Massive PlayStation 4 FAQ Addresses Region Locking, Online IDs And More

By Ishaan . October 30, 2013 . 11:59am

Sony have released a lengthy FAQ (European version here) that answers a number of questions regarding the upcoming PlayStation 4 console, addressing everything from used games to online IDs, to region locking (no, the system isn’t region-locked) to the Dualshock 4 controller. Here are a few tidbits:


Is there a way to rename my Online ID on PS4?

No. But PS4 does give you the option of allowing your friends to see your real name in addition to your Online ID. You can also choose to import your Facebook photo to be used as your PSN profile picture if you wish.


Do PS4 games have regional locks?

In general, neither digital nor disc-based games will be region locked, but PlayStation recommends that all users purchase games at the region of their residence to guarantee the best overall experience and customer service. In certain instances, a software publisher may choose to region lock a game title for specific reasons, but Sony Computer Entertainment expects these instances to be uncommon.


Can the DUALSHOCK 4 controller connect to a PC?

Yes, you can connect a DUALSHOCK 4 controller to your PC using USB, and it will support basic functions. In regards to DUALSHOCK 4 supporting full compatibility for playing PC games, there are no details to share at this time.


What network services will be free on PS4, without a PlayStation Plus membership?

Some of the features users can enjoy for free include:

  • Accessing entertainment, film, and TV services (Users must subscribe separately to individual services)
  • Share options, including sending gameplay video and screenshots to Facebook, screenshots to Twitter, or livestreaming gameplay via Ustream or Twitch
  • Sharing video to Facebook,
  • Playing PS4 games remotely using the PS Vita system (Remote Play)
  • Comparing Trophy data with other users
  • Sending and receiving text messages from other users
  • PlayStation Store access (users must pay to purchase premium content)
  • Live item, activity feeds on Dynamic Menu
  • Party (cross game voice chat)
  • Web browser
  • PlayStation App services (on iOS/Android devices)


You can read the FAQ in its entirety over at the PlayStation Blog.

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  • doubleO7

    Well, everything sounds good. Though I’m still disappointed they still won’t let us change our Online ID’s. I don’t like mine and I would PAY THEM MONEY to change it. Why won’t they let me give them money?

    • Fox

      Wow. I read that and thought everything sounded terrible. They’re stripping away virtually all of the basic features and functionality that made the PS3 such a fantastic console, and replacing it with already-obsolete tech and social media integration.

      I was thinking I would maybe buy a PS4, eventually; and then I read the full FAQ. Now I’m thinking, probably not.

      • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly


        • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

          Hmm, downvoted for pointing out the obvious troll, must be the trolls. :/

      • Cazar

        Care to elaborate? Because I just read the full FAQ and failed to come to the same conclusion.

        • Lucky Dan

          They said the PS4 is a super computer cause it can do 1.5 Teraflops the only problem now everything can do that if you purchased a video card post mid 2009 and some can even do that futhur back.

          What’s Sony claiming that the PS4 is an all powerful machine is not actually true.

          Most computers have an i5 which out do their dual tablet 8 cores which is more suited to Tablet duty than to games.

          The intergrated graphics card is comparable to the Xbox one and even then both systems have video cards which aren’t as powerful as the GTX 650 Ti they are lower than mid range and even the 7850 outdo them since they are at a faster clock speed.

          The Ram 8GB minimum is completely meh, DDR5 has a better bandwidth but DDR3 is faster you can argue which is better but their is a reason you don’t put DDR5 in a computer and why it isn’t widely spread at the moment. Most computers have around 13-14 GBs minimum (12 GB on board + 1 – 2 GB on card of DDR5). I don’t know why they both don’t use a combination of both but I think Sony thinks the crowd is stupid higher numbers = better when its not always the case.

          ESPECIALLY with this generation.

          Overall this generation is completely weak and overpriced do not get the launch consoles since your BETA testing the consoles (remember the early PS3s and Xbox 360s fucked up cause they didn’t put in enough thermal paste) wait till the second generation and wait till they are more appropriately priced like around half and until games are actually released.

