Sony unveils PS4

ps4Sony has unveiled the PlayStation 4, its first new console in seven years, taking the battle to Microsoft with a lower-priced machine, original content and fresh titles.

The PS4 will retail at $399 in the US (and £349 in the UK) – 20 per cent less than Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony executives revealed at the E3 in Los Angeles. The machine allows unlimited used-game sales and doesn’t require an Internet connection, a contrast to two unpopular Microsoft Xbox One features.

Sony US CEO Michael Lynton confirmed that Sony will bring original programming to the PlayStation Network and PlayStation 4. Additionally, Sony’s Video Unlimited service will be available from day one on PS4, with a catalogue of 150,000 movies and TV shows available to rent.

The device will also feature the usual suspects of movie services like Netflix and Redbox Instant from Verizon, as well as programming tailored specifically to gamers.

Sony didn’t confirm a release date for the Playstation 4, but said it would be available “before the end of 2013”.

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