Sony: PlayStation 4 to Retail for $39911 Jun, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
New game console is $100 less than Microsoft’s Xbox One
Sony Computer Entertainment America unveiled the PlayStation 4 at the E3 Media & Business Summit in Los Angeles, where the company also announced the console would launch in the United States for $399 this holiday season.
The price is $100 less than Microsoft’s rival Xbox One console, which also includes a Blu-ray Disc drive.
Sony is currently developing more than 140 PS4 titles — 20 of which are planned to release within a year of the launch of the PS4 system. Titles include DriveClub, Killzone, Shadow Fall, Knack, which will be available at launch, and inFamous Second Son, available in the first quarter of 2014. The company also unveiled The Order: 1886, from studio Ready at Dawn.
Other titles coming to PS4 include: Transistor by Super Giant, Don't Starve by Klei Entertainment, Mercenary Kings by Tribute Games, Octodad: Deadliest Catch by Young Horses, Secret Ponchos by SwitchBlade Monkeys, Outlast by Red Barrels, Oddworld: New N Tasty by Oddworld Inhabitants and Galak-Z by 17-bit.
Sony also unveiled PS4 titles, Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV, from Square Enix; Ubisoft Entertainment’s Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag and Watch Dogs; 2K Sports's NBA 2K14; Bethesda Game Studios' The Elder Scrolls Online; and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Mad Max.
At the Jan. 10 press conference, noted game developer Bungie (creator of Xbox’s Halo franchise) premiered Destiny, Sony's much-anticipated first-person shooter title. SCEA also announced a long-term exclusive partnership with Bungie and publisher Activision, which it hopes ensures that the PS4 ecosystem evolves with the Destiny franchise.
SCEA also unveiled new details for PS Plus — a platform designed to bring developers together directly with gamers. With a PS Plus membership, gamers can experience all of the program benefits across the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita systems. Other benefits include exclusive game discounts, cloud-based storage, early access to beta programs, content and the Instant Game Collection.
The Instant Game Collection, which provides PS Plus members immediate access to library titles — including blockbuster hits, indie games and classic titles — will extend to gamers on the PS4 system along with online gameplay.
"What's exciting for us is transforming the PlayStation ecosystem into a stronger, more vibrant destination that enables gamers to engage, share, play and connect on their terms," Jack Tretton, CEO of SCEA, said in a statement.