Yep.. the PS4 was announced last night with full features, specs and pricing along with it. Well we knew about the PS4, but now we know what it looks like and we know it’s only going to cost $399, which is about $100 cheaper than the Xbox One! I know which one I’m getting that’s for sure, then I think I already decided once I learned more about the Xbox One and how limiting it is. So start saving your money now and read on for the official PS4 press release… Correction there I actually all the PS4 press info in one post for you instead of making several separate posts, we’ll start off with all about the PS4 and then go on from there.
PlayStation®4 (PS4™) Design and Price Unveiled, Available at $ 399 In U.S. and at € 399 in Europe
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) (CUH-1000A series) computer entertainment system will come in "Jet Black" color and will be available this holiday season in North America and Europe at a recommended retail price (RRP) of US$ 399, Canada$ 399, € 399, and £ 349.
The design of PS4 made its public debut at the PlayStation® press conference on June 10, 2013, which kicked off the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. PS4 will also be displayed this week at the Sony Computer Entertainment America booth at E3, one of the world’s largest video game exhibitions.
The internal design architecture of the PS4 system, from the optical drive and power supply unit to the cooling mechanism, has been pursed to keep the body as slim and light as possible to dramatically enhance the flexibility of the design.
The PS4 features a simple but modern design accentuated by its linear flat form factors. The surface of the PS4 body is subdivided into four sections, as if four blocks are stacked together making one figure, with disc slot, buttons, power indicator and vent placed within the slim interspace created between the sections. The power indicator designed atop the body will glow in a PlayStation blue color when the power button is turned on. The foreside and backside of the body is slightly angled; it not only gives users easy access to the power button and disc slot when placed either horizontally or vertically but also helps conceal the connected cables. The black-themed color along with the matte and gloss finish adds a sophisticated look to the PS4 system as the next generation entertainment system and will fit perfectly wherever it is placed.
PS4 peripherals include the stand-alone Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 (DUALSHOCK®4) and PlayStation®Camera, which will be available at launch for RRP of US$ 59, Canada$ 59, € 59 and £ 54, and US$ 59, Canada$ 59, € 49 and £ 44 respectively. Both accessories will come in "Jet Black" color.
The upcoming software lineup for PS4 from software developers and publishers will include Destiny™ from Bungie, Inc., in partnership with Activision Publishers, Inc., Diablo® III from Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.,KINGDOM HEARTS III and FINAL FANTASY® XV from SQUARE ENIX, Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag™ and Watch_Dogs™ from Ubisoft Entertainment, NBA® 2K14 from 2K Sports, The Elder Scrolls® Online from Bethesda Games Studios and Mad Max ™ from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, totaling more than 110 titles. PS4 has earned great support from a wide variety of game publishers, including many indie developers. Since February 2013, the number of developers joining has increased from 126 to 505.
Furthermore, from SCE Worldwide Studios, more than 30 titles, including 12 brand new IP, are under development, including Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, inFAMOUS: Second Son, #DRIVECLUB and The Order: 1886.*1 Out of over the 30 titles under development, 20 titles will be available within a year from the PS4 launch.
SCE will vigorously promote PS4 towards the launch as the next generation computer entertainment platform through further introduction of peripherals and attractive software lineup.
*1 Game titles are original titles and some title names are tentative. Titles may differ by countries and regions.
Sony Computer Entertainment To Deliver Comprehensive Entertainment Experience Through Combination Of PlayStation®4 And PlayStation®Network
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that it will deliver new powerful online gaming experiences and enhanced social connectivity that brings gamers together, through PlayStation®4 (PS4™) and various network services, including PlayStation®Network. As part of this initiative, SCE will enhance the PlayStation®Plus membership service concurrently with the 2013 holiday launch of PS4™ in each region. Furthermore, PS4™ users will have access to a wide variety of streaming and social network services.
The PS Plus service first launched for the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) system in 2010 and for the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) system in 2012. Since then, PS Plus has gained great support from members all around the world, and the number of subscribers has continued to steadily increase since the launch of service. PS Plus offers various services such as exclusive game discounts, cloud game saves and "Instant Game Collection" by which members are able to play the full version of popular titles from third party developers and publishers as well as from SCE Worldwide Studios, with no limit of time at no extra cost.
To accelerate the enhancement of PS Plus, available concurrently with the launch of PS4™, SCE will offer the #DRIVECLUB PS Plus Edition to PS Plus members which delivers all the authenticity and immersion users would expect from the full #DRIVECLUB experience. Users can drive the world’s most beautifully designed cars from different classes across a range of the most richly detailed real-world locations, alongside your teammates in Clubs where experience and rewards are shared. More and more attractive software titles will be added to "Instant Game Collection".
Other main features PS Plus members can enjoy on PS4™ include;
- Online Multi Player
Users will have access to online play with other players via the network. Online Multi Play mode for PS4™, with its socially integrated services, offers unique features only available on the system such as allowing users to seamlessly start playing game and join their online friends while spectating gameplay or enjoying cross game voice chat.
