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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 MozeeToby on 6/11/2013 10:23:14 AM , Rating: 3
Cable is dying. I can't imagine the people who are willing to drop $500 on a launch console are the same people who are still using cable for the majority of their TV habits. It's a cool feature, and last generation it would have been a gamebreaker. But this generation? So long as the PS4 supports Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc I don't see it being that much of a selling point to the typical user.

RE: So let me get this straight...
By Mitch101 on 6/11/2013 10:57:01 AM , Rating: 2
I agree but this is something outside the HDMI pass through.

Microsoft and Time Warner in Talks for XBox One TV Streaming Deal (MSFT)

The deal will be similar to one that Time Warner currently has with Roku, which streams 300 channels through the Time Warner app.

If Microsoft was able to capitalize on this deal, it could mean that the new console from the company, the XBox One, would also be able to stream cable channels. As reported by FierceCable, the CEO of Time Warner also suggested that the company is in talks with Apple to stream through Apple’s AppleTV device.

I just read cablevision is also on board.

With the new Xbox One, you’ll never watch TV the same way again
No longer need to rent one of those crappy cable boxes that was probably made a decade ago.

RE: So let me get this straight...
By Mitch101 on 6/11/13, Rating: 0
RE: So let me get this straight...
By Motoman on 6/11/2013 12:41:06 PM , Rating: 4
...are you seriously going to justify:

* Paying $100 more...
* ...for lesser hardware...
* ...that horrifically abuses the First-Sale Doctrine
* ...and doesn't f%cking work if you don't have an internet connection

...because it has Skype? Which you can already do for free on every computer, tablet, and smartphone in the house? And maybe even your toaster oven?

Please. That is the lamest of all possible retarded excuses to justify an XBox Done purchase. You can show yourself out.

RE: So let me get this straight...
By Motoman on 6/11/2013 12:43:26 PM , Rating: 4
Oh, and just to take care of the impending "but on teh ecks bocks teh skipes will be on teh tee vee!"

Spend $2 on an HDMI cable and connect your laptop to the TV then. Maybe even your tablet or smartphone. Yay! Skype on the TV for $2!

Remember kids: never go full retard.

RE: So let me get this straight...
By BRB29 on 6/11/2013 12:46:13 PM , Rating: 2
maybe their savior will be kinect

By EricMartello on 6/15/2013 12:05:07 AM , Rating: 2
$2 HDMI cables are bad news. The "good" cheap HDMI cables that will not fall apart are in the $10-$15. Microsoft knows this, and is expecting you to factor that into your decision.

By retrospooty on 6/11/2013 1:16:29 PM , Rating: 3
How to share games on PS4 tutorial. =)

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