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Sony PS4 UK price and console design revealed, undercuts Xbox One

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Sony has finally unveiled the PS4 design and the price is right too

The Sony PS4 will cost UK gamers £349 when it goes on sale later this year, which is £80 less expensive than the Xbox One UK price, announced earlier on Monday at E3.

The next-gen console, the design of which was finally showcased to a positive reaction from the pro-Sony crowd, will also place no restrictions on used game sales and will not require gamers to regularly check-in online to authenticate their identities.

Those announcements drew the biggest cheers of the day from EA attendees in Los Angeles and came as a direct response to Microsoft's controversial decision to attach DRM licenses to games that will restrict owners ability to lend and trade games, as well as use their ability to use the console without an internet connection.

SCEA CEO Jack Tretton said the the PS4 will continue to let gamers trade-in, sell to another person, lend to friends, or keep for themselves and affirmed that the company "believes in the model that gamers embrace today."

With regards to the spectre of constant online connectivity, Sony took some big shots at Microsoft by announcing that gamers will never need to connect to the internet in order to play local, disc-based games.

Tretton said: "You don’t need to be connected or need any type of authentication. We won't require periodic online check-ins and the console won't stop working if you haven't authenticated within 24 hours."

Naturally, the announcements were huge crowd pleasers, but could be hugely significant in deciding which of the Big Two wins the next-gen console war.

Another major announcement was the reveal of the console's design, which Sony was widely mocked for skipping during its initial press event in February.

The new console is exceptionally sleek and slim compared to the gargantuan first PlayStation 3 design. It has a two-tone colour scheme, a slightly slanted, angular body and is designed to stand upright or lay flat.

One thing Sony didn't announce during the two-hour address was a concrete release date for new console. Microsoft said the Xbox One will arrive in 21 countries in November but Sony has no far not shifted from it's Holiday 2013 release window.

Another point worth making is that PS Plus subscriptions, will now be paid only, if gamers will to enjoy online multi-player action over the PSN.

That seems like a minor point at the moment though, as, with the design, cost and retention of the status quo in relation to online connectivity and used games, Sony has taken a giant leap towards winning the hearts of gamers excited for the next-gen era.

Dat Kid

June 11, 2013, 8:18 am

Rip Xbox One and PS4. PC FTW!

Jay Darko

June 11, 2013, 9:27 am

Fantastic news! How d'ya like them apples, Micro$oft?

John Breeze

June 11, 2013, 10:49 am

Such a shame Microsoft, but I won't be purchasing the PS4 either, I'll stick with my 360 for now.

Alec Foster

June 11, 2013, 12:19 pm

I'm afraid Sony has scored both a hardware win and the public vote with their announcement regarding used games/online.

I do wonder if Sony deliberately made this announcement as a result of the brouhaha surrounding the Xbone and whether it might have been different if MS had not shown their hand; I guess we'll never know.

MidianNightbreed

June 11, 2013, 1:00 pm

Fantastic news - well done Sony. That was brave, considering all the doom-mongers were saying that they'd have to follow suit or lose all the exclusives to Microsoft. PS4 and Wii U for me, this generation.

Spike Black

June 11, 2013, 1:02 pm

I'll wait for the first round of production of the PS4 to see how reliable it is before buying one but I've already decided I'm not getting an Xbox One.
Partly because of the DRM, the always connected camera, the 3 operating systems and the non changeable hard drive but also because PS4 has all the games I'm likely to buy. Of the two series on Xbox that I love - GoW and Halo, the first has ended and the other has been taken over by 343 and wasn't as good as Bungies efforts.
The only sticking point being the cost of the PSN account for online gaming which I rarely do other than on PC. If it's £10 a month then it's the same as MS, £20 - £30 per year and I'd probably jump at it.
The interesting thing will be if they allow true multiplayer on games that are designed for it - mmo's for instance without a PSN account.

Alex Walsh

June 11, 2013, 1:58 pm

Xbox One comes with a mandatory Kinect 2. PS4 has an optional Eye Toy, with less functionality, for $69. Price difference is not that huge.

ThemApples

June 11, 2013, 2:28 pm

...no, maybe not, but the option to play 2nd hand games without paying extra fees will save you a lot of money on the long run. M$ shot themselves in the foot with that garbage attitude. Also, you don't have to be connected to the great world wide web just to play games.

Alex Walsh

June 11, 2013, 3:03 pm

True for a lot of people. However limits have already starting coming in independently from publishers via one use codes printed on the manual to deter the 2nd hand market. Personally I've not bought a 2nd hand game since I had a PS2 and my PS3 and Xbox 360 sit next to my router. It's less of an issue for me. Considering places like GAME charge a fiver less for 2nd hand games over new, whilst giving about 50% of value on trade-ins, I can't really see the fuss myself.

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