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June 11, 2013

PlayStation 4 Officially Launched

Sony may have launched its PlayStation 4 entertainment system way back in February, but when Mark Cerny, its lead system architect, went up to the stage for his Rafiki moment, he was holding its controller, and not the box itself. At E3, Sony unveiled just that. Pictured above, the PlayStation 4 main unit dons a slick, if not sleek, boxy appearance, a departure from the curvy futuristic original design of its predecessor.

Sony also announced that when PlayStation hits shelves this holiday season (November-December), it will be priced at $399, in the US. The console will launch with dozens of titles you can purchase right away, in boxed retail packages, and as digital downloads over PSN, including but not limited to 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. Boyes also unveiled blockbuster content from key publishing partners, including KINGDOM HEARTS III and FINAL FANTASY XV from SQUARE ENIX, Ubisoft Entertainment, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag and Watch_Dogs, 2K Sports's NBA 2K14, Bethesda Game Studios' The Elder Scrolls Online, and the world exclusive unveil of Warner Bros.

"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."