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This article was published on November 15, 2013

Sony’s PlayStation 4 is now officially on sale in the US

Sony’s PlayStation 4 is now officially on sale in the US Image by: AFP/Getty Images
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Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

Gamers in the US can officially get their hands on Sony’s next-generation gaming console now. The PlayStation 4 finally launched tonight in New York, after being unveiled in June at the E3 conference.

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The standard version of the PS4 is going for $399 in the US. This time round, the console runs on an 8-core x86 processor and comes fitted with a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray/DVD drive and 8GB of GDDR5 memory. In the box is also a new DualShock 4 controller with touchpad, as well as the new PlayStation 4 Eye — provided consumers want to pay the extra $59.

If you want to use the online/multiplayer features of games, the PS4 will require a PS Plus membership currently priced at $49.95 for 12 months. It includes automatic system and game updates, 3GB of cloud storage, access to additional game trials, betas, demos and the ‘Instant Game Collection’.

A new nifty feature for the PS4, however, is the ability to start playing games before they’ve downloaded.

The PS4, like its predecessor, will also support apps — and those at launch time include TV and movie streaming apps like LoveFilm, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, iPlayer, Demand5 and a host more region-specific titles.

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