to sign in. It is unclear whether this only works with accounts on the system, or also with PlayStation Network accounts if you were playing online.
This feature could be put to use in multiplayer boss battles, for instance, where every place would receive Trophies for defeating the enemy.
Now, as there's nothing confirmed yet, consider this as a rumor. And, stay tuned, as an official console reveal could be close...
Right, the touchscreen controller is DEFINITELY based on the vita and most probably not an attempt to copy the wii. Sony needs to cut the crap, even if it is based on the "vita philosophy", the "vita philosophy" was already a cash grab attempt to copy the wii u anyways. Seriously, it's things like the console wars that make it unlikely that I'll buy a next gen console, at least not for a very long while. I was thinking for a while to get a wii u, but with all of the bad news lately, I doubt it. And I have a feeling next gen will just be shovelware and more fps crap anyway.