U.S. retail this week began pre-order sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 4.
Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week opened pre-order sales for the Playstation 4 to U.S. customers.
In addition, Best Buy Co. Inc. stores began pre-order sales at brick and mortar locations and at BestBuy.com.
The PS4 will be sold at $399.99 in the U.S.
It will be sold at 399 euros in Europe and 349 pounds in the UK.
The hardware will utilize a PC-like architecture with a x86-based AMD Jaguar 8-core CPU, a 1.84 TLFOPS AMD next-generation Radeon GPU, and GDDR5 8GB RAM. IN addition the hardware will feature a 6X Blu-ray disc drive, USB 3.0 interface, Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, and digital output.
The DualShock 4 controller will include a new touch pad, share button, options button, built-in mono speaker, headphone jack, and light bar that will interact with a new PS4 Eye camera to track the controller. The PS4 Eye will feature 1280 x 800 60 frames-per-second functionality, with up to 320 x 192 resolution at 240 frames-per-second.
New titles announced for the PS4 include Killzone Shadow Fall, Driveclub, Infamous: Second Son, and The Witness.
Third-party titles include Capcom Co.’s Deep Down, Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Final Fantasy, Ubisoft Inc.’s Watch Dogs, and Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Diablo III and Destiny.
The company said games can be traded-in, sold, leant, or kept forever without restriction.
In addition, the PS4 hardware does not require an online connection, require an online check in, or require authentication.