Sony PlayStation 3 vs Sony Playstation 4

12.8 in
3.86 in
Sony PlayStation 3 Game Console
Sony PlayStation 3
10.83 in
2.09 in
Sony Playstation 4 Game Console
Sony Playstation 4
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We've been through two E3s filled with promises, a summer powered by anticipation, and an autumn fueled by hype, doubts, claims, and revelations. But now that Sony's PlayStation 3 has launched in North America and Japan, how did the console really turn out? Was the wait truly worth it? Does the PlayStation 3 take gaming to a level not attainable by the Wii or the Xbox 360? Obviously, it's far too early to answer those questions responsibly. How valuable any one of these systems ultimately becomes can't and won't be answered for years. But what we can comment on is the PlayStation 3 launch itself. We can evaluate the system's potential, its current software library, its online capabilities, and the overall marketing behind the machine. In other words, we can tell you what we think.Read more
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Two years on, and the PS4 is still the same fantastic consoleRead more
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Full Comparison

Hardware

Sony PlayStation 3Sony PlayStation 3Sony Playstation 4Sony Playstation 4
CPU cores88
GPU Clock Speed550.0 MHz800.0 MHz
CPU speed3.2 GHz1.6 GHz
CPU model8 Core 3.2 GHz POWER-based PPE with seven 3.2 GHz SPEs8 Core Custom AMD Jaguar Processor
GPU nameRSX Reality Synthesizer based on NVIDIA G70Custom AMD Radeon Graphics Processor
RAM memory512MB8GB

Screen

Sony PlayStation 3Sony PlayStation 3Sony Playstation 4Sony Playstation 4
3D Supportyesyes
Resolutions supported1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 720p, 576p720p, 1080p, 1080i

Controller

Sony PlayStation 3Sony PlayStation 3Sony Playstation 4Sony Playstation 4
Number of controllers included11
Motion DetectionAccelerometer, GyroscopeAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Playstation Eye
Connection MethodBluetoothBluetooth
Number of joysticksDualDual
Triggers44
Weight8.78 oz6.77 oz
Number of buttons88
Number of supported wireless controllers74
Features
N/A
Audio/Microphone Input, Display Screen, Microphone, Power Console On/Off, Touch Screen, Vibration
Alternative Controller
N/A
PS Vita

Audio

Sony PlayStation 3Sony PlayStation 3Sony Playstation 4Sony Playstation 4
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS 5.1, DTS 96/24, DTS ESDolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS 5.1, DTS 96/24, DTS ES

Features

Sony PlayStation 3Sony PlayStation 3Sony Playstation 4Sony Playstation 4
Accessories includedGame, Additional gamepadGame
Type of media supportedBlu-rayBlu-ray
Remote control supportyesyes
Surround decoder (5.1/7.1)yesyes

Dimensions

Sony PlayStation 3Sony PlayStation 3Sony Playstation 4Sony Playstation 4
Depth10.79 in12.01 in
Width12.8 in10.83 in
Height3.86 in2.09 in
Weight8.78 oz6.77 oz
Colour of productBlack, WhiteBlack, White

Connectivity

Sony PlayStation 3Sony PlayStation 3Sony Playstation 4Sony Playstation 4
Ethernet connection speed
10/100/1000 Mbit/s
10/100/1000 Mbit/s
Wireless networking standard802.11b, 802.11g802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Number of USB Inputs42
Number of USB 2.0 ports40
Number of HDMI outputs11
HDMI version1.3a1.4a
Number of connection ports42
Number of USB 3.0/3.1 (Gen 1)
N/A
2
A/V Outputs
N/A
Component Video, Coaxial

Network

Sony PlayStation 3Sony PlayStation 3Sony Playstation 4Sony Playstation 4
Online servicePlaystation NetworkPlaystation Network
App StorePlayStation StorePlayStation Store
Social features
N/A
Audio Chat, Leaderboards, Messaging, Video Chat, Browser, Facebook, Netflix, Skype, Twitter, Viaplay, YouTube