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Next-gen console war begins as Sony finally unleashes PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 Now Available

The next-generation has finally arrived. You’ve waited for months, read all the coverage, watched the unboxing videos, fought with fanboys in the comment sections of your favorite websites — all for this moment. The PlayStation 4 launched at midnight with what Sony claims to be a record number of preorders, kicking off a video game console holiday showdown with the Xbox One.

The PS4 is Sony’s chance to fix everything it did wrong last generation, and start this one on a positive note. Developers complained that the PS3 was difficult to develop for, so Sony made ease of use a priority on the PS4. The DualShock 3 was maligned by gamers, so Sony reworked the controller from the ground up. The PS3 OS was featureless and barren in comparison to the Xbox 360’s, so Sony designed a new interface that lives up to the standards of a 2013 device.

Sony’s message, ever since the console was officially announced back in February, has never changed. PlayStation 4 is the console for gaming. The launch lineup might not be as robust or impressive as we had originally hoped, but Sony is banking on the seven-day head start, the $100 price difference, and the promise of the console’s potential to win the holiday season, despite staunch competition from Microsoft’s Xbox One.

The PlayStation 4 is now available for $399… providing you can still find one, of course. Be on the lookout for features and reviews from BGR in the coming days and weeks.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.