          Well its up to you guys but I would wait till the second generation comes along and when games are avaliable on both systems you would be waiting a minimum of at least a year or two before they come about but in the meantime stick with the PC.

          It can do everything the PS4 can do but better.

          • Syn

            Oh how this argument is so mundane at this point…yes you can have a pc with 32gb ram, and 4gb graphic cards, but in the end those resources are shared across the board and gaming only gets about 20% of the resources, so no, ps4 and the xbone games will still look far much better than a 1000 dollar pc build……So 50>1000+ in my world

          • equalequation

            Not really.

            The only reason why XB1 and PS4 games would look better than a properly specced PC gaming machine is because they’re optimised for the consoles, with resources designed to look best on them, not because of computing power. And they will probably be optimised that way, because that’s where the majority of the consumers are. We haven’t seen a big-budget avant garde release that takes full advantage of a PC’s capabilities in a while.

            OS are pretty dynamic these days, they free up far, far more than 20% for gaming when you get a game started.

            That said, I’m excited about the PS4 and plan to buy one, it’s just that as someone who also owns a gaming PC and stay pretty on top of the things, I see this argument fairly often and it’s just not true. And I honestly think aesthetics contribute more to beauty in a game’s environments than how many pixels it can push, honestly.

          • Lucky Dan

            Be careful with throwing out numbers brother… The games if put through a Monitor would both look the same. The Argument is not mundane as you once said I believe that everything is costing a bit too much your receiving supposely more but in the end your just receiving what you already got on the computer which is avaliable.

            Also throwing these numbers out there is just pointless now. A console should cost as much as a console price playing games like around 250-300 AUS not more than anything else than your argument is sound.

            I go with Australian Prices cause I live in Australia the Xbox one and Ps4 cost 599 and 549 respectively in my eyes that’s way more than it should even I regret buying the PS Vita but only because that’s Limited Edition version which is different cause.

            Now that’s the base cost of the consoles add in the factor you want a joypad 60 bucks and games which cost anywhere from 60 -100 for the asking launch price and at least 2 of them and your getting a low end gaming console for 800 bucks + and your comparing that to a 1000 dollar machine which your using to posting that comment and not only that, 9.5/10 games are multiplat coming out on the xbox 360 and ps3 the only difference is the graphics which is easily achievable by the computer.

            Your argument would hold some value if these consoles were more appropriately price somewhere in 200-300 range in australia cause they make alot of money from licensing fees and so forth so why are they stripping our pockets and promising a gaming machine which in the end costs almost as much in total as a computer which far outweighs in both console in specs today?

            You guys can’t say in One argument specs matter than in the other argument if it compares to a PC which the Console Architecure match piece by piece and use the same hardware and then says the argument doesn’t matter when compared to a PC when they all use the same components from the same companies FOR EXAMPLE the PC, XBOX ONE AND PS4 can all built be built by AMD parts which is predominately a PC component builder.

      • Ferrick

        i don’t think i need to be a psychic to know that you’re just QQing

        • ShadowDivz


          • Ferrick

            from urban dictionary: Whining/crying about something.

    • ShadowDivz

      Why what’s your Online ID?

      “Penislover68”? Seemed like a great name at the time, when you were drunk laughing with your buddies, but now not so much? xD

      Seriously, though im curious.

      • doubleO7


        I do not fly helicopters, nor am I a mother (or even female for that matter lol). But my dad fly’s them, so can you guess who came up with that name? My mom. And I actually used it, thinking “I’ll just come up with a better one later” Yeah… later :P

        Of course, mines not as… unfortunate as yours, but I actually avoided playing any PS games online for years because I didn’t want people to see it. I only sucked it up and said “What the heck! I wanna play online!” very recently in fact.

        And so ends the tragic tale of my Online ID. If anyone else has an embarrassing ID with a story behind it, feel free to share. Storytime! :D

        • ShadowDivz

          lol that does sound like a mom who just recently figured out how to make a PSN. xD

          I would pay to change that too.

