Sony PlayStation 4 hardware revealed at E3, priced at $399

By on June 10, 2013, 9:21 PM

Sony took the stage on Monday evening for their annual E3 press conference just hours after Microsoft revealed pricing and their lineup of games for the Xbox One. For Sony, the biggest question on everyone’s mind heading into the event was whether or not we would finally get to see what the PlayStation 4 hardware looks like.

I’ll go ahead and answer that question up front: we did.

Described as sleek and visually impactful wherever it’s placed, the PS4 features a contrasting flat black surface alongside a bit of gloss and appears to stand vertically or horizontally. It’s tough to accurately compare the two without them side-by-side but it looks much slimmer than the Xbox One.

With that said, here’s what else we learned about the PS4 today.

There are over 140 games in development, we’re told, with more than 100 being available within the first year. The PlayStation 4 won’t impose any restrictions on the use of used games – a huge jab at Microsoft that drew incredible applause from the crowd on hand. Just to be clear, gamers have the right to trade in games at retail, sell them to another person, lend them to a friend or keep them forever. This drew chants of “Sony! Sony!” from the crowd.

And to further put the nail in the coffin, Sony said there was no need for the console to be connected, you aren’t required to check in online and it won’t stop working if you haven’t authenticated within 24 hours. Perhaps best of all, the PlayStation 4 starts at just $399 – a full $100 cheaper than Microsoft’s Xbox One although Sony stopped short of announcing a solid release date.

Sony Pictures is working on an original programming plan with unique access to content via PlayStation Network and PS4. Content will be tailored and selected specifically for things that gamers want and love but again, the company stopped short of sharing any further details.

Sony’s Video Unlimited service will be available on day one with 150,000 of the latest television shows and movies and we also learned that Redbox Instant, pay-per-view events and Flixster will be headed to PS3, PS Vita and PS4 very soon.

These announcements, however, only paled in comparison to the real reason Sony was at E3: to showcase games for the PS4. The company said they have 30 brand new IPs for the PlayStation and wasted little time showcasing one of the new titles, The Order: 1886, from Sony Santa Monica Studios.

Other games high on Sony’s list that were shown briefly in video clips include Killzone: Shadow Fall, DriveClub, inFamous: Second Son and Knack – most of which we are already familiar with from Sony’s PS4 announcement back in February. Killzone, DriveClub and Knack will be PS4 launch titles while inFamous will show up during Q1 2014.

Developer Quantic Dream was next in line with a brief technical demonstration of a title called The Dark Sorcerer – or at least that’s what it appeared to be. Turns out, the “game” was all part of the tech demo and the sorcerer was just an actor in the game – clever. The full 12-minute demo will be available later this week during E3.

Sony spent some time highlighting indie game developers that they are welcoming to the PlayStation family including Tribute Games, Switchblade Monkeys, Young Horses, Klei Entertainment and 17-bit Games, just to name a few. Supergiant Games, creator of Bastion, was on hand to show a new game called Transistor that will debut on the PS4 early next year.

Square Enix showed off a new trailer for Final Fantasy XV in addition to one for Kingdom Hearts III in collaboration with Disney. Both games are coming to the PS4, we’re told, while Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is also coming to the PS3 and the PS4.

Conference-goers were treated to a world exclusive demo of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag played live on stage although the demo was cut short as the game eventually locked up, forcing Sony to end the demo early and usher in the next demo instead, Watch Dogs. Attendees were treated with several minutes of live game footage which looked extremely impressive and fast-paced. Fortunately this demo went off without a hitch.

PlayStation owners will receive an additional hour of gameplay for Watch Dogs and a special outfit for the protagonist when it launches.

Sports titles are huge on consoles and that’ll be no different with the PS4. Sony showcased footage from NBA 2K14 featuring some acting from Miami Heat star Lebron James talking to his in-game avatar. This demo was a bit shorter than anticipated, however, and was the only sporting game shown during the entire event.

A new partnership with Bethesda will see The Elder Scrolls: Online hit the PlayStation 4 during spring 2014. The game will feature a beta that will be available exclusively first on PS4, Sony said.

