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.
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.
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.
"Today we'll show how we are strengthening the PlayStation ecosystem.
"Today we will give you a glimpse into the future of play."
You’ll even be able to share screenshots and video clips using DualShock 4’s new Share button. UI here looks great, very simple and slick.
PS4 will enable you to broadcast your gameplay in real time. Friends can post comments, or help you conquer a difficult challenge remotely.
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.
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.
Leaked photographs have appeared online appearing to show a prototype PlayStation controller with a touchpad alongside the classic DualShock-style controls.
See the photographs here.
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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The product, which Sony hoped would replace cassette players when it was launched in 1992, will have a final batch shipped in March before manufacturing stops for good.
MiniDisc players enjoyed little success outside of Japan and MP3 players led to the downfall of the product.
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