        • Seasqwaa

          My old old old (original) Xbox Live username was “ImmortalFart[randomnumbers]” Why… I honestly I have no idea, and am very ashamed of it. Every single time I entered a room in Halo 2, the entire chat filled with people making fart noises. For the whole game. I SWEAR to you, this happened nearly every time. Bad name, bad experience. Even now I just go by a bunch of random letters strung together. Because words now don’t treat me well. I can see helimommy having worse talks though, depending on what game ya’ play.

          • ShadowDivz

            I can imagine that…. and laughing.

            Lesson: Choose your names wisely.

      • AkiraScare

        Thats why kids should not choose there names XD

  • eilegz

    the only thing bad its that the ps4 as a media player, it seems like a downgrade compared to ps3, no DLNA, no mp3, no audio cd, no mention on divx, mp4, h.264 among other things hell i was expecting mkv support.

    • Odin

      Given that these are all features that made the PS3 an all in one box, these are big deals, I’d say. Lack of UI customization is a huge point as well.

      I’m not going to keep ranting on about these missing features (which could span paragraphs, ha), but I think by now they would have gotten things right. The PS4 should have been the device to END all these issues, but it seems like if they can’t get it all together, they probably NEVER will. And let me tell you, Sony’s not one to add features, only take away.

      And not everything can be patched, I guarantee you that.

      I’m not a fan of the direction they’ve taken with these new consoles. That goes for the Vita as well (for different reasons).

      Big fan of the PSP and PS3, so it’s sad to hear.

      • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

        I think you’re confusing PS4 with the X1, Sony isn’t trying to be an all in one like X1. They’re smart and realize so many people use other forms of media over their consoles. It’s a nifty bonus, but its a Gaming Console, and marketed as such.

  • Minos

    Oh well, I was planing to build a PC next year anyways.

  • Freud_Hater

    …So is the PS Store free? Like, say there’s some Tales game that comes out in a few years and there’s some add-on that i want, I can purchase it without having to buy the premium crap, right? I mean, I’m not playing online, I’m just buying extra stuff, so it’s cool, right? ôo

    • IS | 桂木

      You won’t need Plus for any PS Store content unless it’s strictly for an online game

    • ZEROthefirst

      You will only need PS+ for playing games online only, and even then you won’t need it for every game such as F2P games (unless the developers state otherwise).

    • ShadowDivz

      Even so, with PS+ you get a bunch of free shit, so you get more than you pay.

  • Sakurazaki

    So in order to play games online (like SFIV or something) PS+ is still a-go-go, right?

    • Jake Joe

      SFIV is only on the PS3. Games that are on the Ps3 or Vita will still be free Online Play. Now if you are wondering if you will get free stuff for all platform with Playstation + if you choose to sign up then the answer is yes

      • Sakurazaki

        Sorry, I should’ve clarified. I know SFIV is only PS3/360. I didn’t mean SFIV specifically; just online games in general, being (PS3/PS4). I had originally heard that in order to play online games (like multiplayer) you would need to have PS+ in contrast to now with it being free.

        So to clarify, is online multiplayer free like the PS3? Or did I hear right?

        • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

          It was very clear:
          “As with PS3, supported titles will allow PS4 and PS Vita users to play together in the same game via online multiplayer (PlayStation Plus required for online multiplayer on PS4).”

          • Sakurazaki

            In the FAQ that I didn’t read, yes. Thanks for replying.

  • Someone might want to add that external drives, MP3 playback and DLNA is NOT SUPPORTED on the PS4.

    Addendum: It seems that AT LEAST external drives are available for use as backup only, which is definitely good. Games cannot be installed directly to them as you can on a Wii U though, for instance.

    • BizarreJelly

      The Next Generation! Removing simple features from the last!

    • neo_firenze

      If you click on the FAQ, they DO clearly state those things. They’re going out of their way to explain a ton of details, whether good or bad, without unnecessary marketing “spin”:

      Direct copy-paste from the FAQ:

      Will users be able to connect an external hard drive to expand storage on PS4?
      No, this feature is not supported on PS4.

