PlayStation 4 UK price and release date confirmed

20 Aug 2013

Update 20.08.13

Sony has confirmed the official release date of the PS4 as November 15th in the US and November 29th in Europe, at the previously announced price of £349.

The news came at the Gamescom conference in Cologne. Sony Computer Entertainment President and CEO Andrew House also revealed that, worldwide, more than a million PlayStation 4 consoles have already been pre-ordered.

Other announcements this evening included the fact that Music Unlimited through PS4 gets a new interface for quicker access to artists and tracks.

You'll also be able to listen to music in the background while playing games and control playback through the DualShock controller. And the cross play feature, which lets you start a game on your living room PlayStation 4 and then continue it on a PS Vita via wi-fi, will be available on "nearly all" the console's titles.

Sony will be entering broadband partnerships with specific providers, including Virgin Media – offering tailored gaming packages of up to 200Mbps, including dedicated parts of the broadband 'pipe' for gamers to use.

In other news, the Sony PS3 and PS Vita both get a price cut to €199 (no confirmation of a UK price as yet).

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Published 11.06.13

Sony has confirmed the PlayStation 4 will go on sale later this year for £349 - £80 cheaper than the new Xbox One.

Sony also finally revealed the design of the new PlayStation 4, after a press conference back in February showed-off only basic PS4 specs and a hint of the release date. 

However, while Microsoft confirmed a more concrete release date for the Xbox One, Sony continued to keep it vague, merely confirming the PS4 would be out in time for the 'holidays', i.e. this Christmas.

Having undercut the Xbox One price, Sony also took a swipe at Microsoft by confirming there would be no DRM restrictions on PS4 games - Xbox One games by contrast look set to be restricted in terms of your ability to share and sell second-hand games.

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The PS4 will also not require that you connect to the internet to authenticate games - the Xbox One demands you connect once every 24 hours to play games.

Sony announced 140 PS4 games were in development, with around 100 set to launch in the PlayStation 4's first year.

The E3 games expo in Los Angeles tends to focus on new games but this year both Microsoft and Sony have announced new, next-gen consoles, with both the new Xbox One and PS4 looking to be complete home entertainment solutions not just games consoles.

Earlier at E3 Microsoft revealed more games for the new Xbox One, a price tag of £429 in the UK and confirmed it would launch in November.

That price does also include Microsoft's Kinect motion controller. A new Xbox 360 was also announced, which goes on sale immediately.

The Xbox One will be the first Xbox to include a Blu-ray drive for games and movies, and will also support 3D and 4K.

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by Joe Cox

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Psst all you Xbox One haters: Sony has been lying to you. So secondhand games on the PS4 are unrestricted right? NO! Just read that, like the X1, it will allow publishers to place any restrictions they desire on secondhand games. So sorry, no free lunch for you as well.

At least Microsoft didn't hide anything from the public. This is downright deception on Sony's part.

Nice expensive door wedge Smile

Ill wait for a while until the price comes down & they hopefully bring out a decent F1 game. The recent incarnations have been woefully poor for F1 controllability from Codemasters unless you spend triple the amount of the console on a chair & wheel set up of course.

If you look at the Ubisoft live stream, pretty much all the AAA titles were being demoed on the PS4, and there were some really nice looking titles there. I wonder if sony are charging Microsoft a fortune to include Blu-Ray and that bumping up the price Wink

for £44 I don't want the eye thing. 

The fact the Hard-drive is upgradeable is great...

 

Paying for multiplayer is a pain - but at least the £5 a month covers you for all 3 devices
(ps3,ps4,vita) and you get the free games for each as well

The new eye is £44. The standard controller works as the motion sensor.

The PS4 has a 500GB upgradeable hd

I thought ps4 won the conference with their policies. They took the stance of standing up for the litte guys(gamers). And the price difference was big...but it sucks you have to pay for online too now...(woulda preferred the current model of free online/ £40 ps+)

 

I do feel xbox showed the more interesting exclusives though...

 

I wouldn't start comparing specs until all the cards are on the table though.

ps4 has 85% of my vote with their policies.

 

Does anyone know if the £349 includes the playstation eye? I don't think I would want the thing but...I just wanna know if it's included

Aother problem with the Xbox One for me which will affect performance is the focus on tv services and all the other filler on it which will rob it of memory, all I want is a games console. I've got a Tivo box for watching and recording  tv, i've got multiple devices for social networks and internet browsing etc and I'm not at all interested in Kinect.

The two conferences were miles apart too, bumbling Microsoft with their robotic presenters and the epic fail with streaming the event, a few games launches without sound and the Battlefield 4 launch that couldn't have gone much worse lol. Sony was the polar opposite and had a good few stabs at Microsoft along the way.

The media is reporting a win for Sony at E3 so far but I think it's the games that will sell the consoles more than any generation before as there is no real revolution like we have seen before. PS4 for me at launch for sure, love the design too.

After reading that AnotherJoe then the PS4 should stand out more as a gaming machine (which is a good thing because thats what we want!) So there will always be a place under my TV for it 

People, even though they've been published, it seems none of you know the Xbox One facts, so here they are officially:

 

1. Gaming will require a once-every-24hrs login. So practically an always on connection.

2. Microsoft itself will not charge any fees for secondhand games, but its built-in DRM system will allow publishers to charge, or even decide on enabling the selling of games.

3. This is not official but it may as well be; due to the extremely tight integration of Kinect to the console, don't hold your breath for a version without one. Get over it, or get a PS4, as simple as that. Personally I don't mind as, if for nothing else, I can use it for Skype.

Yes 50% more powerful.

The Xbox One can knock out 1.2Teraflops, whilst the PS4 can knock out 1.8Teraflops, both using AMDs GCN architecture

 

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6972/xbox-one-hardware-compared-to-playstation-4/2

 

The GPU is 50% more powerful? the 8gb DDR5 will not all be for the GPU, they will need a good 4gb for CPU

No one seems to know, for example the Xbox one could ( and i say could ) use 2gb for cpu as it has the added momery attached to its cpu and 6gb for the gpu (for example)

We really need to wait for both machines to be released before a breakdown on who has got better graphics 

It did look good though i cannot say its looks better than Xbox One at this point, video clips of footage are never a good comparison 

But for me the massive price difference will be enough for me to purchase the PS4

 

 

 

The PS4s Gpu is 50% more powerful than the Xbox - and you could see the difference last night with some of the effects on the PS4 demos. Sure Xbox includes Kinect and that'll be handy for the next version of Just Dance, but making it a mandatory part of the system is just plain daft.

 

No restictions on used games, no mandatory internet connection, and games are not region locked.

 

Sony were very slick and made Microsoft look rather silly 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWSIFh8ICaA

People are still going on about the Xbox One restricting the second hand game market but its never been comfirmed, its a game of chinese whispers 

Though regardless of that is this the official design of the PS4? 

When you think about the pricing of the 2 consoles you would be gatting a little more with the Xbox one for the money but the £80 difference would swing me in purchasing a PS4 as all i want is a games console, i think Microsoft are going to be stupid and costly  to wait till later to sell the Xbox One at a later date without the Kinect