This is the PlayStation 4

At Sony's E3 2013 press conference, the company has finally unveiled the hardware for the PlayStation 4, after not revealing the design at the original launch event for the PlayStation 4 in February. This is what the console will look like when it hits stores later this year:

It's essentially a big black box that is similar in design to Microsoft's Xbox One, departing from the PlayStation 3's curved design and returning to the hard edges similar to the PlayStation 2. It looks like it has gloss and matte panels, while the rear panel is a combination of vents and all the necessary ports. We can't say the design is particularly surprising, although it's good to finally see the console hardware.

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Oyay everyone, let's spend hours talking about how nice the console that we will shove into some entertainment system and never actually look at appears instead of looking at the games and performance.

This looks like someting a child did in her craft lesson, two chocolate boxes stuck on top of one another with the inner chocolate tray separating them. Like the Ford Ka MK1 it's FUUUUGGGLLYYY!!

I thought the One was ugly until I saw this... still gonna get one though, I don't really care what it looks like in all honesty, plus it's smaller right? It will go on a shelf in my room so I appreciate that.

The original Xbox 360 was the best looking console I think. Although I never had one.

"It's essentially a big black box that is similar in design to Microsoft's Xbox One"

yeah, sure!.

PS4 looks nothing spectacular, in fact it looks generic. However, it is tenfold times better than the xbone that it is painful ugly.

PS4, the glorified doorstop. Why put an angle on it Sony?

Also, Sony the only company what would spend half of their conference mocking MS. Doesn't anyone see that as a very childish act where they're cheaply trying to win public opinion? When did Sony become the company who could do no wrong?

I prefer both over previous generations. Sony keeps some of its 'odd designing' with it. But at least both consoles finally properly fit between other tv equipment.

I think the design team of MS and Sony must have been at the same meeting by accident. They have made their next-gen machines look like siblings.

Extra buttons?
Compared to some desktop games, controllers often seem to lack buttons.
Now they can basically ad some. Or have it display player individual information? You know for those old fashioned 2+people on a couch multiplayer.

Just a few thoughts, probably more things i can see it be usefull for.

I like it. It's simple and just the right kind of angular.

That said, functionality concerns me a bit. It looks like the USB ports are recessed pretty deep so you might not be able to connect all USB sticks without using an extension cable.

I suppose each design has its fans.
Ugly or beautiful, all in the eyes of the beholder.

Black boxes, white one should be planned I guess.
Maybe Sony will do it in many other colors?
Then sometime later PS4 lite then PS4 slim and maybe some Xbox One refresh on MS side.

iron2000 said,
I suppose each design has its fans.
Ugly or beautiful, all in the eyes of the beholder.

Black boxes, white one should be planned I guess.
Maybe Sony will do it in many other colors?
Then sometime later PS4 lite then PS4 slim and maybe some Xbox One refresh on MS side.

May be but what we know about Sony is that Sony have faith in his products while MS sometimes acts impulsively, killing a product in less than a year.

wtf is going on in the tech industry. is noone really having some good taste anymore? first the xbox one design, now this. even worse. and ios 7 the rainbox edition? kinda sad.

WOW, it looks like the world has entered a new error of ugly design. We had that minimalism thing going on, which was cool, but now black boxes with sharp angles seem to be in.

It's 2013. Welcome to the new era of design. I think it looks great. Better than any previous PlayStation. Mirror/polished finishes (fingerprint magnets) are so 2000s.

Look at all the Microsoft fanboys above making a racket because they know this looks better than the Xbox One! I think it's brilliant design from Sony - robust, sleek and modern.

We're making a racket because of the sheer hypocrisy being demonstrated by you and the other Sony fanboys. The consoles look very very similar. Both have a rectangular design with lots of right angles and a two tone colour scheme. The only difference is that the PS4 looks slightly deformed with it's parallelogram effect on the side profile. This is fact, not fanboyism.

Regarding the controller though, X1 clearly has the advantage here. It's widely acknowledged that the 360 had the best controller, and the X1 controller further refines that. The PS4 control looks awful.

Making a racket cause they look the same? haha, really...

http://www.neowin.net/images/u...x-one-console-with-logo.jpg
for reference, a square box.
This is a similar square box, but still very different.

