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PlayStation 4 hardware unveiled, priced at $399
PlayStation 4 hardware unveiled, priced at $399
June 10, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

June 10, 2013 | By Kris Ligman
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More: Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, E3



Sony has unveiled the official model for its PlayStation 4. It bears a not unsurprising resemblance to its direct rival, the Xbox One, but smaller and, dare we say, cuter.

Sony also promised a host of crossmedia offerings on the platform from day one, including its Video and Music Unlimited services, as well as Netflix and, at a later time, Flixster.

In the closing of its E3 press conference, Sony has announced it is pricing the PlayStation 4, set to release holiday season 2013, will be priced at $399 US.

This will undercut its direct the competitor, the Microsoft Xbox One, by $100.

It should be noted that multiplayer service is not included in the base console price, but will instead require a PlayStation Plus membership.

Reports are circulating that Sony will be producing several hardware models, with the $399 being "restrictively basic." We will have more details as they emerge.

Update: Sony has released more information about the PlayStation 4's pricing and specs. Additional DualShock4 wireless controllers for the console will cost $59, while the PlayStation Camera has a similar price tag.

Elsewhere, the console will come with a 500GB hard drive, which can be replaced in the same way that the PS3 hard drive can be swapped out.

It's also notable that Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 is region-free, meaning that consumers can purchase games from other regions and play them on any PS4 console.


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Bob Johnson
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Yeah first thought was why another 2-texture concept look? I think there are other ideas out there.

Second thought was why didn't they make the reveal more exciting? They held it and passed it to the designer like it wasn't anything special. Here take this brick. Thanks.

Last the conference is putting me to sleep.

Paul Speed
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I like it. Kind of brings to mind a cross between some of the more boxy SGI machines and some of the super computer units in clustered systems. (Google Image "super computer" and maybe you'll see what I mean.)

I think it's kind of fitting for a souped up "workstation in a console" system.

Kujel s
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I still don't like the thumbsticks so close together, either go asymetical sticks or widen the gap between.
As for general look meh, basically the same as the xbone.

Freek Hoekstra
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it does seem to be the only real edge the One has though, neither look brilliant imho,
but the one has the edge with the subjectively preferable controller.
and kinect could do interesting things,
TV might be intersting for some, but I assume most won;t buy a console for that.

put that against
higher price,
24 hour online requirement
lots of games requiring online.
games requiring servers that might get shut down.
privacy issues...
Microsoft might have a hard time.

that said they DID bring their A game this time and showed a lot of content, of which a lot was actually exclusive, and first party. also backwards compatibility through gaikai might be a very smart move indeed.

overall both platforms are viable and I would not be surprised if Microsoft will pull something out of its sleeve (many counted the playstation 3 dead)
We will see what will happen, but for now I'd say the PS4 has the edge.

Eric Geer
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the thumbsticks are hardly an issue. If you've played with a 360 controller you can easily go to playing a PS controller. I'm a PS gamer, and bought a 360 controller for my computer--had no issues switching between. It's the new Nintendo controller that takes some getting used to.

Camilo R
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Is there some requirement to make next-gen systems have sharp corners.. it's not as bad the xbox one but it doesn't look like something I'd like to show off in my living room. I think both 360 and PS3 looked better than these next-gen systems.

Bob Johnson
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$399. Used games. No need to authenticate. Maybe they have a chance.

edit: looks like online play requires a subscription

Eric McVinney
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For only $5/month.

Eric Geer
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The number of quality games you get for free with PS+ far outweighs the 49.99 per year subscription fee.

Mark Venturelli
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Don't forget that $5/month is just a smarter way to say $60/year

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Dane MacMahon
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I still think the majority don't care about the DRM, but they certainly care about $100.

daniel birchal
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You are wrong! There's almost no price difference if you consider that it doesn't come with PS eye ($460 vs $500, with Xbone with more "functionalities") . But you'll see how massive the difference in the sales numbers will be!!!
You can't give the finger to your customers and succeed, and that's exacly what MS just did!
People see value in owning things instead of some kind of renting!

John Flush
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No one cares about the 'eye'. Honestly the best selling point about the PS4 to me, besides the price, is the complete lack of mention of motion control.

