Sony has unveiled the hardware design of its upcoming PS4 games console, revealing that it looks remarkably similar to Microsoft's competing console the Xbox One.
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The new design uses the same combination of glossy and matt black finishes as the Xbox One and is likewise made up of flat sides, eschewing the curves of the PS3. Indeed in profile, the console is a parallelogram.
Bisecting the glossy and matt sections is a thin blue illuminated strip, while the front edge has a recessed gap in which the optical disc drive is presumably mounted.
Differing from the Xbox One, the PS4 appears to be designed to stand upright, rather than sit horizontally, though equally it seems the console is able to lay flat. It also appears to be slightly slimmer than the Xbox One, though with a larger footprint.
The console has been shown with one controller and its PlayStation Eye motion controller/camera suggesting this will be the retail package.
Further details on a release date have yet to be revealed though the PS4 price
has been confirmed at £349 ($399), undercutting the Xbox One by some £80.
During its press conference at E3 the Sony revealed a host of new games that will be coming to the console, including Final Fantasy XV and cross-platform titles such as Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
Sony also confirmed that over 100 games will be available within a year of launch and that it won't place restrictions on how users use copies of its games bought on disc: users will be free to lend or resell the game when finished with. Further, games won't need any kind of online activation.