But cause its both black, both consoles look very similar....

PS3 fatboy must look similar to the old Xbox too.

This Playstation has a lot of design features from previous playstations, the PS2, PS2 slim, PS3 fatboy and even the PS3 slim and PS3 slimmest.

Where as the XBO's design features seem to be coming from 90s satalite receivers.

Also its not widely accepted anywhere besides in the US, that the 360 controller is better then PS3 controller. Maybe in your world.
But you seem to make your personal opinion a fact on a regular basis.

Nono, not fanboyism at all.

Many people give their personal opinion. There's nothing wrong with that. I'm not one who thinks a product is better just because it's got a Microsoft logo on it (which seems to be the case with the many here). I'm prefer gaming on a PC myself.

I can't state whether one is better than the other until I have tried both. Pictures/videos are useless.

If you hate the Xbox, this console is beautiful!
If you hate the Playstation, this console is ugly!
If you have common sense, you'll note that they share some design elements and hopefully you can have your own taste in aesthetics without someone else on the internet deciding for you.

ok you may not like the X1 look, but if you don't like that, you can't possibly like this. It's the same thing only deform.. I mean a trapezoid.

Well… I'm gonna be the first one to say it. The XBOX One is ugly… and the PS4 is ugly!

I hate that console, but the Wii U remains the best looking new-gen console…!

myxomatosis said,
Well… I'm gonna be the first one to say it. The XBOX One is ugly… and the PS4 is ugly!

I hate that console, but the Wii U remains the best looking new-gen console…!

When you say Wii U, you mean old-gen, right? lol

I think most people would consider the wii u as next-gen/current-gen. It was just released a few months ago and is meant to compete with next-gen consoles.
Sh*ty hardware doesn't make it a last-gen console. some people are happy with the simple games and hardware the wii u provides. even though it is a lack luster.

Sorry but no. The Wii U isn't even in the same boat race as the X1 and PS4. It's barely as powerful as the 360. What determines a generation is how games look on the console, and in that regard the Wii U speaks for itself against the superior consoles.

Nothing really determines the next generation.
Usually its the time period major consoles are launched in. And this can be more then a few months apart. The X360 and PS3 were a year apart, the Wii-U and PS4/XBO seem to be about a year, a little over from eachother.

And its certainly not just graphics that determine a generation, maybe for the shallow gamers.

And its not important anymore what specific target market they go for, since the Wii/Wii-U's target audience clearly was not the same as the PS3/X360 target audience.

And if console superiority is solely based on graphics... haha, then Sony won every generation they competed in (regardless of sale numbers) and Nintendo has been a generation behind ever since the NES.

I could give a rats ass what it looks like. I care about the games I can play on it and online capabilities it adds. If it lessens the price stick it in a shoebox. People could hype up a turd.

Doesn't look too bad.
A tad bit too weird looking for me, but would still look good in my TV stand.
At least it doesn't look like a toy.
Nice to see these consoles (XBOX ONE and PS4), looking more like media/TV components.

Lol, sheep indeed. Beno has no idea about the quality of the console. All he's seen is a black two tone box on a screen.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
The console reminds me of a PS2. I think the controller looks ugly but that may change when I get a chance to actually use it.

+1 on both comments

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
The console reminds me of a PS2. I think the controller looks ugly but that may change when I get a chance to actually use it.

The controller will still look as fugly after you've used it.

TCLN Ryster said,

The controller will still look as fugly after you've used it.


If you find it very useable, your taste might change and favor the 'ugly duckling'.

Seeing as they both run AMD APU's it wouldn't surprise me if AMD made some "Suggestions" to both parties. Kind of like Intel's layout for Ultrabooks.

looks like the Xbox One & PS2 mated and produced this. I hope they've worked on the heating as that box is smaller than the One, and the hardware in theory should run hotter

They obviously put so much time into designing a perfect looking console they probably over looked how to keep the hardware cool. those fools. you just prevented a disaster.

tytytucke said,
They obviously put so much time into designing a perfect looking console they probably over looked how to keep the hardware cool. those fools. you just prevented a disaster.

