A Sacramento resident picks up his pre-ordered PlayStation 4 from the Natomas Best Buy.
Hundreds of Sacramento gamers line up at midnight to claim the latest in video game technology, the PlayStation 4 from Sony, at a number of retailers around the region including Fry's Electronics, GameStop, and Best Buy.
"I'm excited. I'm not going to sleep tonight," said one shopper in passing.
At the Best Buy in Natomas, things were very streamlined. Those who pre-ordered the console were allowed in at 10pm Thursday night to pay for their system in full. They then returned to the store shortly before midnight to pick up their units. Once the clock struck twelve, it took mere minutes for the store's pre-odered inventory to empty out. Many of those purchases included games like FIFA 14 and Knack.
"It's gonna be keeping me busy for the next three or four months," said Ed Kwong, who bought Call of Duty: Ghosts for his PS4.
As a console, the PS4 enables game developers to realize their creative vision on a platform specifically tuned to their needs, making it easier to build huge, interactive worlds in smooth 1080p HD resolution. The unit features an eight-core AMD CPU, 8GB of DDR5 RAM, and a high-end ATI GPU. It launched with a library of roughly 20 games with another 180-plus currently in development.
"Today's launch of PS4 represents a milestone for all of us at PlayStation, our partners in the industry, and, most importantly, all of the PlayStation fans who live and breathe gaming every day," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "With unprecedented power, deep social capabilities, and unique second screen features, PS4 demonstrates our unwavering commitment to delivering phenomenal play experiences that will shape the world of games for years to come."
In addition to its gaming features, the PS4 offers a generous portfolio of entertainment apps that provide access to movies and television shows, unique specialized content, and live sports programming.
Sony's PlayStation 4 retails for $399, which is $100 more than Nintendo's Wii U and $100 less than Microsoft's soon-to-launch Xbox One.