A world exclusive trailer for Mad Max was shown from Warner Bros Entertainment and Avalanche Studios. PlayStation gamers will have access to a special pack when the game launches. And if you haven’t already noticed, almost all of these titles were shown in very short clips so there really isn't much to go on.

PlayStation Plus membership will carry over to PlayStation 4, we learned. For less than $5 per month, Sony promises discounted games, cloud saves, automatic game updates, early access to beta programs, instant game collection and immersive multiplayer online for PS4. Does that mean you have to pay for multiplayer now? (Update: Yes, PlayStation Plus is required for multiplayer)

Bungie and Activision had one last thing to showcase – the world gameplay premiere of Destiny. It started with a single player on stage that was soon joined by another. But the live demo jitters weren’t over as Destiny also showed signs of freezing during the demo. It wasn’t as bad as Assassin’s Creed but it was embarrassing nevertheless.




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3 people like this | Matt12345170 Matt12345170 said:

Sony wins. GG

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Sony wins. GG

If they sell it for $499 or less I totally agree.

2 people like this | ikesmasher said:

$100 less, used game complete support, and no online required for disc games.

GG, I'm going Sony if I go next gen console.

7 people like this | St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

$100 less than Xbox, more powerful than Xbox, no restrictions, no Kinect, no Internet required. G-motherlickin'-G.

Thanks for playing, Microsoft.

4 people like this | Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Wow Microsoft, wow, your really set on including that kinect aren't you? can't lower the price any more because you are that convinced we all need one. Not to mention the stupid Internet connection and high price, you shot yourself in both knee caps and then after Sony's conference you may as well shoot yourself in the head.

So, PlayStation 4 for me this Christmas I think!

Guest said:

The PS4 looks slightly better than Microsoft's Xbox which looks like a Betamax player

davislane1 davislane1 said:

Sony obliterated Microsoft during their conference. I had been considering skipping this generation entirely (not much time for games anymore), but they've got me excited for this product. We'll have to see how the rest of E3 plays out, but it looks like the Playstation 4 is going to be king of the hill this time around.

cmbjive said:

Sony wins. GG

If they sell it for $499 or less I totally agree.

It's less. They win.

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

I've honestly got no favorites since I barely use current-gen consoles that I own. As for the winner between Xbox and PS, we'll see later this year when customers vote with their wallet.

mccartercar said:

I'm not impressed. If Microsoft hadn't gone with draconian DRM then it would be a close race. Sony only win because they are doing what Microsoft isn't. They didn't have anything revolutionary to show.

It's like they won over the Microsoft fan base but what did they have to offer us they use PC exclusively?

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

I'm not impressed. If Microsoft hadn't gone with draconian DRM then it would be a close race. Sony only win because they are doing what Microsoft isn't. They didn't have anything revolutionary to show.

It's like they won over the Microsoft fan base but what did they have to offer us they use PC exclusively?

In this day of DRM and all-in-one features, the PS4 is quite revolutionary in the fact that it plays games like always... yet with vastly improved graphics and no BS.

m4a4 m4a4 said:

I'm not impressed. If Microsoft hadn't gone with draconian DRM then it would be a close race. Sony only win because they are doing what Microsoft isn't. They didn't have anything revolutionary to show.

It's like they won over the Microsoft fan base but what did they have to offer us they use PC exclusively?

In this day of DRM and all-in-one features, the PS4 is quite revolutionary in the fact that it plays games like always... yet with vastly improved graphics and no BS.

Let me just remind you that there is some BS called "you need ps+ for online multiplayer".

Otherwise, it is still too early to tell what will happen. But unless MS announces something to put them back to par concerning games, Sony has the lead...

Guest said:

It's not like it's actually 100$ cheaper if you want to play multiplayer. You HAVE to cough up money for PS+ if you want to play multiplayer (it's no longer free). The Xbox One comes with a one year membership though, meaning the price difference between the two consoles is 50$. Now, if you're a fan on Kinect, that 50$ more than makes up for it.

oberonqa oberonqa said:

I have to admit I was impressed with the Microsoft press conference. Games like Ryse: Son of Rome and Forza 5 looked really good. I even found myself contemplating making Xbox One my next console purchase....

