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The Vita has been dogged by slow sales and a crumbling market. The rebooted version might tie in with the PS4, but can it convince consumers?

Sony's PS4 sells more than 2.1 million consoles since launch

Initially released in the US on November 15, the console is now available in 32 countries

The Playstation 4 console retails for £349 – £80 less than its rival Microsoft's Xbox One system

PS4 beats Xbox One to become UK’s fastest ever selling console

Sony's console sold more than a million consoles during its US launch, and has now beaten records in the UK

Xbox One and PlayStation 4: The basics

The wait is over.

PS4 goes on sale in the UK as Sony disables online features

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?

'SmartWig': Sony files patent for computerised hair piece

The patent filing describes how the device could be used to monitor users' health, give directions or just help out with a slide-show presentation

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

The landscapes on ‘Forza Motorsport 5’ shows how far Xbox One’s graphics have improved on Xbox 360

Faulty Xbox One owners offered free game by Microsoft

A malfunctioning disc drive is the main concern among some gamers

The landscapes on ‘Forza Motorsport 5’ shows how far Xbox One’s graphics have improved on Xbox 360

Xbox One: Faulty console owners offered free game by Microsoft

A malfunctioning disc drive is the main concern among some gamers

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

Sony’s TV push looked like a nod towards the success of online rivals NetFlix, producer House of Cards

Sony moves away from the big screen to make quality TV

Sony has announced plans to produce more television shows in what executives described as a 'significant' shift in direction as it moves away from blockbuster films as part of a drive to save $250 million (£156 million).

Spotify has raised $250 million in a funding round led by Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Technology Crossover Ventures

Spotify raises £250 m backed by Silicon Valley firm ahead of Japanese launch

The fundraising values Spotify at $4 billion as company announced expansion plans in the US and Japan

Xbox One launch day: zombies and legionaries hit London and New York

Reinforcements arrive for Microsoft in the console wars

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