Credit to ps3trophies.org for the above information.
For real, this is what it looks like:
The official spec sheet and press release from Sony can be found here:
Sony PS4 Press Release
The Controller. It's a DualShock 4. Plenty of info here. Additional DS4 controllers will be available at launch for $59 / ¤59 / £54, and will also come in colors of Magna Red and Wave Blue.
The Package. There will be one DualShock 4 controller and one wired earbud headset (mono ) included. The new PS Eye will not be included and is not required to use the console.
Release Date. November 15th for NA, November 29th for EU. No specifics on release dates in other territories yet.
Price. 500GB Model: $399 / ¤399 / £349 / AU$549
Trophies. There Will Be Trophies. They will be part of your current PSN account that has PS3 and Vita trophies.
Trophy Auto-Sync. We don't know if the PS4 will auto-sync your trophies upon earning them.
User Interface. The XMB will be replaced with the PDM (PlayStation Dynamic Menu). This menu is customizable. There's not a whole lot of info on the specifics of this yet, so stay tuned.
System Specs. IGN has put together a nice comparison of the PS4, XBox One and Wii U specs and you can also find info on all 8th generation consoles on Wikipedia. For a quick comparison between the PS3 and PS4 specs, see AlphaCookie's post here. For an in-depth discussion on how the PS4 was created, check out this Gamasutra interview with the Lead Architect, Mark Cerny.
RAM. Based on reports, it seems that around 4.5GB - 5GB (of the full 8GB) are available to developers for game usage. Regardless of the specific number, this is a marked improvement over the 256MB RAM / 256MB VRAM that the PS3 makes available.
HDD. It's 500 GB. You can upgrade it just like you can for the PS3.
Peripheral Compatibility. You will be able to use PS3 Move controllers on the PS4. It will use the new PS Eye, which can be purchased separately for $59 / ¤49 / £44. The new PS Eye will connect to the console with a proprietary connector, not with USB. PS3 wireless headsets will work with the PS4.
Internet Connection. You do not need an "always on" persistent internet connection to use the console or play games. You do not need to "check in" every 24 hours. You can play games offline whenever you like.
Online Play. Here's the lowdown:
Used Games. The PS4 will play used games. There will be no used game fee or registration involved, you don't need to be friends with someone for 30 days to loan them the game, you can sell/trade it in if you like. Here's a handy instructional video:
- You will need PS+ to play online with PS4.
- One account on each console can activate online play for all sub-accounts on that same console.
- F2P games will not require PS+ to play online.
DRM. Sony first-party games will not implement any type of DRM. There will no Online Pass Program for PS4. However, third-party publishers can still choose to implement DRM in some way. What form this might take, we are not sure.
Backwards Compatibility. The PS4 will not be backwards compatible with games made for previous consoles at launch. This includes both retail and digital copies of games you have purchased on PSN. There are plans for streaming of PS3 titles in 2014, using Gaikai technology. This will most likely be expanded to titles from previous systems in the future. It has also been announced that if you buy a copy of a game on PS3, you will be able to get the digital PS4 version of the same game at a "significant" discount. How this works or what amount of discount you get, we don't know, but this will only be available for specific games.
Games. There will be a digital version for every game on PS4. You will also be able to play any game from your digital library by logging into your account on any PS4 system. For info on confirmed PS4 titles in development, see this thread.
Region Locking. There will be no region locking. Whether or not this extends to DLC, we don't know.
Game Pricing. They will be the same as they are now. $0.99 - $60 (USD)
Downloading. You will be able to start playing a game soon after initiating the download. No more waiting for the entire game to download and install first. This is called "Remote Pre-Loading" and is analogous to streaming a movie from Netflix... you don't have to download the entire movie to start watching it.
Smartphone Integration - When a user purchases a PlayStation 4 game on his or her smartphone from anywhere in the world, the PS4 console at home will automatically wake, download the game, and then go back to sleep