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Sony’s PlayStation 4 console unboxed (video)

Sony's next-generation game console is about to arrive – in fact, it's on sale this Friday. Our full review of the PS4 is coming soon, but for now, we wanted to show you exactly what you get when you first open the box (aside from the console itself, of course). Take a look at the video above to see for yourself.

The Sony PlayStation 4 features stunning graphics, thanks to its eight-core x86-64 AMD "Jaguar" CPU, AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next engine GPU, 8GB of GDDR5 memory, and a 500GB internal hard drive (which you can easily swap out for something bigger, should you wish).

The included DualShock 4 controller looks similar to earlier versions, but now features a capacitive touchpad, an internal speaker and headphone jack, along with a Share button for streaming and recording games. It also boasts a four-colour light bar that indicates which player has which controller, as well as other information that depends on the game you're playing.

As we mentioned, you can get a PS4 on Friday 29 November, and it'll cost you £350 (which is £80 less than the Xbox One that Microsoft launched last week). The launch day line-up of PS4 games includes the likes of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, plus two exclusives – Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack. Some have argued that this is a weaker library of launch games than the Xbox One, but as ever, it depends on your gaming tastes and preferences.

For more on the PS4, you might want to read our breakdown of the final hardware tech specs of the Xbox One and PS4, and our piece examining why the PlayStation 4 has more power than the Xbox One, and yet it's lighter and more compact.