Unboxing the PlayStation 4

See what comes packed in with Sony's new console (and yes, you actually get an HDMI cable this time).

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Watch this: Unboxing Sony's PlayStation 4

With the imminent release of the Sony PlayStation 4 console, we can now take a look inside the exact retail box that will be sitting on store shelves starting November 15 (if they're not all sold out, that is).

The box for this 500GB console measures 18.5 inches wide by 4 inches deep by 13 inches high, and weighs 9 pounds. The outside art includes characters from the Infamous and Assassin's Creed games, as well as the (delayed) Watch Dogs.

PS4, unboxed (pictures)

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Inside the box, you'll find a more complete set of accessories than the PlayStation 3 originally included. The initial 2006 PS3 had an A/V cable (yes, a standard-definition cable), an Ethernet cable, an AC power cable, a USB charging cable for the controller, and a single wireless PS3 controller. Also included in many early PS3 retail boxes was a Blu-ray disc, to show off the then-new capabilities of the Blu-ray drive, but later revisions changed the hardware design and accessories.

In the PlayStation 4 box, you get a wireless controller, USB charging cable, and the power cable, but also a simple monaural headset mic and, drum roll please, an HDMI cable.

Check out these items in detail in our unboxing video above, and check back in later this week for our full review of the PS4.