Video game fanatics anxious to get their hands on the latest console can finally pencil in a date on their calendar as Sony has announced plans to drop its Playstation 4 this November.
Barring any setbacks, the follow-up to 2006’s Playstation 3 is expected to hit store shelves just in time for Thanksgiving.
Moments ago at PlayStation’s lengthy GameCom 2013 conference, Sony has revealed the official launch date for the PlayStation 4. On Friday November 15th, the PlayStation 4 will launch first in North America at $399. Two weeks later on November 29th, the European audience will be receiving the PlayStation 4 at a price of their own at £349. In related news, Microsoft opted not to reveal the Xbox One date and see what Sony’s first move would be. We’re “expecting” to see the Xbox One’s launch on November 5th, to release with Call of Duty: Ghosts. For now, Sony is positioned this year to have the biggest holiday release due to the $399 price ($100 less than its Xbox One competitor) and Nintendo’s lack of main AAA releases. (Free OnSmash)
A list of titles slated to launch with the Playstation 4 have already been announced.
Sony says 15 disc-based titles will be available between launch and the end of the year. Including digital downloads, Sony says 33 games will be ready by the end of the year. The list of retail games coming to PS4 for its launch: NBA 2K14 (2K) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision) Skylanders Swap Force (Activision) Need for Speed: Rivals (Electronic Arts) Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts) Madden 25 (Electronic Arts) FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts) NBA Live 14 (Electronic Arts) Killzone: Shadow Fall (Sony) #DRIVECLUB (Sony) Knack (Sony) Assassins Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft) Watch Dogs (Ubisoft) Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft) LEGO Marvel Superheroes (Warner Bros. Interactive) (USA Today)
To help consumers out, Sony will also provide various options to cut down costs.
Also, players who buy copies of upcoming games Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV and Watch Dogs can upgrade to a PS4 version for a reduced price. The option is available for a limited time. Meanwhile, the Vita’s price tag will get slashed to $199, and will include a “significant” price cut for accompanying memory cards, says Sony Computer Entertainment Europe President and CEO Jim Ryan. The price cut will apply to all models of the Vita. Memory card prices will be slashed between $5-$20. For example, the 32 GB memory card will fall from $99.99 to $79.99, while the $16 GB drops from $59.99 to $39.99. (USA Today)
Gamers living outside of the United States will have to wait a couple weeks after November 15 to get their consoles.
Sony will release PlayStation 4 on Nov. 15 in the United States and Canada and in Europe and Latin American countries beginning Nov. 29, it said today at the Gamescom expo in Cologne, Germany. The European countries currently scheduled to get PS4 before 2013 is out include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Sony did not specify which of these countries would get it first. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Peru will also get PlayStation 4 on Nov. 29. (Wired)