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Bob Allen
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Making the Eye optional pretty much guarantees the death of the Playstation Move. No dev will support it on the PS4 if it isn't standard given how it did on the PS3.

John Flush
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Looks like Bob caught it... Yep $5 PS account required for multiplayer.

My first thoughts on the hardware - a Xbone with slants on the ends and it stands up like a Wii. Wow... Will someone show the gaming industry some cool car designs with slick curves and stuff. That is 'future' - these things are black bricks with Bluray slots instead of VCR slots.

Actually though, they confirmed what I wanted to hear. Someone is making a next gen video game system. And it is $100 cheaper than the competition. I wonder if I can hook up a X360 controller to it or something though PS pads always looked and felt crappy to me.

Ujn Hunter
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Haha. First thing I thought of was "I wish I could use my Xbox 360 controller on this thing..."

Roberto Dillon
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I think Sony did a great press conference and did everything right. The only weakness I see is that, with a "PS3 support as strong as ever" and no retro compatibility, I'm not sure how many people will want to upgrade in the near future...

John Flush
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I think they did right though for the people that only had a X360 and a Wii (everyone had a Wii). Perfect time to get people to switch brands and get a video game console again.

Simon Ludgate
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Note that they WILL have pseudo retro compatibility through Gaikai: you can play PS3 games on your PS4 by streaming them through the cloud.

Roberto Dillon
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@Simon: yes, but as long as you can't play your existing disks and, likely, have to buy the game again, I'm afraid it doesn't really count...

Bob Johnson
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@Roberto

NOt sure you would have to buy your PS3 game again. They could easily authenticate PS3 discs in the PS4 BR drive and then as long as the disc is in the drive let you play the game over Gaikai. You would have to have a strong internet connection.

Not that I think those game streaming experiences will work well. I've used OnLIve. It was an inferior experience because of the lag. I don't think Gaikai can magically make the lag inherent in the internets go away. It results in a much less crisp game at best.

Bob Allen
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Simon: Actually Sony is already backtracking on their backwards compatibility promises compared to their last showing. Now there pushing off any kind of commitment until 2014. When 2014 comes around and they still don't have a real solution that doesn't involve re-buying all your old games, they'll just probably say "Does it really matter anymore? People want to play new games or 'enhanced remakes'." like they did when they removed BC out of the PS3.

William Johnson
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I sure would have liked it if Sony went straight for the throat and price matched Nintendo and made Microsoft's price look absolutely ridiculous. But eh, its not a bad price, but its still too rich for my blood.

Eric Geer
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$50 difference ain't too shabby.

Alexander Ageno
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Well Sony, you're getting my money over Microsoft.

Ron Dippold
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'If you buy one ominous black notched rectangle for $400 this year, make it the PS4'


(Okay, seriously, if I buy one it will be PS4 now for sure).

Bob Johnson
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Wonder what their UI will look like? I guess I prefer MS's latest on the 360 over what I've used on the PS3 although I haven't had a PS3 for a few years.

Freek Hoekstra
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Ui was shown in the reveal in februari:
tiles very similar to Xbox just google :)

Bob Johnson
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@Freek

Thanks. Checked out some pics. I didn't see alot. But it does look better than before. I just know MS will be better in this area because they are a software company. But hopefully Sony can close the gap enough.

Camilo R
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I wonder if the PS3 will also get cut free online multiplayer. Looks like I'll be sticking to the PC for the time being.

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Ron Dippold
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Almost everyone who created the XBox and XBox 360 is gone.

Okay, maybe there are a few left, but Robbie Bach, J Allard, Ed Fries, Seamus Blackley, all gone.

What you've got left are the Ballmers.

John Gordon
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I think Sony just took this generation. Even so, with the economy the way it is I don't expect the PS4 to do as well as the PS1 or PS2.

Jed Hubic
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How do the other skus differ? My guess if the Xbox was 399 they'd reveal info on all the skus.

Jorge Ramos
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Can someone please define "restrictively basic" in this regard?

Does that mean there will be a premium model with actual backward compatibility and additional features? I know I heard enough from my Sony fanboy brother to want to puke when it was all said and done. I myself have my own trepidations about Sony hardware reliability. But I also know all too well that when it comes to Sony, you either buy the buggy launch model with all the functionality or you end up stuck with the neutered one when (not if) they revise it.

