When Did PlayStation 4 Come Out? Everything You Need to Know

The PlayStation 4 launched on November 15, 2013, in North America and on November 29, 2013, in Europe and other regions around the world. It was released one week after the Xbox One, which hit store shelves on November 22. It’s been almost 10 years since Sony’s next-gen console hit the market, so we at Duck Blogs go over when it did with the history of Playstations.

The History of PlayStations

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The original PlayStation first came out in 1995, and Sony has released several iterations of its wildly popular console since then. The most recent is the PlayStation 4, or PS4 for short, which was released on November 15, 2013. Here’s a quick look at everything you need to know about it.

Designed as an upgrade from Sony’s previous console, 2011’s PlayStation 3 (PS3), the PS4 adds improved graphics processing speed and more memory than previous models. Plus, all new games will work across both consoles—meaning that users won’t have to keep track of two different game libraries if they own both devices.

What’s New in the PS4 Pro?

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Sony’s beefed up its new PS4 Pro. Not only does it boast more powerful hardware for improved graphics and gaming, but it’s also capable of supporting high dynamic range (HDR) media playback. This means that you’ll be able to enjoy movies in stunning detail with greater contrast between light and dark areas—and all on your living room TV.

Hardware Differences Between the PS4 and PS4 Pro

PS4 Pro is largely identical to PS4 in terms of specs, but it does pack a more powerful GPU and CPU. This means that if you already own a PS4 and don’t have any brand loyalty (i.e., don’t care about Sony games), it doesn’t make sense to upgrade. If you have an original PS4, though, I definitely recommend buying a Pro if you can afford it!

The Best Games for the PS4

The games library for PS4 is quite literally unbelievable. There are so many amazing titles available, and you’ll never have time to play them all. Check out our list of what we consider to be some of the best games for PS4—we’re sure there’s something you’ll love! (that said, here are some recommendations: Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, Overwatch, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Some of these games also made it into our top-grossing games of all time.

How Much Does a PS4 Cost, Currently?

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The PS4 Pro costs $399.99; The standard PS4 costs $299.99; The newly released slimmer PS4, which comes in jet black and glacier white, is priced at $299.99 as well.

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