First look at the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One games consoles

Forget the details - first up, we want to know what they look like, how much they cost and when we can get our hands on one...

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Introduced within hours of one another, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One are the new major players on the games console market. Both are being billed as all-in-one home entertainment systems and have the requisite Blu-ray players, social media connectivity and general extended functionality.

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The further technical details are important, of course, but first up there are three things you really want to know: What do they look like? How much will they cost me? And when can I get my hands on one?

Here comes the non-science part…


PlayStation4

Price: £349

Launch date: Christmas 2013

Look: Jet black with a matt or gloss finish


Xbox One

Price: £429

Launch date: November

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Look: “Liquid black” with a matt/gloss combination finish