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After a long wait, Sony has finally unveiled it's new PlayStation 4 console at its annual E3 Media & Business Summit press conference. The console that combines music, gaming, television and film in a single powerful entertainment box will be made available in the United States, this holiday season at $399 (Rs. 23,399 approximately). This happens to be way lesser then Microsoft' gaming console Xbox One which is to be released in US at $499 ( Rs. 29,136 approximately). This could very well be a winning point for PS4.
"We are proud to unveil today the most advanced gaming system ever created, PlayStation 4, which demonstrates everything PlayStation stands for - a relentless focus on the gamer, an inspired community of developers equipped with the most powerful technology, and the long-standing legacy to building worlds without boundaries through one-of-a-kind gaming experiences," said Jack Tretton, President and CEO of SCEA.
"What's equally exciting for us, however, is transforming the PlayStation ecosystem into a stronger, more vibrant destination that enables gamers to engage, share, play, and connect on their terms." he adds.
SCE World Wide Studios has announced that it is currently developing more than 30 PS4 exclusive titles. The games are to be released within a year of the launch of the PS4 system. According to SCE WWS President Shuhei Yoshida, PS4 exclusive titles, #DRIVECLUB, Killzone, Shadow Fall, KNACK will be available at launch.
Sony Computer Entertainment America, Vice President of Developer and Publisher Relations Adam Boyes introduced a stellar lineup of titles that will be making their console debut on the PS4 system, which including 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.
SCEA also unveiled new details about PS Plus. With a single PS Plus membership, gamers will be able avail on benefits including exclusive game discounts, cloud game saves, early access to beta programs and content and access to the Instant Game Collection. Instant Game Collection provides PS Plus members immediate access to a library of games - including blockbuster hits, innovative indie games, and classic titles will be extended to gamers using PS4.
PS Plus members will be able to enjoy a variety of PS4 titles and also will be able to share their experiences with friends via online multiplayer, broadcasting and spectating games, cross-game voice chat, and the ability to seamlessly join a friend's online game.
Music and Video
The PS4 will make complete use Sony Unlimited a cloud-based movie and music service, as the console moves from being just a gaming system to a complete home entertainment center.
The cloud gaming services will provide gamers on the PS4 and PS3 systems, followed by gamers on the PS Vita system, with immediate access to a catalog of critically acclaimed PS3 titles. These games will be streamed using recently acquired Gaikai's proprietary network technology. The new service will be made available in 2014, starting from US.