- Automatic Patch Download
"Automatic patch download" feature will be further enhanced for the PS4™ system. The system will check for any game updates more frequently and will also automatically install the updates. With this feature, games will always be up-to-date, allowing users to play games immediately whenever they wish to play.
- Cross-Platform PS Plus membership
One PS Plus membership accounts for PS4™, PS3, and PS Vita. PS Plus service is cross-platform and is available on most PlayStation platforms; PS3® and PS Vita users with existing PS Plus memberships will be able to access the PS Plus service on PS4™ and those newly joined members for PS4™ will be able to enjoy PS Plus service on PS3® and PS Vita.
SCE will continue to focus on further enhancing the PS Plus service. As part of this initiative, SCE will add new subscription options for 90 days in Japan (1,300 yen) and 30 days in North America and Europe($9.99 / €6.99).
Along with exclusive game content and services, PS Plus will offer members a variety of privileges and discounts. With the collaboration of Sony Network Entertainment International, starting today and for a limited time*1, PS Plus members in 16 countries*2 can subscribe to a one year Premium subscription of Music Unlimited*3 for only $41.99 (€41.99) – 65 percent off of the regular 12 month rate. Also, for limited time*1, consumers who do not have a PS Plus membership can take advantage of a discounted Music Unlimited service annual Premium subscription plan for $59.99 (€59.99) *4. PS4™ at launch will not only support Music Unlimited but also Video Unlimited*5.
Furthermore, in terms of social integration, PS4™ will support variety of major SNS, including Facebook, Ustream, and Twitter, allowing users to easily communicate and share game play with their online friends. PS4™ will be the ultimate entertainment platform, delivering rich gaming and unrivalled entertainment experience.
Additionally, as of today, SCE will modify the PlayStation Network service name to a more simple and friendly name "PSNSM," and will introduce a new logo for "PSNSM" and PS Plus.
SCE will continuously enrich services and the feature of "PSNSM", while striving to offer more stable and robust gaming environment to further expand PlayStation platform.
*1 The offer will be closed as soon as it reaches a certain number.
*2 Includes US, Canada, Mexico, UK, France, Denmark, Belgium, Netherland, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Norway. The promotion is not available in Japan, Italy and Brazil.
*3 Offered by Sony Corporation. Details of Music Unlimited can be found at the below link: http://www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/music-unlimited/why-music-unlimited/
*4 Offer not available in Italy and Japan.
*5 Offered by Sony Corporation. Details of Video Unlimited can be found at the below link: http://www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/video-unlimited/.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Unveils PlayStation®4 System, Showcases Blockbuster Content For PlayStation® Platforms At The 2013 E3 Media & Business Summit
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today unveiled the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) hardware design at its annual E3 Media & Business Summit press conference, where the company also announced its next-generation platform will launch in the United States for $399 (MSRP) this holiday season. In addition, SCEA showcased an extensive line-up of exclusive first and third party content for PS4, PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) and PlayStation®3 (PS3™) systems, and a next-generation PlayStation®Plus (PS Plus) membership program.
"We are proud to unveil today the most advanced gaming system ever created, PlayStation 4, which demonstrates everything PlayStation stands for — a relentless focus on the gamer, an inspired community of developers equipped with the most powerful technology, and the long-standing legacy to building worlds without boundaries through one-of-a-kind gaming experiences," said Jack Tretton, President and CEO of SCEA. "What’s equally exciting for us, however, is transforming the PlayStation ecosystem into a stronger, more vibrant destination that enables gamers to engage, share, play, and connect on their terms."
With a sleek, modern, and elegant look, the overall design of the PS4 system reflects the powerful yet accessible architecture of the system, which will inspire developers to unleash their imaginations and create the next generation of gaming experiences that were never before possible.
SCE World Wide Studios (SCE WWS) is currently developing more than 30 PS4 exclusive titles, 20 of them, including 12 new IPs, are planned to release within a year of the launch of the PS4 system. This demonstrates PlayStation’s focus on delivering original, creative content to gamers that will define next-generation gaming experiences. SCE WWS President Shuhei Yoshida provided an update on PS4 exclusive titles, #DRIVECLUB™, Killzone™ Shadow Fall, KNACK™, which will be available at launch, and inFAMOUS Second Son™, available first quarter 2014. He also unveiled SCEA’s next blockbuster title, The Order: 1886™, from acclaimed studio Ready at Dawn.
