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PS4 Gets Priced at $399, Launching in Q4

E3 is now well under way in California and last night, Sony took to the stage to talk about the next generation of PlayStation, the PS4. Though the company shared quite a bit of information with us at its event back in February, Sony also saved a lot of stuff for E3 (including the console itself!), so there was plenty to talk about yesterday.

 

Thanks to the event in February, we know that the console packs an eight-core 64-bit x86 Jaguar CPU from AMD; a GPU with a unified array of 18 compute units, collectively capable of generating 1.84 Teraflops of processing power; 8GB of RAM; 802.11n WiFi; Bluetooth 2.1; and USB 3.0. Thanks to additional information released since yesterday, we now know that it also boasts an upgradeable 500GB hard drive. What's more, Sony last night revealed how much we'll have to pay to get our hands on the console as well as other details about the software and games for the PS4.

During last night's keynote, Sony confirmed that the PS4 will be priced at $399 when it launches later this year. If you're in Europe, you can expect to pay €399. For your money, you'll get the console itself as well as a controller and USB, HDMI and power cables. If you want the PlayStation Eye camera, you'll have to fork out an extra $59. Another DualShock controller will cost $59.

No word on a release just yet, but Sony is still saying Holiday 2013 for the U.S. and Europe so we'll keep you posted on that one. In the meantime, Sony has already opened up pre-orders for the console for those desperate to ensure they snag one as soon as possible.

  • icemunk
    Not bad. Kind of what I expected for the price. My PC is still faster... 1.84 teraflops for video is equivilent to a Radeon 7850. I'm sure they'll be able to squeeze some extra power out of it as well.
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  • redeemer
    I thought MS has a better showing @ E3, however no DRM on the PS4 is a big plus for many I am sure. As for me being a primarily PC gamers DRM is not a big deal, I will be buying both consoles for sure. Anyone else thinks the PS4 console looks atrocious?
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  • natoco
    My bet in Australia will be around $599-699 since they love ripping off the consumer over here, even though our dollar is close to parity with the US. For 499au I would actually be half interested in it. But my ps3 still plays movies so probably not.
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  • natoco
    My bet in Australia will be around $599-699 since they love ripping off the consumer over here, even though our dollar is close to parity with the US. For 499au I would actually be half interested in it. But my ps3 still plays movies so probably not.
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  • mapesdhs
    That means it'll be over 400 UKP in the UK. Still too much for a 'console' IMO.
    I didn't buy a PS3 because of the whacko pricing, looks like I'll skip this one
    aswell, stick with PC gaming and the (at least atm) freedom it offers.

    redeemer, actually I think the PS4 looks kinda cool, reminds me of Bladerunner,
    but then I'm an 80s guy, I don't like the whole curved/blobby styling that infests
    everything from hifi to shoes these days. :D

    Ian.

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  • sna
    10949919 said:
    My bet in Australia will be around $599-699 since they love ripping off the consumer over here, even though our dollar is close to parity with the US. For 499au I would actually be half interested in it. But my ps3 still plays movies so probably not.

    you are near Japan , get the Japanese version :P
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  • JJ1217
    10949836 said:
    Not bad. Kind of what I expected for the price. My PC is still faster... 1.84 teraflops for video is equivilent to a Radeon 7850. I'm sure they'll be able to squeeze some extra power out of it as well.

    Not only that, but games are also going to be console optimized. I'm sure we'll see 7950 performance out of the 7850 like graphics..

    And it uses GDDR5, and its cheaper. And its free online. And a big one, it has Kingdom Hearts Three under its belt. PS4 wins this one.
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  • JJ1217
    10949925 said:
    My bet in Australia will be around $599-699 since they love ripping off the consumer over here, even though our dollar is close to parity with the US. For 499au I would actually be half interested in it. But my ps3 still plays movies so probably not.

    Do you think they do it purposely? I live in Australia, its not like they want to do it purposely. In America and whatnot, retailers by in much larger bulk, getting discounts. Australian retailers have an even smaller market, and so the price eventually goes back to the customer. It pays to not be so ignorant, and instantly blame a retailer, who if you think about it, is barely making any money from selling it.

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  • JeanLuc
    Not so much extra power but programmers can code directly to the hardware making console ultra efficient Typically a PC is only able to take advantage of 60% of the potential performance because of the overhead from Windows and DirectX. Still in a couple of years time that 40% will be a distant memory as processes shrink and performance doubles.
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  • ddpruitt
    I have to admit I'm actually impressed for the specs and price this may be worth it. Better specs, lower price, supports used games, and no always on connection? I'm actually mulling over preordering one of these (PC still rules though).

    As the noobs say MS has been pawned.
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