      Will I be able to play MP3s on PS4?

      Will PS4 support media servers or DLNA support in order to stream videos or movies from a home PC?
      The PS4 system does not support client functionality for media servers.

    • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

      You can also upgrade the Internal HDD up to a 1.5TB based on the specs mentioned for size. If you need more than 1.5TB for games, you have some issues with hoarding.
      And everything you said was mentioned in the FAQ, you apparently cannot read English as your first language.

      • I meant in the article.

        And lay off the coke, it’s making you antsy.

        Also, we’re in an age where 50GB games are becoming commonplace. In fact, before optimization there was talk this week of one hitting 200GB. Doing your math, that would be 7 or 8 games. Doing your math at 50 at it’d be 30-35.

        That’s not hoarding, that’s a sign of the times.

        But I digress, your point was idiotic to begin with.

        • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

          You’re clearly unintelligent, 200GB games being commonplace anytime soon will be the exception, not the rule. 30-35 NON-indie games is a lot of games, you cannot play that many games at once. Your argument is that you play 30-35 games at once. All of which that were mentioned in or around 50GB are AAA titles, that obviously require lots of space. But they’re still the exception. But arguing with an ignoramus is pointless.
          Sad that you have such great taste in women but are such an impressionable child.
          There is also no mention of the total install data being that much for every game. You just need to think…

        • Lucky Dan

          Games do not take up 50GBs are you even on drugs?

          Seriously do you know how many years they must take before they do a 50GB game? Quite a lot before you even make a stupid statement like that you should take an actual look how much the game takes on a blu-ray disc before you make an idoitic moronic statement like that.

          Tales of Xillia didn’t even take up 10GBs on a 50GB blu-ray disc but according to you sunshine 50GB = 10GB I think you should go back and get a good reeducation on your maths skill cause they are clearly lacking.

          • Elegance

            Uncharted 3 GOTY is 43GB. I think it’s not unreasonable to expect next generation games to make 50GB the norm in a couple of years.

            Also, most people already have external drives to use; it would be very convenient to swap them in and out, unlike the way the PS3 currently works. Basically not providing external HDD support just makes it an unnecessary hassle for most people.


            [smokes cigarette]

            I mean you aren’t even a challenge when I can simply Google ’50gb game’.

          • Lucky Dan

            Game isn’t out yet, you shouldn’t be smoking that cigarette yet.

            It says it requires 50gb of space it doesn’t say it uses all of it…. nice try though, but I think the 50 GB means you need at least 50GB of virtual memory to play the game come on man even a silly person knows this.

            AT least have a bit of computer knowledge instead of relying on Gamespot and not reading the article shame on you.

          • Kid, not only do I have computer knowledge, as checking my profile would have you know, I also read that unoptimized Killzone would have been in excess of 290GB. It was instead 40GB, close to that 50GB. So it’s not the only one approaching that barrier.


            Hey it’s Dtoid this time. You’ll notice I read a lot of varying sites in my free time. It gives me a lot of information than putting all my ducks in one basket. In fact I keep RSS feeds for about three dozen sites in my Android 5″ tablet with a modded kernel. But I digress, I know little about computers so let’s get to the better point.

            Now why would that be, you may ask (or not)? 4K textures. 4K will be well in excess for texture size than 1080p will be. Consider that to be your next step in the evolution of gaming once that is considered to be viable. They’ve been working to bring Ultra HD to the homestead for quite a few years now and if you watch CES you can see they’re bringing the price of those 4K sets lower and lower as well to the point of affordability. Once that becomes commonplace, expect those 50GB+ games to roam more freely.

            So are you going to shoot your mouth off again or do we have to continue this? I mean I could but I don’t know if you want to look any worse than you already do.

            Also, I believe you don’t understand what virtual memory is. I could also point out other faults but I’ll leave you to learn.