Furthering PlayStation’s commitment to finding unique games for its fans by working with independent and small developers, SCEA Vice President of Developer and Publisher Relations Adam Boyes introduced a stellar lineup of titles that will be making their console debut on the PS4 system, including: Transistor by Super Giant, Don’t Starve by Klei Entertainment, Mercenary Kings by Tribute Games, Octodad: Deadliest Catch by Young Horses, Secret Ponchos by SwitchBlade Monkeys, Outlast by Red Barrels, Oddworld: New N Tasty by Oddworld Inhabitants and Galak-Z by 17-bit. Boyes also unveiled blockbuster content from key publishing partners, including KINGDOM HEARTS III and FINAL FANTASY® XV from SQUARE ENIX, Ubisoft Entertainment, Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag™ and Watch_ Dogs™, 2K Sports’sNBA® 2K14, Bethesda Game Studios’ The Elder Scrolls® Online, and the world exclusive unveil of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Mad Max™. Bungie, one of the most celebrated developers in the industry, was also on stage to introduce the world gameplay premiere of Destiny™. SCEA announced a long-term exclusive partnership with Bungie and Activision that will ensure that the PS4 ecosystem evolves and grows with the incredible Destiny world.
SCEA also unveiled new details for PS Plus, built to bring games and gamers together and fuel the next generation of gaming on the PS4 system. With a single PS Plus membership, gamers will enjoy all of the program benefits across the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita systems.
PS Plus benefits include exclusive game discounts, cloud game saves, early access to beta programs and content, and access to the Instant Game Collection.
The Instant Game Collection, which provides PS Plus members immediate access to a library of games — including blockbuster hits, innovative indie games, and classic titles — will extend to gamers on the PS4 system along with online gameplay, ensuring that gamers always have a selection of games to discover and enjoy with other members of the PS Plus community.
To celebrate the support of PS Plus on the PS4 system, SCEA will offer the #DRIVECLUB PS Plus Edition to PS Plus members which delivers all the authenticity and immersion users would expect from the full #DRIVECLUB experience, in the Instant Game Collection. In addition, one digital title will be rotated each month, including three of the new digital games introduced during the PlayStation E3 press conference, Don’t Starve, Outlast, and Secret Ponchos. These three titles will be available at no extra cost via the Instant Game Collection during the first year following the launch of the PS4 system. PS Plus members will be able to enjoy a variety of other amazing PS4 titles, while enjoying new ways to share their experiences with friends via online multiplayer, broadcasting and spectating games, cross-game voice chat, and the ability to seamlessly join a friend’s online game.
PS Plus membership can be purchased through PlayStation®Store and is available as a one-year membership for $49.99, a three-month membership for $17.99, and a new a one-month membership option for $9.99*.
SCEA also announced that PlayStation’s cloud gaming services will be available in 2014 beginning in the United States. The cloud gaming services will provide gamers on the PS4 and PS3 systems, followed by gamers on the PS Vita system, with immediate access to a catalog of critically acclaimed PS3 titles. These games will be streamed using Gaikai’s proprietary network technology to deliver amazing gameplay that is fast and responsive.
Since its North American launch last February, the PS Vita system has delivered the best and most immersive digital games that truly engage players wherever they are. With a vibrant 5-inch touchscreen, dual analog sticks and all new ways to play, the PS Vita system is the most powerful portable entertainment system ever created. More than 85 additional titles are slated to launch for the PS Vita system by the end of 2013, expanding the current library of more than 125 PS Vita-dedicated games and more than 400 classic titles from the PSP and PS one Classics catalogs.
Featured titles mentioned at the press conference include Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, CounterSpy™, Destiny of Spirits™, Doki Doki Universe™, Killzone™: Mercenary and Tearaway™. In addition, SCEA announced that God of War HD 1 and 2, Flower™, and Dead Nation™ from SCE WWS, as well as Square Enix’s FINAL FANTASY X and X-2 and Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead are coming soon to the platform.
The Walking Dead on PS Vita will feature a new control scheme that gives players the option to use the dual analog sticks and buttons or touch controls unique to the platform. To celebrate the title’s debut on PS Vita, SCEA will offer a limited-edition bundle that includes a 3G/Wi-Fi PS Vita, the complete first season of The Walking Dead game series (including the newly announced Season One episode, 400 Days) and great bonus content.
Now in its seventh year, the PS3 system continues to experience tremendous momentum, while delivering more entertainment value to consumers than ever before. The PS3 system will offer the industry’s deepest lineup of blockbuster titles, unique indie games, and exclusive "only on" PlayStation content this year, including Puppeteer™, Rain™, Gran Turismo® 6, BEYOND: Two Souls™, The Last of Us™, Batman: Arkham Origins and Grand Theft Auto V.
* Not available as of June 10 th, 2013.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) has revolutionized home entertainment since the first PlayStation® system launched in 1995 in the United States, followed by the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system launch in 2000. SCEA continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with the PlayStation®Portable (PSP™) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system, which established PlayStation® as a core home entertainment brand, PlayStation®Network (PSNSM), an online gaming platform that includes PlayStation®Store, the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system and the soon to be launched PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. SCEA also recently launched PlayStation®Mobile, a cross device mobile platform using Android based PlayStation™Certified devices. Recognized as an undisputed industry leader, SCEA markets the PlayStation® family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for PSP, PS3 and PS Vita systems in North and South America. Based in San Mateo, California, SCEA serves as headquarters for all North and South American operations.
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