But then the Sony press conference came... and completely blew me away. I'm not a Sony fanboy by any stretch of the imagination (my PS3 is more of a Blu-Ray player than a gaming console for all intent and purposes)... but combining some really great games with no restrictions AND no online authentication... that sold me. Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy XV sweetened the deal, to be sure... but the system doing everything that Xbox One SHOULD be doing is what ultimately sold me on it.

If Microsoft was smart, they'd backpedal away from their stance regarding used games and online authentication. Yea, they would take some heat for backing down and following Sony (and Nintendo, as WiiU doesn't have any of this nonsense on it either), but they could PR spin it around and make themselves look like they are listening to gamers and putting gamers first.

Of course... this is Microsoft we are talking about. Being smart isn't necessarily something they have a great track record with doing recently. And speaking of track records... let's not forget Microsoft also doesn't exactly have a stellar track record when it comes to first-iteration console hardware. Both the original XBOX and the Xbox 360 launched with issues (overheating in the case of the former and red-ring-of-death in the case of the latter)... who here can honestly say they will buy an Xbox One at $499 without at least considering the possibility they will end up with a $499 paperweight within six months to a year?

1 person liked this | m4a4 m4a4 said:

It's not like it's actually 100$ cheaper if you want to play multiplayer. You HAVE to cough up money for PS+ if you want to play multiplayer (it's no longer free). The Xbox One comes with a one year membership though, meaning the price difference between the two consoles is 50$. Now, if you're a fan on Kinect, that 50$ more than makes up for it.

No it doesn't. It comes with a 14 day membership.

And I can't understand the negativity concerning the Kinect. It seems like a free webcam to me, and lets me be even lazier if I want...

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Since when is it a fact that online multiplayer on PS4 will require PS+? AFAIK it's only been mentioned as a feature of PS+, not a requirement to have it.

Guest said:

"At its E3 press briefing, Sony confirmed that PlayStation 4 will require PlayStation Plus in order to play games online. This is similar to Microsoft's current approach to online gaming with Xbox Live Gold. At the same time, Sony also confirmed that you'll be able to play all single-player games as well as use all media services without subscribing to PS+. Your current PS3 membership will transfer over to PS4."

source: http://www.ign [.] com/articles/2013/06/11/e3-2013-playstation-plus-required-fo
-ps4-online-play

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Well, that's a bummer. I pay for PS+ (got a good deal), but it's definitely worth it IMO. So many free games...

Littleczr Littleczr said:

I am a pc gamer but I am excited for this console. Great work Sony!

2 people like this | Guest said:

Yay PS4 wins over Xbox!

And then PC wins over both ^^.

Happy times; as usual.

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I really couldn't be bothered with any consoles and would never buy one but if I was to choose one, the PS would seem the logical choice for the moment.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Sony hasn't one anything. The may not come out sooner but later than the Xbox. MS has been winning, like it or not, since they entered the console wars. PS2 was big but MS came out when the PS2 had been out awhile and with anything new, dumba** kids will buy.

Both will more than likely do better than their last go around, especially Sony. They need all the help they can get right now. Disaster 2011/2012 with hacking problems. Not to mention not making money on the PS3 for a very long time. Also may even leave the TV business as Samsung is whooping them in that market.

Sony has still got alot to prove. MS doesn't. MS bread and butter is still computers. Gaming division will likely improve alot and already has but they aren't putting all their chips in it, at least not yet. I've never had a console fail on me. Not one. I have owned almost all of them over the years, including a couple of xbox's and xbox360's. Wish I would have kept some of the old ones but always got rid of them to buy the next one lol.

Time will tell which console will win this generations console war. MS won the last gen by a couple of years. Sony was coming on strong after 2010 but that really bad year hurt them and basically cost them any chance at winning the console war.

PS3 never really was precieved very well. Alot of publishers believed it was to complex to deal with. After a few years things changed but that also let MS get way ahead, a lead they never gave up IMO.

