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NewsPoster Nov 15, 2013 07:51 AM
Sony launches PlayStation 4 game console in United States
Sony has launched the latest model in its line of game consoles in the United States. The <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/298468==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/08/20/live.game.video.streaming.service.twitch.to.be.inc luded.on.ps4/" rel='nofollow'>PlayStation 4</a>, on sale now before a later release on November 29 in Europe, is being priced by retailers at $400 for the console alone with a single touchpad-equipped <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/298469==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/02/20/console.based.on.x86.architecture/" rel='nofollow'>DualShock 4</a> controller, though unlike the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/298470==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/08/12/kinect.still.bundled.with.console.at.launch.but.ca n.be.disconnected/" rel='nofollow'>Xbox One</a> and the Kinect, the Playstation 4 Eye is an optional purchase costing $60 on top. <br />
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The game-playing device has an eight-core x86 AMD Jaguar processor with 8GB of HDDR5 memory, and a 500GB hard disk for storage. Sporting a Blu-ray drive, the PlayStation 4 also has two USB 3.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and HDMI out. It also touts the ability to play digital titles while it is still downloading them, thanks to Gaikai-based game streaming, though other online features, such as multiplayer, will require users to buy a PS Plus membership at $50 per year. <br />
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The launch itself has been marred with some significant issues. Some consoles sent to retailers have been reported as having HDMI and <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/298471==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/11/14/one.of.five.kotaku.ps4s.some.retail.establishments .stricken.by.limited.failures/" rel='nofollow'>display issues</a>, which the company claims to be isolated incidents, and is currently investigating. An online outcry has also forced the development team behind the console to reinstate <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/298472==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/11/13/playstation.4.development.team.working.to.add.musi c.playback.after.launch/" rel='nofollow'>MP3 and CD</a> audio playback to the PlayStation 4, something that was available to use on the PlayStation 3, with a patch to address the issue expected shortly after launch.
 
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