The Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE)’s long-awaited gaming console PS4 is finally available. Sony priced the PS4 at $399.99, and shipping has started in the United States and Canada. For the rest of the world, the console will be available in December, and for Japan it will start shipping in February.Sony

Better user experience

Sony’s PS4 comes with an increased speed compared to the PS3, and has more realistic graphics to enhance the gaming experience of the user. Also, it is better than its predecessor in terms of streaming, and comes with social networking features. Through the share feature, users can post game images and stream live gameplay on social networks. A share button for this purpose has been put on the Dual shock 4 controller.

Specs of the new PS4 include eight powerful x86 CPUs, code-named Jaguar, graphics cores developing 1.84 teraflops of performance, a 500GB hard drive and 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Sony claimed that the PS4 is “future-proofed,” which ensures that the gadget has a longer life, and does not become obsolete for over a decade.

PS4 equipped with social networking features

Additionally, the PS4 comes with specific hardware to increase the speed of delivery of online games. A game can be transferred to Playstation’s Vita console through a remote play feature. The Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE) aims to make every PS4 game compatible with Vita in the future. Furthermore, with the remote play feature, games can be streamed from the PS4 to Android and iOS devices.

The PS4 is linked with the PlayStation Network, which will allow users to try games before downloading them. The Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE) has partnered with social networking sites like Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Ustream to give users more options. Before playing, a user can give any name to the fictitious character, which describes them. Sony said that it is working on developing around 180 games for PlayStation.

Sony rivals also lining up new launch

The Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE) scheduled the launch just one week prior to Microsoft’s Xbox One, which will start shipping on November 22 and comes with the price tag of $499.99. Both Sony and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been in a tussle for dominance of their consoles, for quite a long time. Nintendo is also a big competitor with Nvidia’s Shield being the other challenger.