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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 Da W on 6/11/2013 10:51:36 AM , Rating: 1
Both consoles have crappy Jaguar (i.e. AMD'S atom) cores.
Get a Trinity + Radon 7850 PC and you'll have the firepower of a PS4 and be able to play everygame for the next decade.
You can use a dual shock or an xbox controler.
You can have a 256GB SDD for a low price now, even cheaper next year, and throw in 4X4GB HDD for storage if you want to.
Most phone and tablets games are getting ported to Windows 8, you can run android too with bluestack.
Playing over the internet is FREE.
Steam gets loads of games on sales at crasy prices.
You get nice PC exclusives.
Xbox exclusive should drop on the PC too.
You'll miss PS4 exclusive but i can live with that.
Plus, it's a PC.

(the 399$ PS4 will be the cheap version, presumably with a 8GB HDD!!! There's no free lunch.)

RE: So let me get this straight...
By Mitch101 on 6/11/2013 11:01:57 AM , Rating: 1
I love gaming on the PC especially First Person Shooters in triple screen mode however there are genres to me that are better on Consoles.

Me Personally

Strategy like Starcraft and FPS - To me you need a mouse to select large groups quickly and keyboard for when you have many spells to cast and mouse for accuracy in FPS.

Dance Games, Party Games, Racing Games, some Role Playing games.

My 2 cents.

RE: So let me get this straight...
By kypd275 on 6/11/2013 11:34:04 AM , Rating: 1
because console and pc hardware can be directly compared due to how they're utilized at a basic level :rolleyes: (hint: you can't).

Oh, and the PS4 also comes with 500GB HDD, if you're gonna try to be a PC gaming master race, you need to do better than this.

RE: So let me get this straight...
By cmart on 6/11/2013 4:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
PS4 HDD = upgradeable, swappable.

Let's not go overboard with the console FUD.

By PresidentThomasJefferson on 6/12/2013 2:57:46 AM , Rating: 2
PS4 confirmed to have 500 gb hard-drive that's user-replaceable (use a SSD if you want!) AND also can use USB 3.0 for expansion hard drives...

the PS4 has 50% more shaders (1152) & 32 ROPs rendering pipelines giving 1.84 GFlops vs. Xbox's 768 shaders & 16 ROPs rendering pipelines 1.23 GFlops ...

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