Talks About Tech Weekly 082: Playstation 4

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On this episode we talk about the Playstation 4, Google Play Music and much more.

Playstation 4
This week the highly anticipated Playstation 4 came out with huge success. Sony sold over 1 million units in just 24 hours in the US and Canada alone which is amazing!

The design of the console is very simple and it is much lighter than the Playstation 3. In the front there are just two USB 3 ports and in the back there is an ethernet port, HDMI, optical audio out and a propitiatory camera port for the optional Playstation camera. The hardware is a vast improvement from its predecessor.

It boasts an AMD Jaguar 8 Core CPU, AMD Radeon GPU, 500GB Hard Drive, 6x Blu-Ray drive and 8GB RAM. The new X86 chip architecture makes it much easier for game developers to port games and to generally provide a better gaming experience. The Playstation 4 will play any release game at 1080p 60fps. It is strange however that they did not include 802.11ac wifi and 5GHz wifi support.

There are some nice enhancements on the dualshock 4 controller too. The grips are much more comfortable, there is a light bar on the back for the playstation camera to identify, there is a clickable trackpad in the center, a built-in speaker, a 3.5mm headphone jack and rechargeable batteries that charge through MicroUSB.

Unfortunately on day 1 you have to perform a 300MB update to the consoles software and Sony have been experiencing severe server problems as a result. The playstation network has also been experiencing problems but that is to be expected with such a demand and I’m sure the issues will be resolved soon.

One really cool feature is that you can now stream to twitch.tv from the console directly and not only that but there is a dedicated share button on the controller just for that. I think that is an awesome feature!

Overall I think that the response to the Playstation 4 has been good although there have been a few problems with the playstation network and the HDMI port on some units. I won’t be getting either of the next generation consoles as I am a PC gamer but I definitely welcome them as it will affect the quality of PC games dramatically too. The Playstation 4 is coming out on November 29th in Europe and the Xbox One is coming out very soon so it will be interesting to see if the feedback will be as positive.

Snapchat Offered $3 Billion by Facebook
Snapchat is a simple instant messaging app with one unique feature, you can decide how long a person can see a message that you send them. Snapchat is a completely free app with no revenue model currently and Facebook offered them $3 Billion this week. Facebook recently acquired Instagram for $1 Billion. Snapchat declined the offer. The reason why is unknown but that is a lot of money.

Google Play Music
This week Google Play Music got released on iOS so I decided to check it out. The way it works is you attach your gmail account to Play Music and then you can download the music manager app which will automatically upload your entire iTunes library to the cloud. There are two plans, a free plan which allows you to upload up to 20,000 songs and a premium €9,99 plan that allows you to access unlimited songs. You can then access your entire music library from any device. I’m really liking the service so far. You can check it out at play.google.com/music.

Moto G
This week Motorola released a very interesting new, cheap phone. The phone has a 720p 4.5inch screen, Snapdragon 400 processor and 5 megapixel camera and it costs only $180. This is a great phone for the price and unlike many of its competitors it is a very high quality phone with a really nice design. I hope it comes to Ireland soon.

Kevin’s Tech He’s Been Using This Week
Kevin is currently looking at starting a new blog and he found a really cool way to optimise your blog to get up to 150% more visits from Google. If you sync your Google plus account with your blog every post that you put out on your blog will also have your Google plus profile picture. Google will rank your site higher on SEO if you have this and it also makes your links more unique. If you have a blog you should do this!

Michael’s Tech He’s Been Using This Week
This week I’ve been messing around with the Arduino Uno. The Uno is a really reasonably price micro controller. There are 6 analog inputs and 14 digital inputs so you can plug in sensors, motors and other accessories and control them. I’m using it for the CanSat competition this year where we have to send a satellite into the sky to gather information. If your interested you can check it out here.

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