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Sony has finally given the world its first look at their new console, the PS4… and it’s fucking SEXY! Along with showing how awesome it looks, we’ll be going over everything else you’ll need to know about this beast.

First, here are all the PS4 pics we could get our hands on, she is a beauty.

It really is a good looking piece of tech, and Sony definitely didn’t disappoint. The sharp edges, the futuristic shape and the smooth lines, make for a terrific looking machine.

Click here to check out a video comparing the PS4’s size to a few other devices.

PS4 Specs:

Sony has come a long way since the release of the PS3, and it shows when you look at the specs for this new behemoth. While still not nearly as powerfull as the latest gaming PC’s out there, the specs for the PS4 are still majorly impressive for a console.

Here are the official specs;

Main Processor

– Single-chip custom processor

– CPU: x86-64 AMD ‘Jaguar’ 8 cores 

– GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon™ based graphics engine

Memory (RAM)

– GDDR5 – 8GB

Hard Disk Drive

– Built-in 500GB (Will be up-gradable)

Optical Drive

– BD 6xCAV 

– DVD 8xCAV

AV output

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– HDMI

– Digital Output (optical)

I/O and communication

– Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0)

– AUX 

– Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)

– IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

– Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)

Size and weight

– 305 x 53 x 275 mm

– 2.8kg

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PS4 Features (The good and the bad):

Good;

Not always online. The PS4 won’t require you to go online once a day.

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No new used game policy. Sony supports used games. You can trade in, sell or share your disc-based games with anyone you want to, thanks Sony!

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Standby mode. With standby mode, your PS4 will always be ready to go. It will download games and updates even while in this mode; meaning that when you “turn on” the device, you will no longer have to wait for a huge update to download before you can start playing. In standby mode, your controllers (and probably tablets and phones) will keep charging – even though the console is in this “powered down” state.

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Up-gradable storage. Just like the PS3, the PS4 will have a removable hard drive, that you can upgrade when you need more storage.

The Dualshock 4 controller. While the general layout of the buttons seems largely similar to the Dualshock 3, the Dualshock 4 controller sports a few new cool features. It has a built-in speaker; a share button that allows you to instantly upload gameply videos, a touch-pad, an audio socket (probably for headsets etc.), and a blue light thing in the front; that will presumably be for Move gaming.

Cloud gaming. The uses for “cloud” are endless, and Sony is taking advantage of it in a big way. Playing game demo’s without downloading them, easy connection between devices and your friends, live-streaming, gameply sharing, and if you are stuck at a certain point in a game; your friends could talk you through it, or even take full control of your game and do it for you. Very cool.

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Bad; (updated)

There was not a whole lot of “bad” that we could find about the PS4, but here are a few things that we did find…

– You will have to pay for online multiplayer on PS4. This news really sucks, but will probably not be a deal-breaker, because the only alternatives, are to stick with the PS3, or invest a shitload of money in your PC.

No backwards compatibility. Your PS3 games will not work on the PS4.

PS4 camera not included. If you want one of these you’ll have to buy it seperately.

PS4 Price:

The PS4 will set you back $399 (R4000), which is way less than the PS3’s debut price.

[Update 21/08/2013 – We heard that the South African price for the console may be R6,299 as of release… Which makes it about as expensive as the release version of the PS3. Which kinda sucks a whole lot of balls]

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What we think about Sony’s new console:

Sony has certainly stepped up to the plate with the PS4. With its striking design, useful new features, supercharged hardware and a host of new features; the PS4 is our console of choice for this generation.

You can pick up your PS4 this “Holiday season”, which probably means somewhere in December.

[Updated: Official PS4 release date set for 15 November (US) and 29 November (Europe)]

[Updated 21/08/2013 – Release date for South Africa set between 5 and 10 November]