          • Lucky Dan

            First off you don’t straight away all this GB your spouting out right now is just FMV and audio output not actually gameplay, at the moment you are just promoting movies.

            So your considering right now FMV and Audio and gameplay good knowledge you have right now. I can put 6 hrs of gameplay onto a game with 2 hrs of FMV and audio and you call of game? Like Beyond 2 souls of one and Heavy Rain for example.

            So how can you justify right now you consider these games when all it is is just looking at 2hrs of cut scenes and have 4hrs of gameplay quite stupid isn’t it sort of like your logic right here?
            COD and Killzone are pure examples of very bad games taking up needless space

            Next your gonna tell me in that 4hrs of gameplay in 4k is gonna take 50gb sure I believe of that due to the upscaling and formatting but they are just graphical effects.

            You just sound like someone who needs to have pure graphical experience with 2 hrs of cutscenes which is skipped and 4hrs of single player gameplay with some multiplayer thrown in.

            Your just a casual who don’t play games and just go for experience man, your talking absolute shit you love movies I’ve read what you said “I want games to be a full blown movie experience with no gameplay and with great graphical and audio representation for 4-8 hrs game and pay 60 bucks for it” whoop pie doo need more people like you around Sony and Microsoft would love you.

            Keep on replying cause that’s what you talking about here. Go watch movie man.

          • You really don’t know when to quit talking do you?

          • Lucky Dan

            Ok lets get on with it.

            Your saying this mythical COD:Ghosts is 50GB probably over time but not straight out 50GBs flat.

            BF4 takes 25 GBs and has this dynamic environment with multiplayer, at least it doesn’t claim it needs 50 GB straight up but builds on it.

            GTA V is 17.5 GB and has a sandbox world

            WOW takes 27.5 GB over 10 years

            and your justifying saying with a straight face that this COD:Ghosts takes 50GBs

            I think you have no bloody idea mate with countless counter examples which has a larger area for playground 50GB is a way blown out number the only thing your justify a movies and even if it’s true all it is a movie situated in a 50GB game. See wasn’t impossible to disprove you and how can you say with even a straight face that Killzone takes even 290 GBs what do they make 10 hr fmv into the game with a 7 hr linear experience

            Seems to me you haven’t played a FPS in your entire life. Even Movie directors don’t make or even support retarded claims like that at least they say “we had 10 hrs of footage but we had to cut it down to make it watchable”.

    • ShadowDivz

      What’s DNLA?

      • DNLA is essentially a bridge between devices in a universal sense. Like being able to watch a movie on your PC on your big screen TV by means of streaming via a media server.

        Basically, you don’t need to hook up your computer to your TV, you can just stream it over the network to a device that can accept it and vice versa.

        What they’re basically saying is the PS4 will not have the means of doing that like its PS3 predecessor was. It’s a bit of a bumming point, considering many used their PS3s as a media center of sorts, especially since most bought their PS3s at the start because it was a gateway to a Blu-Ray player.

        Not sure why they would make the decision to pull away from it and streaming video and audio of any kind.

        • ShadowDivz

          Ahh. thank you.

      • Basically being able to stream various media products (music, photos, videos, etc) via a network from a PC to other devices.

  • neo_firenze

    Bravo to Sony for releasing this kind of information in a clear and well-explained manner. All too often we get vague bits and pieces by the system manufacturers (and this INCLUDES Sony for past consoles), and real information needs to be pieced together and communicated by users.

    Hopefully this is a trend that continues, and that other companies follow Sony’s lead here. This isn’t a system war post (I’m getting both the PS4 and Xbox One on day 1), but Microsoft in particular could take some tips from the clear messaging on display here!

    • Fox

      I like how they don’t even bother to answer some of the simplest yes-or-no questions at all. Guess that means the answers are “no,” nice of them to explain it so clearly.

      • neo_firenze

        Which questions are they avoiding? Did you actually read the FAQ at the link, or just the few excerpts noted in the Siliconera post? I’m guessing it’s the former…

  • BizarreJelly

    Still not able to change your online ID… Deal-breaker. Not really, but it’s still annoying.

