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PlayStation 4 Launches in the United States

Nov 15 2013, 1:16am CST | by , in News | Gaming

PlayStation 4 Launches in the US, In Stock at Amazon

PlayStation 4 Greatness has arrived tonight in the United States. Sony officially launches all new PlayStation 4 in New York in a special colorful midnight launch party. $399.99 PS4 standard edition already sold out online at Best Buy but it is in stock at Amazon. But Europe still has to wait until November 29.

Sony has launched its PlayStation 4 tonight in a colorful midnight launch party in NYC. Thousands of stores also remained opened for midnight launch of PS4 al across North America. Sony rented out the whole Standard High Line Hotel in Manhattan, New York for the midnight launch party. Spike TV game show GTTV's host Geoff Keighley was also there at launch party. He covered the whole event live. During live coverage, he also shows some exclusive clips of the PS4's next Uncharted game and the downloadable content for The Last of Us.

Sony's head of the worldwide PlayStation business, Andrew House, and head of North America, Jack Tretton were also there at the midnight launch event. Both of them also signed the first sold PS4 console. Bungie CEO Pete Parsons, Metal Gear designer Hideo Kojima, and Naughty Dog top heads were also there. 

PlayStation 4 runs on 8-core x86 processor which uses 8 Jaguar cores and its graphics design is based on AMD’s Radeon Graphics Core Next. The PS4 console will have built-in 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray/DVD drive and 8GB GDDR5 memory. PS4 has higher screen resolution of 1080p and runs at 60 frames per second. Due to this high resolution, Sony's PS4 will run Call of Duty: Ghosts better than Microsoft’s Xbox One.

PS4 will also use an all new DualShock 4 controller instead of Sixaxis controller used in PS3. The DualShock 4 has a touchpad, light sensor and share button. At least 26 titles are coming with PS4 including Call of Duty: Ghosts, Killzone: Shadow Fall, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. PS4 is also able to start playing games before downloading.

PlayStation 4 standard edition is now available at price of $399.99. But this edition is sold out online at Best Buy. However, Amazon has still PS4 standard edition in stock. Sony is also offering a special PS4 launch day bundle that will be valid today only. You can get  $10 PlayStation Store cash and 1 year PlayStation Plus membership free with this offer. PlayStation Plus Launch Day offer is available at Best Buy, GameStop and Newegg. 

Other retailers are also offering many special launch bundles and packages of PS4. Like Best Buy is now offering a PS4 Unlocked Epic Gaming Package for $800. This package includes new PS4 console, an extra controller, two new video games of your choice for that console, two years of Geek Squad Protection for your console, two years of PlayStation Network subscriptions, and My Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked 2-year membership. You can save $89.92 with this package deal. And Best Buy is also offering special financing of this package via Best Buy credit card. But Amazon has a different deal all through. It is offering its 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX along with PS4. Amazon offers PlayStation 4 and Kindle Fire HDX 7" for $599.99. You can save $29.99. 

But to use PS4 completely, a firmware update is must. This software was already released on November 13th. Internet connection is must to download software update 1.50 on PS4. But PS4 console will not need to always be connected to the internet, a one-time connection is required for the update. In order to play multiplayer online games, players must have a PlayStation Plus membership which is priced at $49.95 for year. This membership will give users automatic system and game updates and 3GB cloud storage. PS4 Plus members can also access additional game trials, betas, demos and most specifically the Instant Game Collection. And for the new PlayStation 4 Eye, consumers have to pay the extra $59.

Source: VB

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