Sony unveils PlayStation 4 gaming console

PS4 console priced $100 lower than the Microsoft’s new Xbox system.

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Andrew House, CEO of Sony, unveiling the new PlayStation 4. Credit: Getty Images.

The Japanese electronics giant Sony Corporation has unveiled its PlayStation 4 (PS4), a day after Microsoft unveiled its Xbox all-in-one entertainment system.

The new PS4 will be available in jet black colour in the US and Europe for $399 and €399 respectively by the end of 2013, and will join Nintendo’s Wii U that failed to attract customers in the recent past.

The PS4 features a simple but modern design accentuated by its linear flat form factors. The surface of the PS4 body is subdivided into four sections, with disc slot, buttons, power indicator and vent placed within the slim interspace created between the sections.

Sony’s PS4 launch could begin price battle in gaming console area as PS4 is priced $100 lower than the Microsoft’s new Xbox system.

PS4 peripherals include the stand-alone Wireless Controller for PlayStation4 (DUALSHOCK4) and PlayStationCamera.

Meanwhile, Microsoft said that its new Xbox One console will go for sale in 21 markets starting November 2013 and will feature a 500Gb hard drive, a Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi, one Xbox One wireless controller and a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members. It will be available for $499 in the US, £429 in the UK, and €499 in Europe.

In addition, Microsoft has also unveiled a redesigned Xbox 360, which is immediately available.

Marc Whitten, head of Xbox Live, told the Financial Times, that he was very optimistic about holiday sales of the Xbox One and the 360 in the market. “It’s really great to have this family that we can present to customers,” he added.