    • ShadowDivz

      Really? Shouldn’t be a problem unless you put “ILOVEFRANCINE98”
      and your dating someone called brenda. xD

      Seriously, it never occured to me to change my Online ID

      • BizarreJelly

        Yeah it’s not that big a deal unless you have a terrible ID like your example lol I’ve just got bored of the one I choose all those years ago, could do with a change!

  • neocatzon

    Great FAQ but with mandatory installation size around 30-50gb plus anything digitals, 500gb is like.. not enough. With 9.5mm HDD size resriction, I can only find 1.5 TB at the most.

    EDIT: lurking around those number might be not installation size but cache size.

    • ZEROthefirst

      Edit: Didn’t realize the install sizes for these games was so much more ridiculous than Gran Turismo 5’s. Thought the games would be about 10-15GBs in DL data.

      • neocatzon

        I’m more worried to digital downloads than installation size. For retails the instalation time: BF4 is 35gb, COD got 50Gb, Killzone has 45GB, and Knack 37GB. Those can be managed, no problem. But it’s certainly a problem if we download full games. Redownloading 30+gb titles is time consuming (remember 1-2mb psn download speed).

        • monkey king

          All of the titles on ps3 have a certain amount of bloat due to padding and not using compression for things like textures/audio.

          BF4 is actually only 11GB on ps3 and 19gb on PC.
          The “35” gb for PS4 is basically just part of the 50gb cache memory ps4 does for every game, meaning it won’t actually use all of that 34GB on install; it basically means, if you want to play CoD Ghosts and Killzone, you won’t need 100GB of space (50GB each,) you’ll just need 50GB to cache them.

          Heck 50GB is prolly pushing it, since not the entire game needs to be in cache.

          • neocatzon

            That was a relief, but, no longer pushing console HDD capacity to death like ps3 and basically we only have 450gb free spaces. (Re)downloading full games still quite a problem though.

          • monkey king

            True, it’s one of the many reasons I will always prefer retail.

          • neocatzon

            The era of digital is still far. (Good..)

        • ZEROthefirst

          Sorry about that, I didn’t actually see the install size for some of these games and was assuming the would be about the size of like I mentioned Gran Turismo 5 and be about 10-15GBs each or something.

          • neocatzon

            What are you saying sorry for?. Actually, we still don’t know for sure whether this is mandatory installation size or just cache size for these games (the faq does not explained this in detail). If these are just cache size, in which free space we need when playing the game, it still doesn’t change things much I think.

      • neo_firenze

        I’d say it most certainly DOES matter even for people who avoid download versions of games. The required HDD installs even for retail disc games are pretty huge, examples:

        Killzone: 45 GB
        Knack: 37 GB
        Battlefield 4: 37 GB

        I’m going to have to upgrade HDD right away to avoid the hassle of having to backup/reinstall/redownload when I inevitably run out of space. 500GB, minus system cache and OS space requirements, you’re looking at like 10 installed games at these sizes. I plan to have a heck of a lot more than 10 games.

        • ShadowDivz

          Man. Those must take forever to install.

        • ZEROthefirst

          O_o I didn’t realize the download data for the games was going to be so big. I was assuming somewhere around the size of Gran Turismo 5’s total DL data now for the games on average…

    • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

      People act as if this is exclusive to PS4 and not the X1…

  • gerald

    I see people complaining about the no MP3 and DLNA thing on some sites like it’s the end of the world. I can’t tell if it’s just the usual haters coming out of the woodwork because there’s something to complain about or if that many people actually used consoles for playing music and external media.

    I don’t actually know anyone who used a gaming console for that stuff when there’s all kinds of better devices for the job.

    • I definitely agree that there’s better media out there, but I did love using my PS3 to download and save my. . . adult collection of entertainment. It’ll be a missed feature, but not a huge loss.

      • gerald

        I hear ya. I have a pretty big collection of adult entertainment too. I call it, the internet.

        • Indeed, tis the source of it~.

