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Sony's rival to the Xbox One has now launched worldwide; the two titans of home gaming will now go head-to-head over Christmas

PS4 review: Sony has got their swagger back with the PlayStation 4

Sony's rival to Microsoft's Xbox One has concentrated fully on the gaming experience - although the launch library is hardly the most impressive to date

PS4 UK launch: fans queueing for the last chance to buy Sony console before Christmas

The PS4 launches tonight for £349 - can it match its US sales records?

PS4 vs Xbox One: Which takes longer to install games?

Gaming blog Kotaku ran tests in which some Xbox One games took longer than 16 minutes

PS4 and Xbox One: Live-streamed nudity and 'excessive profanity' highlights new problems

Next gen consoles allow users to share footage online, but this has already led to some worrying incidents

Xbox One matches PS4 with 1 million sales in 24 hours

The rival consoles are neck in neck in everything from sales figures to hardware problems as we approach the PS4's UK launch

80m PS3s have been sold worldwide according to Sony, 3m PS4s will be sold by the end of 2013 and 5m by the end of March according to predictions by Sony

PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 reasons to buy Sony's console over Microsoft's

Sony's latest console launches on the 29th for £349 with the Xbox One already in stores for £429

Xbox One vs PS4: 5 reasons to buy Microsoft's console over Sony's

Microsoft's latest console launches on the 22nd for £429 and the PS4 on the 29th for £349

3 million PS4s will be sold by the end of 2013 and 5m by the end of March according to predictions by Sony

PS4: An afternoon with Sony's Xbox One challenger

<b>Jamie Merrill</b> tries out Sony's slickest gaming machine yet

Xbox One review roundup: internet's verdict on Microsoft's challenge to Sony's PS4

Microsoft's reach has exceeded their grasp - but they're in for the long haul

Sony's issues guide to PS4's "Blue Light of Death" error

Sony says these "isolated incidents [...] represent a very small percentage of total units shipped to consumers to date"

The PS4 and Xbox consoles are competing for the Christmas market

PS4 sales top one million in most successful Sony console launch ever

Sony's PS4 gets off to a strong start ahead of the console's European launch on the 29th

The PS4 and Xbox consoles are competing for the Christmas market

PS4 v Xbox One: 'Look at me' generation gets dream consoles

Gamers will now be able to upload video of themselves as they play

Excited? Andrew House, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment and Jack Tretton, President and CEO Sony Computer Entertainment America, present 24-year-old Joey Chiu of Brooklyn with the first of 444 PS4s to be sold at the PlayStation 4 North American Official Launch event presented by Sony Entertainment Network at The Standard, Highline
Joey Chiu, 24-year-old from Brooklyn, New York is first on line to receive the new Sony PlayStation FOUR at the Standard High Line in New York

PS4 US launch: Sony promises more games for the new Playstation

A slim launch library has left the PS4 feeling underpowered where it matters most, but Sony made moves to mollify gamers during the console's US launch

Excited? Andrew House, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment and Jack Tretton, President and CEO Sony Computer Entertainment America, present 24-year-old Joey Chiu of Brooklyn with the first of 444 PS4s to be sold at the PlayStation 4 North American Official Launch event presented by Sony Entertainment Network at The Standard, Highline

In pictures: PS4 launches in America

Sony's next-generation console, the PlayStation 4, was launched last night in America.

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