PlayStation Plus card / PSN Plus

PlayStation Network card / PSN card

About the PlayStation

At the 3th of December 1994, Sony presented it's first PlayStation in Japan. Currently, there are four consoles, there is a media center and a popular online service: the PlayStation Network (often called PSN). The console has various controllers and there's even a portable version of it, the PlayStation Portable (often called PSP).

With it's first PlayStation console, Sony directly placed a record. It has been the first console that sold more then 100 million times. The next console in line, was the PlayStation 2. This console came to the market in 2000. It also carries a record. With more then 155 million sales, this is the best selling console ever since. The most well known PlayStation console, would be the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 3 came to market in 2006, the PlayStation 4 in 2013. PlayStation 4 carries a record as well: it was sold more then 1 million times within 24 hours after it's release.

Both the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4 can be bought in stores. It's also possible with both consoles, to play at the very popular service PlayStation Network (PSN).

The PlayStation 3 vs the PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 reached the market more then 3 years ago. It's most definitely worth the upgrade, when your still gaming on the PlayStation 3. Sony still keeps adding new updates and features. As an example, the interface of the PlayStation 4 has been completely redone and new features have been added.

The PlayStation 3 however, will remain for sale in store. Both consoles are capable of using the PlayStation Network (PSN). The PlayStation account isn't tied to the console itself. You thus can keep continuing the account when switching consoles.

The PlayStation 3 vs the PlayStation 4: the design

There are various versions of the PlayStation 3 that came to the market. The original for starters, was known for it's huge shape and heavy weight (7KG). It's follow-up, the PS3 Slim, has less weight and a better looking shape. The most recent version of the PlayStation 3, is named Super Slim edition. This PlayStation 3 Super Slim has a nice and good looking curved top. The PlayStation 4's design is coming close to this version of the PlayStation 3.

The PlayStation 4 however isn't exactly the same as the PlayStation 3. It has more corners and slanted sides. Additionally, it has a light in the middle of the console indicating it's status.

Like the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation 4 is still somewhat large. The PS4 is actually 27.5cm width and 30.5cm tall, with a height of 5.cm. Compared to the PS3 Slim: 29cm width, 29cm tall and a height of 6.5cm, the PS4 is still somewhat bigger.

The PlayStation 3 vs the PlayStation 4: the sound

You might haven't thought about it, but could you imagine how important the sound of a console for many gamers is? The more noise the PlayStation makes, the less in-game sounds you will hear. When for example playing through the PlayStation Network (PSN), while communicating with others, this noise can be annoying.

The PlayStation 4, luckily, is almost quite. Even when you play for a longer period of time, in a strong graphical game, the console remains silent. The opposite of the PS3. One of it's most heard complaints, is actually about the sound. When you find -for whatever reasons- the PlayStation 4 still not quite enough, then it's good to know there is a so called "C-Chasis". This model is somewhat smaller then the original and is supposed to be even more quite.

The PlayStation 3 vs the PlayStation 4: RAM and CPU

When announcing the PlayStation 4, Sony indicated it would be some 10 times stronger then the PS3. Something interesting to know, is where this statement is actually based on. The PS4 is using a completely new processor. Sony herewith did listen to it's community. A well known complaint, was the fact that the PS3 was using an in-house developed processor. This made it very difficult for third party developers to build games.

The PS4 is therefor using an x88-chipset. This chipset can be found in Microsoft's Xbox One as well. For the CPU, the PS4 choose for the 8-core AMD Jaguar CPU (up to 2,7GHz) combined with an 800MHz AMD Radeon graphic card. Memory wise, the PS4 is equipped with 8GB GDDR5 RAM.

The PS3 is running on a single-core 3,2GHz processor. It has a 550MHz graphical card and has 256MB DDR3 RAM memory. Altho the clock-speed might sound somewhat higher, the amount of cores in the PS4 will make it an easy win.

New in the PS4, is the completely new architecture compared to the PS3. This unfortunately makes it impossible to use physical PS3 games on the PS4, a feature that Xbox does have. There is however PlayStation Now, which let you stream (certain) games from PS3 to PS4.

The PlayStation 3 vs the PlayStation 4: the controller

The PlayStation 4 is coming with a new DualShock 4 controller. It's actually a slightly renewed version of the DualShock 3 controller coming with the PlayStation 3. The DualShock 4 is however somewhat larger and heavier. This in return gives more grip. Sony did carefully redesign the trigger buttons and those on the side of it's controller. It therefor became easier to reach them and more feedback is send during racing or shooting games.

An instantly visible difference, is the small touchscreen in the center of the DualShock 4 controller. This can be used for various in-game features, but also to navigate smoother through the consoles interface.

An headset plugin at the bottom of the controller is new as well. It makes it easier to connect a headset or microphone. This is definitely recommend while communicating over the PlayStation Network with others. Some minor adjustments in the controllers design have been performed by Sony. For example, the Options and Share button are replacing the Start and Select buttons.

The Share button makes it possible to have access to all game sharing options within a thumbs click. As an example, there's the new Share Play feature. It gives you, to quote Soy, a "virtual couch experience". You can share your games with friends, even when these friends don't have the game themselves.

Of course the light bar at the front of the DualShock 4 controller makes a big difference. This makes it possible for the PS4 to determine your position in the room. The feature works compatible with the SixthAxis motion sensor. It's result: the console can be controlled based on motion, so without a Move Controller. During the game, the light bar does change based upon the game you play.

When your familiar with the DualShock 3 controller, then it might take a little while to get used to the new DualShock 4 controller. It's however absolutely worth it.

The PlayStation 3 vs the PlayStation 4: psn plus online

Do you currently have a PlayStation 3 and are you considering to switch to a PlayStation 4? In that case, it would be nice to know that you don't need to buy a PSN Plus subscription again. PSN Plus isn't connected to your PlayStation, but to your account. When switching consoles, it's possible to keep using your old account and thus the PSN Plus subscription.

The PSN Plus service has lots of additional benefits. An example would be the Instant Game Collection. It lets you generate a list of 45 games, that you don't have to pay for. Additionally, you can try a game 1 hour for free, prior to a purchase. This feature gives you a great opportunity to get to know the game. Of course it's also great to know, that PSN Plus members often receive special discounts on PlayStation Store purchases.

The PlayStation 3 vs the PlayStation 4: psn card

It is possible to transfer your PlayStation Network (PSN) credits from PS3 to your new PS4. The reason hereof, is the fact that the credits aren't tied to the physical console, but to your account. It's thus possible to connect your account on your new PS4. With the credits you previously had, you can shop in the PlayStation Store of your PS4. For example to buy new games, or in-game expansions.

When you decide to make a purchase in the PSN Store, the credits of this purchase will be deducted from your PSN balance. It's good to know, that you don't need to spend your full balance at once. Buying multiple smaller items is of course also a possibility!