This is the PlayStation 4

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The highlight of Sony’s press conference at E3 2013 was its unveiling of the PlayStation 4 console – and it’s price.

At $399 (around R4 000 when directly converted) the PS4 undercuts Microsoft’s Xbox One by a crucial $100. That’s not all, though. Sony representative, Jack Tretton, went up on stage and pointed out the direct differences between his company’s console and Microsoft’s DRM-beleaguered monolith.

The PS4 is slimmer. It packs in more hardware – 25% more outright graphics power. It is cheaper. It will support used games. It won’t have any restrictive DRM. Sony gets it – this just has to be a box for games. As The Verge pointed out, all Sony had to do was show up, mention those things, drop the mic, and walk off stage.

Unfortunately, Sony was light on info about the console’s shipping date, saying only that it will land this Holiday season. We will get confirmation from Ster Kinekor, the PlayStation distributor in South Africa, about local availability and update, soon.

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Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.