You speak like this doesn't happen...

Considering how ridiculously similar the consoles look, it'll be funny to see all the people claim that the ps4 looks "so much better" than the xbox one. Honestly, imo, those weird angles that stupid curve make it look quite a bit worse than the xbox. Oh well.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
How does it look anything like the Xbox One???

They both look like two tone black rectangles from the front? Do the math.

The only difference is the parallelogram effect you only see from the side.

Should look at the PS3 slim then, 2 tone black. Glossy and matte.
PS3 fatboy was 2 tone as well.
PS2 slim was also 2 tone.
So yeah, totally looks like the XBO, and not like previous Playstations at all!

MeowPurr said,

What? The XbOne is definitely better.

11 upvotes?. (unless it is a sarcasm) Truly Neowin is filled with astroturfer / ms employees, specially when some people is pro a draconian DRM.

Brony said,
Truly Neowin is filled with astroturfer / ms employees

Wow, anyone who disagrees with you *obviously* works for Microsoft. Brilliant.

Brony said,

11 upvotes?. (unless it is a sarcasm) Truly Neowin is filled with astroturfer / ms employees, specially when some people is pro a draconian DRM.

What do you expect? Neowin is (was?) a site originally setup as a news source, discussion forum for all things Windows.

Brony said,

11 upvotes?. (unless it is a sarcasm) Truly Neowin is filled with astroturfer / ms employees, specially when some people is pro a draconian DRM.

I love how all you anti-Microsoft fanfreaks are throwing the words "draconian" and "shill" around as if they were just invented.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Because it does.
This looks nothing like a VCR.
Please learn to use a search engine and re-evaluate your interpretation of a VCR.

Mulsivaas said,
Please learn to use a search engine and re-evaluate your interpretation of a VCR.

Find one picture of a VCR that looks like this.

I'd say it looks more like a mixture of the PS2 and PS3. Square like the 2, glossy from the ps3.

I like it, and the one's design, It's a box to let me play games, not a piece of art I'm going to mount on my wall

Yep ... that is one sexy network switch ... oh wait ... it's PS4 ...

slapfacemcdougal said,
That's a damn fine looking console. Looks better than the VCR/DVR combo that is Xbox.

If you like the PS4 design you will love the XBOX One! Wow huge mistake from Sony. Now it looks like they are ripping off Xbox as well!

MDboyz said,
Yep ... that is one sexy network switch ... oh wait ... it's PS4 ...

haha best comment I read all day

And the difference is that it's on-end; is this in ANY way/shape/form (except for the beveled front) any different than the XB ONE/XB360/PS2 design? Puh-lease. Actually, I'm glad to see a minimalist design out of Sony (basically, a return to the minimalist design ala PS2). Game consoles need not be art statements (let alone FASHION statements).

Xbox One - VCR
PS4 - Network switch? (how so?)
Wii U - External 3.5" HDD

The new consoles are 'game consoles in disguise', more than meets the eye

slapfacemcdougal said,
That's a damn fine looking console. Looks better than the VCR/DVR combo that is Xbox.

Wow, fanboy trolling much? lol

The looks are almost the same, both have a rectangle design with many right-angles and sharp edges, with a two tone colour design. The only difference is the slight parallelogram effect on the PS4. You can't credibly call one "damn fine looking" while condemning the other.

People demand simple, stackable designs.
Get them, complain the designs are too simple and plain.

Simple, stackable designs with minimal lighting and easy access to buttons and ports should be all that you need.

How do you want you console to look? Some weird design with so many LEDs when you turn it on it looks like the Mothership is landing in your lounge room?

compl3x said,
People demand simple, stackable designs.
Get them, complain the designs are too simple and plain.

Simple, stackable designs with minimal lighting and easy access to buttons and ports should be all that you need.

How do you want you console to look? Some weird design with so many LEDs when you turn it on it looks like the Mothership is landing in your lounge room?

Hahaha spot on, people have been asking for this for years and when they get it they make 80's VCR jokes lol

iron2000 said,
Both Xbox One and PS4 look good to me.
The Xbox One is a bit more conservative while the PS4 has more personality.

Agreed, no more bubble plastic designs is a great thing.