PlayStation 4 Officially Launches in the Philippines, Gets Warm Welcome from PH Gamers

It's official: This year's hottest gaming console, the PlayStation 4, is now available in the Philippines. This comes after much excitement for the machine and unofficial pre-releases from local game stores.

PlayStation 4

Launched late last year, the Sony PlayStation 4 is the latest iteration of the company's console series. It's powered by an 8-core AMD "Jaguar" CPU, a 1.84 TFLOP AMD Radeon GPU, 8GB GDDR5 RAM, and a 500GB internal hard drive. To date, the PS4 is the 8th variation of the console line, including in the count other One and Slim versions of all the PlayStations.

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The PlayStation 4 also sports existing and upcoming features like the PlayStation Network and the much-hyped PlayStation Now. Sadly, it doesn't offer built-in backwards compatibility with its predecessor the PS3, though there have been talks that a cloud service will allow for such in the near future.

The PlayStation 4 sold for P26,899 and P27,399 for the Killzone: Shadowfall and the Battlefield 4 bundles at launch date respectively. Launch dates also included an extended 2-year warranty from Sony. Now that launch date is over, it will be available in Sony Centers for P24,999 console only, and P26,999 with a PS4 camera.

PlayStation Vita 2000 and PlayStation Vita TV

Making a surprise appearance - albeit expected - at the launch were also two of Sony's latest gaming devices, the PlayStation Vita 2000 and the PlayStation Vita TV. The former is an upgrade to yesteryear's PS Vita; It features a slimmer and less-angular body, a lighter body, minor cosmetic improvements, and the most radical change, an OLED display (though it's arguable if the LCD version was better). A representative also told us that the original Vita's 3G function is now unavailable with the newer one.

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The PlayStation Vita TV on the other hand is a buttonless, screenless, and speakerless PS Vita in slate form. It practically does what your handheld Vita can do, but on much larger proportions. How large? How about utilizing a full-fledged TV and a PS3 controller? Yes, instead of mashing buttons on a tiny screen, the PS Vita TV allows you to play your favorite PS Vita game in your living room. Of course, playing on a bigger display has its downsides as well, number one of which is loss of detail.

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Both the the PlayStation Vita 2000 and the PlayStation Vita TV will be available in a variety of colors and will sell for P11,999 and P8,599 respectively. Sufficient stocks were mentioned to arrive around February 2014.

HMZ-T3

The HMZ-T3 is a head-mounted display accessory for the PS4, the PS3, and the PS Vita TV. Imagine the Oculus Rift, but dedicated to PlayStation. So imagine, instead of a playing Outlast on a TV, you'll be right in the center of the action with the headgear.

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Unlike all the other devices launched, the HMZ-T3 was just showcased (and will continue being showcased at selected Sony Centers) and doesn't have any official price or release date.

Personally I'll buy a PlayStation 4 this year or early next year. I'll just make sure I finish all my current games first. How about you?

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