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PS4 Is Region Free, But Online Multiplayer Requires PS+ Subscription

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Also: PlayStation 4's tech specs posted

Sony Japan employee Brad Douglas reported on Tuesday that the PlayStation 4 will have "no region locking," according to Sony Computer Entertainment public relations. However, the console will require a PlayStation Plus service subscription for online multiplayer games. The subscription is not required for Netflix, media apps, and similar uses. PlayStation Plus will cost 1,300 yen (about US$13) for 90 days in Japan, and US$9.99 or 6.99 Euros for 30 days in those respective regions.

Sony also released more technical specifications for the console itself, its DualShock 4 controller, and its PlayStation Camera:

Product name PlayStation®4 Jet Black
Product code CUH-1000A series
Recommended retail price US$ 399, Canada$ 399, € 399, and £ 349
Main processor Single-chip custom processor
CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation RadeonTM based graphics engine
Memory GDDR5 8GB
Storage size 500GB Hard disk drive*1
External dimensions Approx. 275×53×305 mm (width × height × length)
(tentative, excludes largest projection)
Mass Approx. 2.8 kg
BD/ DVD drive (read only) BD × 6 CAV
DVD × 8 CAV
Input/ Output Super-Speed USBx (USB 3.0) port × 2
AUX port × 1
Networking Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) ×1
IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)
AV output HDMI out port
DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port
Included PlayStation®4 system × 1
Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®4) × 1
Mono headset × 1
AC power cord × 1
HDMI cable × 1
USB cable × 1

Product name DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller
Color Jet Black
Product code CUH-ZCT1
Recommended retail price US$ 59, Canada$ 59, € 59, and £ 54
External dimensions Approx. 162mm × 52mm × 98mm (width × height × depth)
(tentative, excludes largest projection)
Weight Approx. 210g (tentative)
Keys / switches PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button,
Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right),
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square),
R1/L1/R2/L2 button, Left stick / L3 button, Right stick / R3 button, Pad Button
Touch pad 2 Point Touch Pad, Click Mechanism, Capacitive Type
Motion sensor Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
Other features Light Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker
Ports USB (Micro B), Extention Port, Stereo Headset Jack
Wireless communication Bluetooth® Ver2.1+EDR
Battery Type: Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery
Voltage: DC3.7V (tentative)
Capacity:1000mAh (tentative)

Product name PlayStation®Camera
Color Jet Black
Product code CUH-ZEY1
Recommended retail price US$ 59, Canada$ 59, € 49, and £ 44
External dimension Approx. 186mm × 27mm × 27mm (width × height × depth)
(tentative)
Weight Approx. 183g (tentative)
Video pixel (Maximum) 1280 × 800 pixel × 2
Video frame rate 1280×800 pixel @ 60fps
640×400 pixel @ 120fps
320×192 pixel @ 240fps
Video format RAW, YUV (uncompressed)
Lens Dual Lenses, F value/F2.0 fixed focus
Capture range 30cm~∞
Field-of-view 85°
Microphone 4 Channel Microphone Array
Connection type PS4 dedicated connector (AUX connector)
Cable length Approx. 2m (tentative)

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