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Sony's Playstation 4 games console goes on sale in US

Sony's highly anticipated next generation Playstation 4 (PS4) games console has gone on sale in the United States.

Thousands of gamers braved the cold to queue overnight at outlets across the country to get their hands on the coveted console from 5am local time.

A gamer holds up his Playstation 4 console after purchasing it at a special Sony sale event Credit: Reuters

On Thursday, the famous symbols of the console's controller -a circle, cross, square and triangle - replaced the lettering on London's OXO tower.

The PS4 will launch in the UK on November 29, priced at £349.

The PlayStation symbols on the OXO Tower in London Credit: Twitter/Playstation Europe

Watch: The official launch video for Playstation 4

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Sony's bid to compete with rival Apple TV

Sony has unveiled its latest product that is thought will rival Apple TV - Playstation Vita TV - at its annual conference in Japan.

The small device that attaches to a TV set allows users to play Vita and PSP games with music and video streaming.

The device, which costs around £60, will be launched in Japan in November but there is no confirmation yet as to whether it will be released globally.

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Pre-orders alone shoot new Sony phone up the charts

The Xperia Z is seen as a serious challenge to Samsung's Galaxy S3, which has dominated UK sales. Credit: Sony

The new Sony smartphone has become the UK's second best-selling handset from pre-orders alone.

The Sony Xperia Z is beaten only by the Samsung Galaxy S3, which remains in the top spot for the 10th consecutive month, price comparison website uSwitch.com said.

The Samsung Galaxy range dominates February's top 10, taking four places, with Apple's iPhone 5 only in third position due to the success of Sony's new handset.

The Sony Xperia Z, which only became available to buy yesterday, is seen as a serious challenger to Samsung's Galaxy S3.

The waterproof, dust-resistant Sony PlayStation-certified handset boasts a 13-megapixel camera, HD recording and 5in HD display.

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Mixed reviews for Sony's PlayStation 4

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Everybody is a critic. But I for one thought @sony did a stellar job today. As a dev I found @playstation 4 having very intriguing features.

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No official release date, no price or pictures of the console! Bit of a letdown Sony!! #playstation4

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Small, but neat touches: Suspend/resume games - charge controller while system is off - play a game while it's downloading #PlayStation4

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
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