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Sony Launches PlayStation 4 in the U.S. and Canada

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today launched PlayStation 4 (PS4), “a system built for gamers and inspired by developers.”

The PS4 system is now available in the United States and Canada at a suggested retail price of USD $399 and CAD $399, arriving with a lineup of over 20 first- and third-party games, including exclusive titles like Knack and Killzone: Shadow Fall.

In total, the PS4 system will have a library of over 30 games by the end of the year.

“Today’s launch of PS4 represents a milestone for all of us at PlayStation, our partners in the industry, and, most importantly, all of the PlayStation fans who live and breathe gaming every day,” said Andrew House, president and group CEO, SCEI.

According to the company, PS4 system enables game developers to realize their creative vision on a platform specifically tuned to their needs, making it easier to build huge, interactive worlds in smooth 1080p HD resolution.

Its supercharged PC architecture – including an enhanced Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and 8GB of GDDR5 unified system memory – is designed to ease game creation and deliver a dramatic increase in the richness of content available on the platform. \

The end result for players is an abundant software library, as more than 180 games are currently in development.

The PS4 system enables gamers to share their best gameplay moments with friends. With a press of the “SHARE” button on the Dualshock4 wireless controller, images and videos can be shared with other players in the activity feed on their PS4 system’s Dynamic Menu, or on social networking services such as Facebook.

Gameplay images can also be shared with friends through Twitter. In addition, players can broadcast their gameplay in real-time using live internet streaming services such as Ustream and Twitch. During live broadcasts, friends can even make comments on the streamed gameplay.

Photo courtesy: SCEI

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