The PlayStation 3 occupies a fairly unique space in gaming history, with Sony offering full support and an extensive roster of titles for the console over a full year after the release of its successor, the PlayStation 4. In fact, the PS3 is still more than capable enough to serve as the main system for many gamers. However, the revolutionary new PS4 from Harvey Norman presents a much greater package of technical specs when compared to the PlayStation 3, making it the most powerful console on the market.
In comparison with the original PS3, which had a large oblong body weighing well over 12 pounds, the PS4 brings its enhanced processing power and graphic capabilities to a streamlined package weighing in at approximately 9 pounds. The PS4 also features improved internal components to run at a nearly silent noise level, addressing the common noise complaints that plagued some versions of the PS3.
The PS4 is outfitted with a desktop quality processor that replaces the proprietary architecture of the PS3, featuring an 8-core CPU and 8GB or RAM, compared with the single-core processor and 256MB of RAM claimed by the PS3. This bolstered engine yields a console that is up to 10 times as powerful as the PS3 for stable high-action gameplay with minimal loading times.
Another improvement to the PS3 comes in the form of the redesigned DualShock controller, which has been made larger and heavier to provide a more substantial feel in the hand, and the grips have been enlarged for greater comfort during long sessions. The DualShock 4 controller has a headphone jack at the base to accommodate earphones and also features an integrated touchscreen that enables control of the system’s user interface as well as in-game functionality.
Apps and Streaming Content
One of the most visible additions to the PS4 is its increased support for popular streaming media services. The PS4 has native support for Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, BBC iPlayer and other streaming utilities, and showcases an increasingly strong lineup of smartphone style entertainment and productivity apps as well.
The PS3 continues to enjoy strong sales and Sony’s technical support because of its long established hardcore fanbase, and its backward compatibility makes it an excellent choice for gamers with an extensive library of older titles. Nevertheless, for those looking for the ultimate in a pure gaming experience, the clear choice is the PlayStation 4.