Monday, July 7, 2014
PS4 Drama:Half Of PS4 RAM Saved For OS, Only 4.5 For Gaming

PS4 Drama:Half Of PS4 RAM Saved For OS, Only 4.5 For Gaming

Yesterday we told you about an article that’d be coming from Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry concerning PS4′s RAM. We didn’t know if it’d be good or bad, but it sounded like the latter. Today, it as been rumored by the site that PS4 reserves only 4.5 GB of RAM for games, while another massive 3.5 GB of RAM is saved for OS (operating system) functions. This puts Xbox One and PS4 on parity in many ways, although it should be noted that PS4 uses GDDR5, a much faster kind of RAM compared to Xbox One’s GDDR3. Both consoles include 8GBs of their respective RAM choices.

According to the site’s well-places source, “Sony’s internal docs say that 4.5GB is the baseline amount of guaranteed memory available for game-makers (note the memory usage of the Killzone: Shadow Fall demo) and most likely what the lion’s share of launch titles will be using. However, other sources close to Sony indicate that developers can request up to an additional gigabyte of “flexible memory”, and use it to boost elements of the game – but only if the background OS can spare it.”

Apparently, “current PlayStation 4 dev kits have a “Game Memory Budget Mode” in the debug settings featuring two options: normal and large. The normal mode setting confirms that 4.5GB of memory is usable for game applications. The large mode increases this considerably to 5.25GB.”

Here’s my take: This is a serious matter. It’s quite surprising that Sony would reserve so much precious GB that games need so badly for OS functions, but when you think about it, especially after listening to Sony talk about the many actions PS4 will be able to handle in the background without affecting gameplay, you begin to understand the reason for the large allocation.

Still, 3.5GB for OS is a lot, and basically puts the two consoles on a leveled playing field in many ways, but like I said earlier, PS4 still holds the advantage because of its faster GDDR5 RAM.

We haven’t received an official word from Sony, but expect the electronics giant to respond swiftly, as this story won’t go away anytime soon.

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  • Benzo

    As a gamer….I DONT CARE ABOUT ALL THESE SPECS!!! SHOW ME THE GAMES!!! Now this is not directed at EG or GamesThirst…..The people who release these things to the web(Digital Foundry) just fan the flames of the stupid fanboy war ragging right now. Checking other game sites and all I see is freaking NERD RAGE about how now XboxOne is better or how PS4 is still more powerful due to DDRM5 stuff or whatever its called. Personally I just want all these crap to stop. Maybe its my old age talking, but this stuff is really working my nerves. I understand that as an awesome gamer site GamesThirst must report all the news as it relates to the new systems,but that doesnt mean I have to like it lol! Both XboxOne and PS4 look like kick ass systems with lots of features and awesome gaming experiences on the horizon. Lets agree that both systems will have awesome looking multiplat games. And well all know the magic that first party devs can do with each piece of hardware. At the end of the day…I just want my Bethesda games to work properly LOL!!! The fanboy war will continue to rage with NO WINNER. Xbots will always was MS is better and SonyBoys will say that PS is better. If they only knew that them as obnoxious, nerd raging, wanna be programmer, immature fanboys are the real losers in the console war! Sorry for the rant. But thats what old folks do…we stand in our doorway and wag our fists at the young people.
    End Transmission

  • ernicegilbert

    BENZO!!!! BEST COMMENT YET!!! ELLE. OH. ELLE! LOVE IT!!!! Sorry for the caps, folks. LOL!

  • Ghost250

    That’s not true the preserves 7 GB of ram for games while they use 1 GB for the os

  • ernicegilbert

    Ghost, did Sony release a statement?

  • Therasul

    You don’t care about the specs, yet the specs DIRECTLY relate to the quality and scope of the games. I’m a Sony HATER, have been since I got my 64, and Especially since my first Xbox 360, but the Specs, not my “nerd rage”, have swayed me to buy a PS4.

    But I still like your perspective. So long as Elder Scrolls Online looks and plays great, I wouldn’t give a hoot about the rest.