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Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 video game console is three months away from showing up on the market, but it is already more successful than the PlayStation 3 was in its launch quarter. Pre-orders for the PS4 worldwide are higher than initial sales of the PS3 back in the fourth quarter of 2006. Everything points to the fact that despite of pressure from PC, smartphone and tablets, the launch of next-gen consoles will be triumphal.

Sony Computer Entertainment announced during its press conference at Gamescom trade-show in Cologne, Germany, that it had received as many as one million pre-orders on PlayStation 4 game console. Avind Bhatia, an analyst with Stern Agee, told Forbes web-site that Sony sold less than one million total PS3 units in Q4 2006, which was a fairly lackluster launch hampered by a crippling price point and the fact that the PS3 was launched one year later than its direct rival, Microsoft Xbox 360.

While pre-orders naturally reflect huge interest towards the PS4 system, there will certainly be loads of people looking forward to buy their units in retail. Earlier this year financial analysts estimated that 2.5 million PlayStation 4 units and 2.3 million Xbox One units are to be shipped in Q4 2013. In case the numbers turn to be true, then the launch of next-gen consoles will be triumphal as never before in history of gaming sales have been so high.

Still, record sales at launch do not necessarily guarantee long-term success as early adopters are usually so-called core gamers, who may own more than one console and buy loads of games. Amateur and casual gamers may delay their purchases until systems get more affordable, or even skip consoles as other devices are gaining their gaming capabilities.

Sony PlayStation 4 is based on a semi-custom AMD Fusion system-on-chip that integrates eight AMD x86 Jaguar cores, custom AMD Radeon HD core with unified array of 18 AMD GCN-like compute units (1152 stream processors which collectively generate 1.84TFLOPS of computer power that can freely be applied to graphics, simulation tasks, or some mixture of the two), various special-purpose hardware blocks as well as multi-channel GDDR5 memory controller. The PS4 will come with 8GB of unified GDDR5 memory sub-system (with 176GB/s bandwidth) for both CPU and GPU as well as large-capacity hard disk drive. 

Sony PS4 will be equipped with Blu-ray disc drive capable of reading BDs at 6x and DVDs at 8x speeds, USB 3.0 connectivity in addition to a proprietary aux port, Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR wireless technology as well as HDMI, optical and analog outputs. The new system will also utilize new DualShock 4 game controller with integrated touchpad as well as better motion sensing thanks to new PS4 tracking cameras (sold separately for $59).

The PlayStation4 (CUH-1000A series) computer entertainment system will launch on November 15, 2013 in the Canada and U.S., and from November 29, 2013 in Europe (PAL region) including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The PS4 will also launch in the following ten Latin American countries on November 29: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

When the PlayStation 4 will become available this year, it will be sold at a recommended retail price (RRP) of $399, CAD$399, €399, and £349.

Tags: Sony, Playstation, PlayStation 4, Orbis, Xbox One, Microsoft, Business

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Latest comment: 08/27/13 10:40:53 AM

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Not a surprise.

1) This is the longest console generation which means there is unprecedented pent up demand for PS4/XB1 consoles.

2) PS3 was $599 vs. PS4 for $399. What makes PS4's price seem even better is that its primary competitor is $100 more expensive. When PS3 came out, it was priced much higher than the 360. Now Sony has a more powerful console that costs less!

3) Now that Wii U is $299-349, I bet many Nintendo gamers that stuck around are going to be finally abandoning Nintendo's console. I would bet given Sony's superior 1st party line-up and focus on the hardcore gamer, these consumers are also more likely to gravitate towards PS4 over XB1.
4 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 08/23/13 09:11:18 PM]
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reason is PS4 is the only hardcore gaming console.
xbx one is avg. gaming+set top box
wii u even can't stand infront of xbx one .....and VS PS4 noway
4 1 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 08/23/13 11:34:30 PM]
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Well, I'll have both systems as I do now. I'm not counting on all the pre-launch BS about PS4 being so much more powerful. PS3 was more powerful than the 360 and see how that turned out. You only need enough power to last through this generation of consoles and from what I have heard is that the developers see no difference. Both consoles will last a long while before they have to dumb down the games to fit the new systems. Xbox screwed up by pulling a Sony putting too many goodies in the system to drive the cost up(PS3 Blu-ray and X1 Kinect) Having 2 great gaming systems will not hurt anyone, this will drive both systems to put the effort into great exclusive games. The past few years both have put out crap, a bunch of rehashed games... Any REAL gamer will not bash either system, they will both be hooked up on day 1!
0 0 [Posted by: Don Delaney  | Date: 08/27/13 06:36:11 AM]
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If Kaveri actually ends up delayed, then the reason is here.
0 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 08/27/13 10:40:53 AM]
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