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            I use my Wii U for that now. It’s browser works amazingly for adult entertainment. :3

          • Oh, really~!? I’m going to keep that in mind for when we get one then. >u<

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            Yeah it wasn’t my intent at first, but my friend laughed when he pulled up some and it ran great, you can even watch it on the pad for added privacy. :3

          • Haha, that is a brilliant idea! What a great accident/finding.

      • ShadowDivz

        ……Are you serious?

        I wouldn’t dare put pronz on my PS3.

        I mean, imagine the inevitable.
        “What movies you have in here?”
        “WAIT NO!”
        “Bible black?”

        • Hahaha! Yeah, I do have to worry about doing searches on the internet with it when certain people are around.

          • ShadowDivz

            I remember i invited some friends over, and i wanted to show them a site to get PS3 themes.
            And the site p*rnh*b was saved to the memory list thing….

          • Ahh, that sucks, haha.
            I have had a couple of my sites pop up on the side when I start typing stuff, but I was fortunate that the people I didn’t want seeing weren’t paying attention at the moment.

    • NoOneSeesWhatWeSee

      I don’t know about the end of the world.

      But the more functions my electronic devices have, the better.

    • Fox

      Rather, it’s the final straw for some people. Sony has been systematically stripping the functionality of their hardware for years. Go back in time 20 years and find a gamer. Tell him or her everything the PS3 could do to everything the PS4 can do, and he or she will probably assume the PS3 came AFTER the PS4.

      • ShadowDivz

        If they assume 3 comes AFTER 4, i wouldn’t be trusting any information they give.

    • Sam Bowman

      Mate 90% of my PS3 use is streaming movies. As you say there are probably better devices for the job, but why have 5 devices cluttering up space when you could have 1 centralized device in the living room for everything? One remote. Is that too hard to ask? Especially when there is absolutely no reason for Sony to remove the feature in the first place.

    • Anime10121

      I’m a fan of Playstation, and I think this is a stupid decision. Its obviously a ploy to push Music Unlimited, as its completely retarted to be able to have custom soundtracks, only for them to be exclusive only to MU :(

  • Prinnydoom

    Damn……looks like i’ll need playstation plus then.

  • Yan Zhao

    Just wondering, how backward compatible is the PS4, like, can I play my PS3 games and use the video share feature for them? That would be kinda cool. I dont really want a PS4 right now cause theres no games for it I want to play yet, but if it was backward compatible with my PS3 games I’d buy it just for the new features.

    • neocatzon

      Short answer, no. Longer answer, still no (check the faq). But, there’s a talk about streaming ps3 content through Gaikai in the future.

    • Fox

      It’s also not compatible with PS2, PS1 or PSN games, digital or disc. So if you want to play games, there’s absolutely no reason to buy a PS4.

      • ShadowDivz

        I think this guy works for microsoft.

  • Vsin

    There’s quite a bit of PR spin in the middle of that FAQ, but otherwise it considers most reasonable questions and gives direct answers to them. Not every decision is going to be popular with everyone, but at least their integrity is preserved from the transparency of these statements.

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    Thoroughly impressed with the FAQ, took about an hour to read and was very informing. I’m all happy here.
    Key things I learned:
    -Game sharing still exists.
    -Resogun and Contrast free for PS+ at launch.
    -You can chat with both PS3 and VIta players.
    -Non PS+ members can do everything online with me except play a game together.
    -PS+ on my PS4 grants Online gaming to anyone playing on my PS4 as long as PS+ account is set to primary.
    -My Pulse Headset will work eventually on my PS4.
    -I can download games and demo’s from other regions on my PS4.
    -Suspend not available at launch, but will support multiple suspends.
    -Expand HDD to 1.5TB currently, and more later.
    -Runs more quietly than PS3.

    • ShadowDivz

      -I can download games and demo’s from other regions on my PS4.


      • Ferrick

        you can change PSNs to a different region psn and access that region’s PSN store

        • ShadowDivz

          Ahh, just like the PS3. I thought like just freely access another regions stuff.