The $100 difference is consoles won't matter. Gamers(or should I just say kids ...lol) just don't care. If they feel a game looks and plays better on one vs the other, they will buy, even if its the more expensive one. Afterall, it's the parent's money and most kids get what they want in todays world. I can say that cause how else do u think Activision has made 3 Billion dollars the last 3 CoDs. It sure wasn't cause the games were great. Mom and dad is how. Parents will buy their kids just about anything if it keeps them from screaming/yelling/fighting. Parents want peace but in reality, they just give in and kids get what they want. Which is why both consoles well do very well. To bad they are still years behind what a "gamer" uses, PC.

Guest said:

Looks horrid.

Microsoft have it on looks, features and possibilities. Being more expensive isn't necessarily a bad thing either.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Seems like a good product, or at least judging by all the excitement that surrounds it...

Still, it won't convert PC gamers towards it. It is no longer that expensive having 27" monitor with 2560x1440 that PS4 cannot beat, as it doesn't play games in resolutions better than 1080P. I personally use 30" 2560x1600, and cannot look back on 1080P.

The important thing, PC-s are the closest to adopting 4K in practice, ahead of TV-s. With more games coming out that support 4K and 4K screens getting cheaper quickly, PS4 will remain to be a toy, because this is what it is supposed to be anyway, but it's a nice one, I will give it that

2 people like this | LukeDJ LukeDJ said:

I think that this is relevant here:

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Microsoft, you just got served.

Guest said:

Also quite relevant:

http://www.informationweek [.] com/security/attacks/sony-reports-245-million-more-accounts-
/229402656

PC nerd PC nerd said:

Sony wins. GG

If they sell it for $499 or less I totally agree.

It's selling for $399.

2 people like this | Guest said:

I will buy a Sony PS4 for gaming and a XBOX ONE with kinect for protect the PS4 against thieves

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I think that this is relevant here:

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Microsoft, you just got served.

That just went round my office, best video I have ever seen!

xplayer xplayer said:

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It's not like it's actually 100$ cheaper if you want to play multiplayer. You HAVE to cough up money for PS+ if you want to play multiplayer (it's no longer free). The Xbox One comes with a one year membership though, meaning the price difference between the two consoles is 50$. Now, if you're a fan on Kinect, that 50$ more than makes up for it.

and don't forget Kinect got a full HD Camera, Sony will sell them a cam for at least 50$ and PS4 Move for lets say 50$ so now the price is same!! but to be honest the restrictions on used games and even the Region lock is really annoying me!! this things is okay for America but in other countries its really big problem..

1 person liked this | Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

To everyone above trying to justify the PS4 price as "the same" as the Xbox One's.

Consider this, most people do not want a camera, you might, that's great, have fun with that, but the majority don't and so Sony is saving us money by not bundling it.

Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus are very similar now that it is required for multiplayer gaming however, Xbox Live Gold has been a rip off for the last couple of years and PlayStation Plus has more to it like discounted games and free games, they've been doing this since it was launched! so value there over Xbox as well.

Now onto the main feat, the price for a PlayStation 4 is £350 for an Xbox One it is £430 that's an £80 difference! that's quite alot, considering the PlayStation actually has the more powerful hardware and is a lot less restricted in terms of second hand games and internet connectivity.

They're also approaching Indie Developers, something I haven't seen evidence of on the Xbox One, Indie games are very fun little quirky cheap games that deserve to be heard, by excluding them from the Xbox, they are devaluing the console's ecosystem even more.

Now onto exclusive titles and DLC, This was actually a surprise that Microsoft managed to show as much as it did but Sony still had more to show, had more games in development and more exclusives from very well respected developers.

DLC is neither here nor there, I don't know anyone who would buy a console due to it having a 2 week earlier launch of DLC or exclusive DLC since the game devs are not going to unbalance their own game just for one console. So this doesn't really matter either way.

The last point is streaming services, Social Media and Ease of use.

So far, Microsoft's Xbox One does look very easy to use but we have not seen what Sony have so this is still up for discussion.

Streaming services PlayStation wins as you do not need a subscription to watch Netflix and Youtube which you do on the Xbox, again this makes the PlayStation even better value.

