At the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, Sony finally unveiled what the PlayStation 4 would really look like, and it’s a doozy.
Sony had a partial reveal some months ago which miffed a lot of gamers because they didn’t actually show the console. Back then they showed the new DualShock controller and some new games, but kept the console itself under wraps, just teasing the crowd with specs and statistics.
In an event on the first day of E3, they finally showed it. (Earlier in the day Microsoft also held an event for the new Xbox One and revealed their pricing for it—US$500.) Sony showed the public everything they needed to know about the PS4, and also revealed their pricing: a hundred dollars less than the Xbox One, available sometime “during the holidays”. In fact, like the Xbox One, it is now available for pre-order on Amazon and other retailers in the US.
It’s still unclear that the PS4 price might not include the PlayStation Eye camera, and it is also unclear what amount of storage the PS4 will initially have, while Microsoft has already announced that the new Kinect and a 500GB hard disk is included in their price. Whatever the case may be, price will in large part determine the purchase of gamers this November.
Here are the specs:
PS4 Main Processor
Memory GDDR6 8GB
Hard Drive Built-in
Optical Drive (Read Only)
I/O Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0), AUX
In an apparent dig at Microsoft, Sony also announced that the PS4 will not require a once-a-day online check in and not require a constant net connection in order to play single player offline games. Sony also announced that currently around 140 games are in development for the console, and 100 titles will be released in the first year. They also announced a Cloud Computing option for users, and development of an original media channel.
The PS4 is already being touted by some pundits as the “Anti Xbox One”, speaking of Sony’s generous allowances for gamers’ use, in response to Microsoft’s apparent repressive user restrictions.
Here are a couple more photos:
UPDATE: We’ve since found out that the PS4 will include a 500GB hard drive with the price, but will leave out the PlayStation Eye. The PS Eye will be available separately for US59.
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