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PS4: Sony's new PlayStation 4 console releasing holiday 2013

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The PlayStation 4 has been officially announced by Sony.

Confirmed at the PS4 event in New York, the console will support new business models such as free-to-play and will launch during the 2013 end of year holiday season.



Compared to a "supercharged PC", the PS4 features an x86 CPU, enhanced PC GPU and 8GB RAM, and will be easier to develop for than the PS3.

The DualShock 4 controller, which was leaked before the event, appears similar in design to the standard PS3 controller, except for a touch pad, share button, and light bar that acts like a PlayStation Move.

There is also a new Light Bar accessory that tracks the controller.

> Sony's PS4 reveal as it happened

Gallery: The PS4's logo, DualShock 4 controller and camera in pictures:
Users will be able to play digital games instantly, with the system streaming titles while they download in the background.

It features a sleep button similar to the Vita, allowing players to halt and instantly resume games later, as well as smartphone cross-functionality.

The share button allows users to instantly post images, videos and activate live streams of games, with friends able to post comments and offer feedback while you play.

PS4 launch: Andrew House speaks at an event to announce the Sony Playstation 4 Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in New York.

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Andrew House speaks at an event to announce the Sony Playstation 4



Players can also hand the controls over to a spectator, letting them take over if stuck during a challenging section.

Using Gaikai cloud technology, users will also be able to play PS4 games remotely using Vita, similar to using the Wii U GamePad.

PS4 reveal: New PlayStation 4 console controller

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The PS Camera.


> Read our on-going coverage on PlayStation 4

New first-party games include Killzone Shadow Fall, Infamous: Second Son and DriveClub.

Square Enix announced a new Final Fantasy, which will be unveiled at E3, Ubisoft confirmed Watch Dogs for launch, Capcom teased a new game called Deep Down and Braid creator Jonathan Blow announced The Witness.

Blizzard, meanwhile, announced Diablo 3 for the PS3 and PS4, while Bungie revealed that the PS4 version of Destiny will feature exclusive content.

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