The PlayStation has a dedicated Share button and built-In hardware to share the last 15 minutes of whatever you've been playing, some may use it, some may not, either way, It could prove to be a pretty cool feature and straight to Youtube. The Xbox, well, does it even matter? The above reasons are enough I'm sure Social Media options between the consoles wouldn't sway anyone's mind to buy one over the other!

Guest said:

Actually MS has NOT been winning since they entered the console race. The PS2 clearly outsold the original Xbox. And while the Xbox 360 has outsold the PS3 here in the US, the PS3 has already caught up or surpassed the 360 worldwide.

This generation, I have played my 360 more than my PS3 because the online community was better and that's where all my friends were. However, the PS3 to me still had better exclusives, e.g., Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, God of War.

Both companies had a good run this generation. But like you said at the end, lately I've been leaning more towards playing on my PC although I still can't play FPS shooters with the KBM. I like the lower prices of the PC and the better graphics. However, I will still buy one of the new consoles. And based on what I saw yesterday, it's going to be the PS4.

Mandark Mandark said:

Yeah. Sony wins my dollars this time.

Mandark Mandark said:

Plus. I had not ONE problem with my PS3. First generation device. I upgraded the drive, that's it. nothing ever failed. my xbox, oh my god, I had to have 2 in constant repair rotation until the newer generation came out. so, yeah, I bought THREE Xbox's. Never again MS, and goodbye you GREEDY Draconian bastards.

JC713 JC713 said:

The addition of GDDR5 on the PS4 kicks enough ass for me lol. But wow Sony, you outdid yourself! I might as well go out and by me a Playstation 4. I hope they can get it out by the holiday season though! They didnt announce a date.

Kevin82485 Kevin82485 said:

I'm not impressed. If Microsoft hadn't gone with draconian DRM then it would be a close race. Sony only win because they are doing what Microsoft isn't. They didn't have anything revolutionary to show.

It's like they won over the Microsoft fan base but what did they have to offer us they use PC exclusively?

In this day of DRM and all-in-one features, the PS4 is quite revolutionary in the fact that it plays games like always... yet with vastly improved graphics and no BS.

Let me just remind you that there is some BS called "you need ps+ for online multiplayer".

Otherwise, it is still too early to tell what will happen. But unless MS announces something to put them back to par concerning games, Sony has the lead...

Sorry to sound snarky, but really? You can't afford $5 a month which includes much more than just multiplayer. Free games every month is an awesome feature. I've paid $5 a month for Xbox Live for the past 11 years or so and have had no complaints about their service and Microsoft doesn't even give you free games ever. Stop acting like your getting shafted.

Kevin82485 Kevin82485 said:

It's not like it's actually 100$ cheaper if you want to play multiplayer. You HAVE to cough up money for PS+ if you want to play multiplayer (it's no longer free). The Xbox One comes with a one year membership though, meaning the price difference between the two consoles is 50$. Now, if you're a fan on Kinect, that 50$ more than makes up for it.

What if you already have PS Plus? Then the price difference is still $100.

soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

All I care about is UBIsoft bringing that game The Division to the PC, looks bad ass. Otherwise I will be too busy playing BF4 on PC above 1080p res to care about consoles with my shiny new GTX 780.

JC713 JC713 said:

Sorry to sound snarky, but really? You can't afford $5 a month which includes much more than just multiplayer. Free games every month is an awesome feature. I've paid $5 a month for Xbox Live for the past 11 years or so and have had no complaints about their service and Microsoft doesn't even give you free games ever. Stop acting like your getting shafted.

Arent they gonna give away good titles each month for Gold members now? I would rather have free online services than having a bill on my desk. If you play COD, go xbox, but for most other games, the communities are equivalent on most consoles.

Kevin82485 Kevin82485 said:

Sorry to sound snarky, but really? You can't afford $5 a month which includes much more than just multiplayer. Free games every month is an awesome feature. I've paid $5 a month for Xbox Live for the past 11 years or so and have had no complaints about their service and Microsoft doesn't even give you free games ever. Stop acting like your getting shafted.

