The Playstation 4 was announced at a press conference on February 20, 2013. The run up to the official release was a flurry of activity, with the console finally being made public (in North America) on November 15, 2013, just in time for the holiday shopping season. In Europe and Australia the console was released on November 29, 2013. The direct competition for the Playstation 4 include the Xbox one and Wii U.
Part of the ‘eighth generation’ of video gaming consoles, the Playstation 4 features an AMD x86-64 accelerated processing unit. The move to this type of architecture was done in hopes of attracting a larger developer base. The GPU built-in can perform 1.843 teraflops. At that speed, the Playstation 4 is the world’s most powerful gaming console.
The console packs a lot of extra features compared to its predecessor. Sony built the Playstation Now gaming service, a cloud-based service that offers streaming game content. There’s an app that ties directly into your smartphone of choice, allowing you to use them as a second screen during gameplay. Additionally, if you own a Playstation Vita, PS4 games can be played on the device via remote play.