Skip to main content

Sony’s boxy new PS4 will play used games, cost $100 less than Xbox One

playstation 4 controller sensor

Sony has a message for Microsoft: We’re not screwing up this time. At the company’s E3 2013 press conference on Monday, Sony debuted a defiant, angular design for its box, then proceeded to directly undercut Microsoft’s Xbox One with a both a lower price and more permissive policy on used games.

For starters, the PlayStation 4 will allow you to play used games, no strings attached. Go on down to GameStop, pick up a used copy of Final Fantasy XV for PlayStation 4, you can pop it in the machine and play. No need for an additional fee, no need to be able to share it only with specific family members or people on your friends’ list that.

Not only that, but unlike the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4 does not require an online connection of any kind. Tretton even teased that the console will not, under any circumstances, boot out a player if they haven’t connected to the Internet for 24 hours. Which is precisely what the Xbox One will do.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 will also be cheaper than the Xbox One. The PlayStation 4 will only cost $399 when it arrives later this year, compared to Microsoft’s Xbox One priced at $499.

That’s a startling reversal of E3 2006, when Sony, riding high from the success of the PlayStation 2, swept in and declared its PlayStation 3 would come in two packages, priced at $499 and a mind-boggling $599. Microsoft’s Xbox 360, which was already on sale, sold for only $399, and dominated early sales.

As for the much speculated-upon look of the new console, it looks like the sloping curves, bezels, and soft lines of the last generation are out, and angles are back. We’ve now seen the entire enclosure, and it can be described in one word: boxy. The black slab of plastic contains multiple smaller boxes within, and it looks like a nanotech-powered set of square Matryoshka dolls. While the lineup of games Sony present at its press conference were certainly sexy, the console did not strike us the same way. It might grow on us, but right now we’re trying to imagine keeping dust out of all of those holes on the backside.

Sony has learned from its mistakes. Its new console undercuts Microsoft’s by a full $100 and foregoes the byzantine digital rights management on the Xbox One. The gauntlet, as it were, has been thrown.

Editors' Recommendations

Anthony John Agnello
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Anthony John Agnello is a writer living in New York. He works as the Community Manager of and his writing has…
PS5 Game Boost guide: What is Game Boost and how does it work?
Deacon on motorcycle in Days Gone.

One of the best things about the PlayStation 5 is getting to revisit your older PS4 games thanks to backward compatibility. Nearly every PS4 game is playable on PS5, and — in some cases — runs even better on Sony's new system thanks to PS5 Game Boost.

Read more
How to remove a PS5 faceplate and install a new one
A PS5 sitting in a wood toned entertainment center, showing off it's new red cover.

Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. If you’ve beheld a PlayStation 5 you may have noticed it is a massive console that sticks out with its solid white color scheme. Its bright, bold looks may not be for everyone, however. Fortunately, Sony has come out with a series of replacement covers, giving you the opportunity to change the look of the console to match your style. It may sound intimidating at first, but it’s actually one of the easiest customizations you can make and just takes a few minutes.

Read more
The best PS4 controllers
best video game consoles version 1508519123 sony ps4 controller tv

Nothing is worse than having to struggle with a difficult controller. Issues from drifting joysticks to controller size and even syncing your PlayStation 4 controller can be frustrating to deal with. Luckily, there are controllers on the market to match anyone’s gaming style. No matter your budget or preferred genre, you can find a gamepad that fits your needs and tips for saving battery life.

The PlayStation 4 is nearing the end of its lifecycle, and that means we’ve had plenty of time for great controllers to hit the market. From elite esports-ready gamepads to tailor-made fighting game control panels, here are the best controllers currently available for the PlayStation 4.

Read more