After their PlayStation event in February, which showcased the new DualShock 4 controller while glazing the PlayStation 4’s main features without going in-depth or showing any images of it, Sony finally took the wraps off everything about the PlayStation 4 in their second PlayStation event today.
First and foremost, the prices: the PlayStation 4 will be available ‘this holiday’ 2013 for 399 dollars both in the US and in Canada (in USD and CAD respectively of course), 399 Euro and £349 in the UK. The PlayStation 4 will include a bundled DualShock 4 controller, a mono headset, power cord, HDMI and USB cables. Additional DualShock 4 controllers can be purchased for $59 (US and Canada), 59 Euro or £54 each.
The PlayStation 4 itself has been revealed to be the square device shown in the picture above. When placed vertically, it’s meant to look like it is made of 4 separate building blocks. On the inside, there’s that custom AMD APU which was jointly made with Sony’s needs in mind (it will have an 8 core AMD Jaguar CPU with an AMD Radeon graphics card sporting 1.84 teraflops of processing power), 8 GB of shared GDDR5 memory, Blu-ray/DVD drive that is read-only and each PlayStation 4 will come with a 500 GB hard disk drive standard.
The PlayStation 4’s dimensions are 305 x 275 x 53 mm (12.0 x 10.8 x 2.1 inches), which is surprisingly compact and about the size of a chunky workstation/gaming laptop. Its weight will be 2.8 kg, a little over 6 pounds, which isn’t anything backbreaking.
An optional PlayStation Camera will be available which is a wired accessory that has dual 1 megapixel cameras with f2.0 fixed focus lenses and 4 channel microphones. It will be available for $59 in US and Canada, 49 Euros or 44 GBP.
Sony also notes in a PS4 press release that the upcoming software/games lineup for the PlayStation 4 currently stands at ‘more than 110 titles’.