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Sony's announcement 'much earlier' than expected

Sony have unveiled plans for their new PlayStation 4 at a conference in New York.

Showcasing new games, ways to share and stream gaming, and features of the console's controller, the only thing fans did not see was the console itself.

Speaking to Daybreak, gaming expert Paddy Smith from Stuff magazine said it was disappointing fans did not get to see the new PS4 console, but not surprising.

He said yesterday's announcement from Sony came earlier than expected, and the product might not be finished.

New PS4 will be available for the holiday season

Sony have announced details of their new PlayStation 4, which will be available for the 2013 holiday season.

It is thought that Sony's latest model will pre-empt the next version of Microsoft's Xbox, putting Sony back at the top of the videogame hardware industry.

An image from Sony's new PS4 game Killzone: Shadow Fall Credit: Sony

Details of pricing have not been announced for the product that has been in development for the last five years.

Additional titles, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Driveclub have also been announced.

An image from Sony's new PS4 game Knack Credit: Sony

Sony: 'A bold step forward for PlayStation'

Speaking at an event in New York, and in front of millions across the internet, Andrew House, the group chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment, said:

"Today marks a moment of truth and a bold step forward for PlayStation as a company.

Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Credit: Reuters

"Today we'll show how we are strengthening the PlayStation ecosystem.

"Today we will give you a glimpse into the future of play."

New PS4 can broadcast gameplay in 'real time'

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'Tighter sense of control' for Sony gamers with new PS4

Electronics Giant Sony has unveiled the hotly-anticipated Playstation 4.

The new system will have eight gigabytes of memory and an updated controller called DualShock 4.

Irish video game developer David Perry speaks during the unveiling of the Playstation 4 Credit: Reuters

The controller will have a touchpad, headphone socket and a light bar, which will be used to detect where the player is.

PS4 architect Mark Cerny said the new pad will allow for a "tighter sense of control" for the gamer.

PlayStation 4's lead system architect Mark Cerny speaks during the unveiling of the PlayStation 4 Credit: Reuters

Leaked photos may give clues to PlayStation 4

Leaked photographs have appeared online appearing to show a prototype PlayStation controller with a touchpad alongside the classic DualShock-style controls.

Since the first PlayStation console launched in December 1994, Sony have sold over 310 million home consoles worldwide, and 2.9 billion games.

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