Sony launched the latest salvo in its ongoing rivalry with Microsoft with the launch of the PlayStation 4, the first of a new generation of consoles. At an event held in the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York's Manhattan Center, Sony revealed that the PlayStation 4 would go on sale this Christmas. It refused to set a price, or even show the console itself but it is unlikely to cost much less than £300. You can now pre-order the console at GAME stores or on their website. All you need is a £300 deposit.
Destined for store shelves this holiday season, the new system will include a predictable boost in graphics horsepower, an evolved controller, new social-sharing features, streaming capabilities, and extensive connectivity with the existing PlayStation Vita. Like the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation 4 will use hardware adapted from computers, including eight processors on a single die and 8GB of RAM, to offer cutting-edge graphics. Like a PC, gamers will also be able to put the system into standby to resume more quickly when they power it back up.