No, we don’t mean that E3 2013 was all about Sony’s console – even though many (including us) believe Sony knocked Microsoft on their back. This is just an article to detail what the PS4 is about, and was probably not conveyed all that well from a zombie in the early hours of the morning.
The console from Sony will launch in the US and EU this coming Christmas and will cost a rather reasonable (for a launch price) $399 USD / £349 / €399. Whether South Africa will be included in the EU release is still to be confirmed.
The PS4 is region free. This additional piece of good news came after the conference was completed and came via Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida on Twitter.
We got to see the console in all it’s black glory. While some may like it, I’m not so sold. That being said, both next-gen consoles are looking like boxes with an angle chucked in for “style”.
Inside the box, you will find some decent hardware, but if you’re not satisfied with the 500GB hard drive already in it, you can upgrade, “like PS3”.
Sony announced that there will be no restrictions on your games. You can loan them out, sell them, trade them, or use them as a coaster. It’s your choice. They explain it all rather nicely in this step-by-step video.
The PlayStation 4 will not require any online authentication. Not even once a year. However, one of the changes to the online feature of the console is that players wanting to play online multiplayer will be required to have a PS Plus subscription.
The PlayStation 4’s cloud-based features will launch sometime in early 2014, but in the US first. The service will initially allow players access to loads of “critically acclaimed” PS3 and PS4 games. This service is Sony’s solution to backward compatibilty. Vita games will be available on the service at a later date too.
There was some mention of TV services, but to be honest, we believe the information above is the real decider in what many will call the Second (or Third, or Fourth, or whatever number) Console Wars. We’re willing to say that’s the early battles going the way of Sony.
So what’s in the PlayStation 4 box? The following. If you want to get the PlayStation Eye camera, that is sold separately and will cost you $59 / €49 / £44.
The PlayStation 4
The console itself with a 500GB hard drive. It has 8GB of GDDR5 memory, an eight-core x86-64 AMD Jaguar CPU, a 1.8 TFLOPS Radeon GPU, two USB 3.0 ports and a six-speed Blu-ray drive.
DualShock 4 controller
One DualShock 4 controller is included, and has a built-in rechargable battery that charges via USB. Additional controllers, will cost you $59 / €59 / £54 each.
The PlayStation 4 has a headset in the box this time. Well done. Not the flashiest, but at least it’s something.
Cords and cables
The box comes with cords and cables in it. There’s a standard AC power cord to power the system, an HDMI cable, and a USB cable for charging the DualShock 4 controller.
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The full technical specs for the PS4 have been released:
- Recommended retail price:
US $399, Canada $399, €399 and £349
- Main processor:
Single-chip custom processor
- CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
- GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMN next-generation Radeon based graphics engine
- Memory: GDDR5 8GB
- Storage size: 500GB hard disk drive*
- External dimensions:
Approximately 275 x 53 x 305mm
- Mass: Approx 2.8kg
- BD/DVD drive (read only): BD x 6 CAV, DVD x 8 CAV
- Input/Output: Super-Speed USBx (USB 3.0) port x2, AUX port x1
- Networking: Ethernet x1, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)
- AV output: HDMI out port, DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port
- Included: PlayStation 4 system x1, Wireless controller (DualShock 4) x1, Mono headset x1, AC power cord x1, HDMI cable x1, USB cable x1*The hard disk drive contains space that is available for users and space that is reserved for the system, therefore the actual space that is free for users is smaller than the total space stated.
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For videos of the games announced by Sony, check here.
For all our E3 coverage, including videos and news, check here.