While Sony had already announced the pricing for its next generation console – the PlayStation 4 – the company had not revealed the official launch date. At Gamescom 2013, Sony has revealed that the console will launch on November 15 in the US and Canada, and two weeks later on November 29 it will release in 30 more markets spanning Europe, South America and Australia. This means that Sony has a wider launch for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) than Microsoft s Xbox One which is just launching in 13 countries to begin with. Sony also announced it had received over a million preorders for the PlayStation 4. Also Read - Sony sold over 10 million PlayStation 5 units; now among the fastest selling game consolesAlso Read - Sony PS5 to be restocked on July 26 in India
Importantly, for Indian gamers this means that the PlayStation 4 will most likely be launched in India by December-end as pointed out by Sony itself. Sony India s PlayStation division representatives had previously told BGR India, that the European launch of the PS4 will be matched in India save for delay of a month for logistical reasons. Also Read - PlayStation 5 going on a diet? Retailer leaks lightweight PS5 in works
Even Sony India s country head for PlayStation, Atindriya Bose was quoted saying That s this year when he was asked about the PlayStation 4 launch in India. The company maintained that if the console was launched in late-December then a 2013 launch would have been impossible, but then the console would arrive in early 2014.
Of course, we are still waiting to hear from Sony India to officially confirm the launch date in India, but the chances of the console arriving in India this year look more likely than ever.
In stark contrast, the Microsoft Xbox One will probably launch in India in the latter half of 2014, which will give the PlayStation 4 a massive head start in India. Adding to its advantage is the cheaper $399 price of the console as against $499 of the Xbox One. Even technically speaking, the PS4 has more powerful internals if one is just looking at the gaming aspect of the console.
The countries that will receive the PS4 in the first wave include – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom from Europe. From Latin America the PS4 will launch in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Peru. Apart from this there is the US, Canada and Australia.
Besides this Sony is also promising 33 new titles for the PlayStation 4 by the end of the year. This will include 15 Blu-ray titles that include NBA2K14, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Skylanders: Swap Force, Need for Speed: Rivals, Battlefield 4, Madden 25, Fifa 2014, NBA live, KillZone: Shadow Fall, #DriveClub, Assassins Creed: Black Flag, Watch Dogs, Just Dance 2014, Lego Marvel superheroes and Knack which has been developed by Mark Cerny himself, the system architect for the PlayStation 4.
In the meanwhile we have reached out to Sony India for a comment on the official launch details of the PlayStation 4 in India, and we will update the post accordingly.