Sony's PlayStation 4 gaming console.
LOS ANGELES - Sony Computer Entertainment today unveiled the PlayStation 4 at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The gaming console will launch in the United States for $399 - a full $100 less than Microsoft's Xbox One - this holiday season. In addition, SCEA showcased an extensive line-up of exclusive first and third party content for PS4, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 3, and a next-generation PlayStation 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. Furthermore, Sony is doing the opposite of Microsoft's Xbox One by not trying to manipulate the secondary used game market nor requiring the console to be always online.
"Sony seized the opportunity to exploit the difference," commented analyst Michael Pachter. "And effectively all Jack [Tretton] said today was 'status quo'."
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. Benefits include exclusive game discounts, cloud game saves, early access to beta programs and content, and access to the Instant Game Collection.
As for Sony's seven-year-old PlayStation 3, the company says they're committed to providing the console with a deep lineup of blockbuster titles, unique indie games, and exclusive "only on" PlayStation content this year. These titles include Puppeteer, Rain, Gran Turismo 6, BEYOND: Two Souls, The Last of Us, and multiplats Batman: Arkham Origins, and Grand Theft Auto V.
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