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Saturday, October 19, 2013
The PS4 is one of the most hotly-anticipated new consoles of the year - the PlayStation 3 came out seven years ago in 2006.
But when is it available? What will you be able to play when it comes out? What's different about it?
Fear not, we can answer all of your PS4-related questions.
When can I buy the PS4?
Pre-order sales for the PS4 are open now - although lots of retailers have closed pre-orders due to fears of running out of consoles before Christmas.
The UK release date for the PlayStation 4 is November 29, and it will go on sale at midnight at stores across the country.
Seth Barton of technology website Expert Reviews said: "If you've got a PS4 pre-order you will definitely get one for Christmas, but if you haven't then that boat has sailed and you haven't got a hope of getting one.
"It's quite possible the console will sell out before Christmas and you won't be able to get it."
How much will it cost?
It will cost £349 - £80 cheaper than the Xbox One from Microsoft.
Some retailers raised the pre-order price by £50, which was criticised by fans and retail authorities alike.
Are there any bundles available?
You can buy a copy of either Killzone: Shadow Fall with the basic console pack (which includes a single controller). Amazon are selling both of these packs for £389 - a saving of £10.
Alternatively, you can buy a bigger bundle which includes the console with two controllers, PS4 Camera and a copy of Killzone: Shadow Fall.
At Amazon's own prices these would cost £508 but are discounted here down to £449, a considerable saving of £59
What are the new features?
The PS4 has a single-chip x86 AMD "Jaguar" processor with 8 cores, and a Blu-ray/DVD optical drive.
It has an AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next engine GPU with 1152 shaders.
The console also has an impressive 8GB GDDR5 RAM, with 500GB of removable storage.
Sony provides the PS4 Dual Shock controller, which feature voice commands, Wi-Fi Internet connections, BluTooth, USB 3.0 ports, and HDMI ports.
What games are available for the new console?
There are over 150 games that have been announced for the PS4 - here is a list of some of the games that are exclusive to the PS4.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Infamous: Second Son
Killzone: Shadow Fall
The Order: 1886
Today, Sony revealed that PlayStation 4 will cost a staggering R$3,999 in Brazil when it launches this November (R$ is the symbol for the Brazilian Real, that country’s currency). Based on current exchange rates, that’s equivalent to $1,849.85 (or £1,355.32, or €1,146.65, or ¥180,894.39).
To put that cost into context, PlayStation 4 will launch in the US at $399.99, in the UK at £349, in mainland Europe at €399, and in Japan at ¥38,980. Indeed, in the United States specifically, PlayStation 4 is the cheapest PlayStation console yet when adjusted for inflation.
Retail games in Brazil will launch at R$179, which, equivalent to $82.80, doesn’t suffer from a similar cost spike.
PlayStation 3 launched in Brazil in 2010 at R$1,999, or $924.69, so a high price point isn't unprecedented. But PS4 seems to be bringing premium cost to a whole new level. Xbox One is launching in Brazil for $R2,199 – over a thousand US dollars – but still comes in far cheaper than PS4.