          Too good to be true.

          • Ferrick

            well in a sense, it is exactly that if you bar the account creation for that region process

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            It was really easy to do on PS3, don’t see the issue. I am sure we can use our already made Japanese accounts.

      • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

        “Do PS4 games have regional locks?

        In general, neither digital nor disc-based games will be region locked, but PlayStation recommends that all users purchase games at the region of their residence to guarantee the best overall experience and customer service. In certain instances, a software publisher may choose to region lock a game title for specific reasons, but Sony Computer Entertainment expects these instances to be uncommon.”

  • Audie Bakerson

    Reading through the FAQ, I think we can safely say they’ll not be able to reuse the PS3’s slogan.

    • ShadowDivz

      What was that again?

      • Audie Bakerson

        There are two, but I will tell you I’m not referring to “this is living” (which I don’t think I’ve ever seen actually used).

      • eilegz

        it only does everything….

  • PoweredByHentai

    Will any PlayStation Store content purchased on PS3 or PS Vita systems be transferable to a PS4 system?
    In some cases, yes. For example, a selection of popular digital titles including Flower, flOw, Escape Plan and Sound Shapes will be available to purchase on PS4 after launch. Gamers who purchased these titles for the PS3 or PS Vita systems (the PS Vita system only, in the case of Escape Plan) will be able to download the PS4 versions of these titles, some of which feature enhanced graphics or improved features, to their PS4 systems for no additional charge.

    That part is awesome. :D

    • Lucky Dan

      Whoa what happen to the 10 bucks additional charge to upgrade their copy for once Sony has listened to the consumers.

      • PoweredByHentai

        That’s for people who bought the physical PS3 versions of “blockbuster” titles. Currently applies to COD Ghosts, BF4 and Assassin’s Creed 4. I know I’m forgetting a few other titles but those are what I remember off the top of my head.

        • Lucky Dan

          Thanks for the information

          • PoweredByHentai

            Here’s the Digital Upgrade process:


            If you bought the physical PS3 version, the PS3 disc serves as the method of authenticating your digital PS4 version.

            You can then think of it as if you were playing from a PS4 disc.

  • ShadowDivz

    Alot of people are complaining about how they are removing some media features “MP3 etc” that the PS3 had.

    While i admit taking away these features may be disheartening.
    It does emphasize the whole GAMING CONSOLE thing they’re going for.

    But don’t fret guys, there’s always the Xbox One! =D

  • Dagobert

    The thing I want to know the most is will the hard drive be FAT32 or not? I hope it’s not and that it’s exfat or whatever because that 4gb file size limitation is annoying.

    • PoweredByHentai

      Based on FreeBSD 8, probably ext2, ext3 or ext4 at best.

  • ZekeFreek

    Seriously people, just put some thought into your usernames before you create your account.

    • I’m fine with mine. However, some people did just that, people change and with it, they want their handles to reflect that change, or find one that they prefer.

      • Anime10121

        Gimmedat…what the hell was I thinking….

        oh thats right, I wasn’t, I just wanted to play my new PS3 not thinking that name would be tied to me for over a decade :(

  • I don’t really care about hardware specs. What pisses me off is the whole anti-backwards compatibility… same was true for the ps3 as i had ps2 games i hadn’t finished or wanted to play again but my ps2 bit the bucket THE DAY i brought home my ps3…

  • “no, the system isn’t region-locked’
    *EXHALES* Thank goodness.

    I’ll be checking the FAQ, but (if I miss it) can anyone say if sub-accounts will become master accounts if they’re 18 and over? (not sure if that makes sense). I hate going through the master account.

  • Kid Kuma

    Psn allows chat with friends even without plus. That’s very very cool
    I hated the whole “you can’t talk to your friends because you don’t have gold so of want to talk to them you gotta message them”…… ok. Even better than that is that messaging on the 360 console is super slow so I was like that’s ok I’ll use on my laptop to message them…….. messaging on requires a gold membership…….. that’s greed at an all time high.

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