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The PS4 will be released this holiday season

Sony gave gamers a pre-E3 treat when it finally revealed its next-generation console, the PlayStation 4 (PS4). 

Sony unveiled the PS4 console the night before the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) conference, which runs from June 11-13. The company dropped a few details about the console's specs, games and controller earlier this year, but didn't show off the actual console until now.

The PS4 is a nearly all-black console with the exception of a strip of purple in the tower. One portion of the console has a glossy black finish and holds the PlayStation and Sony logos on it. The rest is a matte black finish.

Also, the curves of the PS3 are nowhere to be found on the PS4. It has a rhombus shape and sharp edges, and can lay horizontally or stand vertically. 

The updated DualShock 4 controller has a touch surface and a Share button to upload game footage to many different online networks. The PlayStation 4 Eye completes the hardware package with twin cameras and a four-microphone setup.

For those who need a refresher on what's under the hood, the PS4 will feature an 8-core 64-bit x86 Jaguar CPU built by AMD; a Radeon GPU comprised of 18 compute units (achieves 1.84 TFLOPS); a 6x Blu-ray drive; 8GB of GDDR5 of unified RAM; USB 3.0; Bluetooth 2.1; HDMI; optical out, and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Sony also presented some of the upcoming PS4 games, such as "Elder Scrolls Online," which will launch next spring; "NBA 2K14"; "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag"; "Killzone: Shadow Fall," which is due the first quarter of 2014; "Infamous: Second Son," which will be released the first quarter of 2014; "Final Fantasy Versus XIII," and "Kingdom Hearts III."

Sony also revealed some excellent game-related news for the PS4: there will be no new restrictions on used games, and the console won't need to go online in order to authenticate -- making it completely offline capable. This is a great edge for the PS4, considering Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 360 successor -- the Xbox One -- will allow third-party publishers to opt out of used game sales. Both Microsoft and the publishers don't receive license fees on used game sales, but Microsoft was sneaky about the new policy by allowing third parties to make the decision on whether to ban the new games -- which puts them to blame instead of Microsoft for upset gamers.

Microsoft announced its Xbox One console in late May. The new machine will feature an APU with eight x86-64 cores; 8GB of DDR3 RAM; a GPU based on an AMD GCN architecture with 12 compute units (768 cores total for 1.23 TFLOPS; a 500 GB non-replaceable hard drive; three USB 3.0 ports; HDMI, and a Blu-ray optical drive. 

The Xbox One will have an introductory price of $499 USD when it's released in November 2013. 

The PS4, which will be released during the holiday season of 2013, will have an introductory price of $399 -- another edge against the new Xbox. 

Sources: USA Today, The Verge

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RE: So let me get this straight...
By retrospooty on 6/11/2013 9:07:47 AM , Rating: 2
I knew they would chanrge this time around, simply by the math. $5 a month didnt hurt MS, now think 10 million users (and that is a ver VERY low estimate) x $60 per year = 600 million every year for doing the exact same thing. X5 years and its now $3 billion.

RE: So let me get this straight...
By karimtemple on 6/11/2013 9:18:37 AM , Rating: 2
But the thing is if Sony had done PSN right in the first place, that $5 a month would have become a liability for Microsoft. MS had a foothold with Halo 2, so technically they were the ones to beat, but if Sony had been competent in the first place it really wouldn't have taken much effort. This is aside from the $600/$500 fiasco and the bottleneck/middleware issues.

RE: So let me get this straight...
By retrospooty on 6/11/2013 10:22:09 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. This time around though, it's very different and Sony is looking way better.

PS4 advantages.
- Better/Faster hardware
- $100 cheaper
- No "always on" req.
- used games will work without extra $ and hoops to jump through.

Other than that, I look at MS track record with quality in regards to failure rates, RROD etc. Many people are on thier 5, 6th (and some even higher) Xbox. MS replaced/repaired them, but what a pain. Sony has higher quality period.

RE: So let me get this straight...
By greenchinesepuck on 6/11/2013 8:37:07 PM , Rating: 2
All the Sony fanboys will sing totally different tune when MS ramps up its Kinect 2.0 optimized games and apps, Azure integration and TV/content deals and special programnming. Disks will die out eventually, and people stopped bothering about getting disks anyway, it's all digital nowadays. Sony is grasping at straws trying to stay relevant in the world going digital fast.

RE: So let me get this straight...
By Farfignewton on 6/11/2013 9:46:34 PM , Rating: 2
All the Sony fanboys will sing totally different tune when MS ramps up its Kinect 2.0 optimized games and apps

Unlikely given that many despise the very idea of kinect.

RE: So let me get this straight...
By retrospooty on 6/12/2013 7:45:05 AM , Rating: 2
Kinect is freegin awesome... For about 10 mins, then it starts to get boring. If they can dramatically reduce the lag and get better game support it will certainly help, but its not going to make the Xbox One. It's a nice feature, specifically nice for kids games and exercise and dance based games like Zumba , but not really a great gaming device in itself for stanadard games.

RE: So let me get this straight...
By ven1ger on 6/13/2013 5:43:31 PM , Rating: 2
Hehe...and I thought the PS Move was a loser. At least the Kinect looks better than the PS Move...though I think the Wii got it right in the first place.

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