E3 2013: Playstation 4 to Undercut Xbox One by $100

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As many as 140 titles are in the works for the next-gen console

Two things that gamers around the world were most interested in prior to the start of Sony’s E3 press conference were the PS4’s design and the next-gen console’s price. The Japanese company did not disappoint, revealing both and much more at the nearly three-hour event.

The design of the Playstation 4 can be best described as resembling a parallelogram with sharp edges and a two-tone matte/glossy color scheme . Just like its x86 innards, the latter is something that the PS4 shares with the Xbox One .

One reason the Playstation 3 was slow out of the blocks was the fact that it was heavily weighed down by its price tag, with the cheapest SKU costing $499 in the U.S at the time of its launch. But thanks to the presence of much less exotic innards this time, the price of the PS4 was expected to be a lot more reasonable. And Sony didn't disappoint on that front either, announcing that the console will cost $399 in the U.S. when it makes its debut during the holiday season later this year.

While not tiny, the PS4 does seem slightly smaller than the Xbox One

Its more affordable price tag is not the only thing that the PS3 has going for it. Interestingly, the moment that drew the biggest cheer during the event was when Sony, taking a dig at the Xbox One, made it amply clear that it has no intention of restricting the sale of used games or of requiring gamers to connect their consoles to the Internet every 24 hours.

The company also showcased a wide variety of titles at the event, with everything from indie games to the Bungie- and Activision-developed MMO Destiny being featured. Here’s an excerpt from a Sony Japan press release :

“The upcoming software lineup for PS4 from software developers and publishers will include Destiny from Bungie, Inc., in partnership with Activision Publishers, Inc., Diablo III from Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., KINGDOM HEARTS III and FINAL FANTASY XV from SQUARE ENIX, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and Watch_Dogs from Ubisoft Entertainment, NBA 2K14 from 2K Sports, The Elder Scrolls Online from Bethesda Games Studios and Mad Max from Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, totaling more than 110 titles.”

“Furthermore, from SCE Worldwide Studios, more than 30 titles, including 12 brand new IP, are under development, including Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, inFAMOUS: Second Son, #DRIVECLUB and The Order: 1886. Out of over the 30 titles under development, 20 titles will be available within a year from the PS4 launch.”

Until today, all Sony was willing to tell us about the upcoming console’s built-in hard drive was that it is “very large.” But we now know exactly how large. The 6-lb console packs a 500GB hard drive, according to the press release.

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