Ron Dippold
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Backwards compatibility seems highly unlikely - it would require grafting a separate PS3 into the PS4 since the architecture is nearly completely incompatible. Mayyyybe.

They can't add more RAM without requiring games to support multiple configurations.

That leaves multiple storage configurations. Perhaps more than 500GB, perhaps SSD.

Michael Stevens
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$100 sounds like a big difference, but without the Eye and information on Hd size it could be nothing. I don't think it was the decisive victory for Sony that people are making it out to be.

Mario Kummer
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I see not packing it with Eye as an advantage. If you don't want the motion control you can just ignore it and games will not require it because its not packed in, that is great. I hated Lair so much with the sixaxis...

Michael Stevens
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I see why you might not want to bother, and I've felt pretty under served by Kinect software (which is dumb, because at least two of the X1 kinect titles from this morning were originally announced as 360 games.) but if it's in the box someone will do something worthwhile with it. If a majority of gamers have it then there will finally be sufficient reason for developers to find a real use for it, and I think that will probably (finally) be interesting in a way that I don't want to miss out on.

Bob Allen
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The optional Eye pretty much guarantees the death of the Playstation Move since it was never popular enough on the PS3 to warrant new development of third party software.

Jonathan Gilmore
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Agreed, tehy are basically charging the same but not forcing you to buy a motion sensing peripheral. Considering how little has been done with Kinect so far (and Move) a lot of people will be happy to not have to pay for it.

Also, Sony was able to capitalize on a lot of free goodwill since MS's decisions and PR have been atrocious lately. We'll see if anything changes. It's too early to pronounce the third console DOA at its debut (as was done for the XBOX and XBOX 360) but MS has to do a lot to come out of the gate this holiday even with Sony. It looks like they are far behind right now in terms of public perception (see stock price).

Jeremy Parsons
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If by "Hd size" you mean hard drive, it's 500 gigs.

http://scei.co.jp/corporate/release/pdf/130611a_e.pdf

Jason Chen
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here is my $$$$ take it!

John Andersen
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Even though some people are a little peeved about online game play requiring a Playstation Plus subscription, Sony is going to need that money from players for server upkeep and expansion. I hope their servers are prepared for Christmas morning later this year - they may want to avoid the headaches that Microsoft experienced with Xbox Live outages during Christmas of 2007.

Gil Salvado
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Gosh, I laughed so hard when I read the pricing. 100$ less, that will sound like a steal to many compared to the Xbox One.

But I got to say, I don't really favor the PS4 design, if at all I just prefer it.

Peter Wysoczanski
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any speculation on how much money Sony is losing per console? That price is pretty outstanding considering whats inside.

Vytautas Katarzis
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I think ditching backwards compatibility is somewhat weird. I mean, your PC can play more PS1 and PS2 (and of course pretty much all other games on any console) than PS3, and since they are going for this "one device for multiple purposes" thing it's weird that they do not include ability to play older games. It's as if they are treating games like something that is consumed and then goes away forever.

What happens if player really likes "Insert franchise name" 4, but previous games exist only on older consoles? Is he supposed to buy yet another device just to play that? Well, there always exists the alternative to stay on PC and play whatever game you want I guess (assuming that it isn't console exclusive).

John Flush
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I took think it is odd that powerhouses like Sony, MS, and even Nintendo, haven't just gone to the emulator designers and made it a legit business unit they pack in with the next console. Guess there isn't enough ROI?

Carlo Delallana
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Additional costs associated with QA are definitely a factor in not supporting backwards compatibility.

Brandon Maynes
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I loved the video on how to trade games with friends. Epic. Microsoft is screwed.

Kevin Fishburne
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As much hatred as Sony has engendered of late, I'm pleasantly surprised to realize that in nearly every way they've managed to abandon their mistakes and produce what appears to be an excellent next generation ecosystem for gamers and devs alike. I fear (deliciously so) that Microsoft has taken a first pitch high hard one and is behind in the count. Lesser evil aside, I'm encouraged by Sony's apparent support for the gamer and the indie dev. Just hope the hardware holds up and none too many underhanded tricks await us.


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