Arent they gonna give away good titles each month for Gold members now? I would rather have free online services than having a bill on my desk. If you play COD, go xbox, but for most other games, the communities are equivalent on most consoles.

I believe what Microsoft said was that they will give away 2 free old-ass games a month until the launch of Xbox One. They didn't confirm that they will continue with that. Chances are they will to try and win over some gamers, but they haven't confirmed to my knowledge, that they will continue with the free games beyond November 30th.

JC713 JC713 said:

I believe what Microsoft said was that they will give away 2 free old-*** games a month until the launch of Xbox One. They didn't confirm that they will continue with that. Chances are they will to try and win over some gamers, but they haven't confirmed to my knowledge, that they will continue with the free games beyond November 30th.

Wow until the Xbox one... that is stupid. As for PSN, you will need to pay $5/month for online.

Kevin82485 Kevin82485 said:

Wow until the Xbox one... that is stupid. As for PSN, you will need to pay $5/month for online.

I'm not 100% sure about what Microsoft said, but that is what is stuck in my head. I already have PS Plus, enjoy it, and don't mind paying $5 a month. I mean $5 is so little money if you have a decent job. If not, then skip eating at McDonald's a couple times a month. You'll have the $5 to play for PS Plus and you'll probably be a little healthier for doing so. In the end you should thank Sony for making you eat McDonald's less.

JC713 JC713 said:

I'm not 100% sure about what Microsoft said, but that is what is stuck in my head. I already have PS Plus, enjoy it, and don't mind paying $5 a month. I mean $5 is so little money if you have a decent job. If not, then skip eating at McDonald's a couple times a month. You'll have the $5 to play for PS Plus and you'll probably be a little healthier for doing so. In the end you should thank Sony for making you eat McDonald's less.

Lol yeah. I have no problems with paying $5/month but I would rather not. You know?

Kevin82485 Kevin82485 said:

Lol yeah. I have no problems with paying $5/month but I would rather not. You know?

I hear ya. Times they are a changin', but with how Sony is improving their service with Gaikai, music/video/TV content, and who know what else, it was inevitable.

JC713 JC713 said:

I hear ya. Times they are a changin', but with how Sony is improving their service with Gaikai, music/video/TV content, and who know what else, it was inevitable.

Plus, Sony is a huge film and music publisher while MS isnt. That gives Sony a huge heads up.

Kevin82485 Kevin82485 said:

Plus, Sony is a huge film and music publisher while MS isnt. That gives Sony a huge heads up.

One major advantage that Microsoft is going to have over Sony is the fact that they have way more money to throw around as they have committed $1 billion to game developers for exclusive titles. My guess is that most of these games will be Kinect specific games though, which I have no interest in.

Guest said:

What the actual ****. $400 is equivalent to £256, so why the hell is the UK pricing £350!

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

If you play COD, go xbox

Well no, because you won't be able to trade in your old copy for the new one! xD

1 person liked this | Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

What the actual ****. $400 is equivalent to £256, so why the hell is the UK pricing £350!

I hear ya. Even when UK VAT is added the price is still only £307. It's disgusting.

Thankfully the PS4 is region free so you can import one from the US and save some cash there if you want to.

Got to say well done to Sony for that E3, seriously nailed it hard to Microsoft.

1 person liked this | cmbjive said:

I've honestly got no favorites since I barely use current-gen consoles that I own. As for the winner between Xbox and PS, we'll see later this year when customers vote with their wallet.

It's a bit different for me as I've been a console gamer since the 2600 (trust me, I'm still in my 30s). Sony has gotten the most important thing right, which is the price of the console. $399 vs. $499 is a stark contrast that many people will be able to make without getting into the particulars of the system. Once PS4 gamers start telling fencesitters who are not that tuned into gaming that you don't have restrictions on used games or have to do a 24 online checkin lest your console gets an error and prevents you from playing, I think the PS4 will garner more buyers.

And for those who are really tuned into game, PS4 will be region free, unlike the Xbox One which will be region locked. I'll be shopping much more on Play-Asia and it won't be for their overpriced anime.

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