Sony have unveiled the release date for their new console – the PS4 – and it has been marked down for a November release.
PS4 Release Date Announced At Gamescom
The console is set to go head to head against Microsoft’s Xbox One with both consoles slated for release later this year.
The PlayStation 4 will be available to pick up for North American gamers from November 15 and will be released in Europe a little later on the 29th. That is quite a lengthy two week gap but at least it will be released well in time for Christmas in both continents.
Microsoft have yet to announce a date for their Xbox One console so it will intriguing to see whether they will wait long to follow suit and set down a market for their console too.
PS4 To Retail for 399 and Software Upgrade feature announced
The console itself has been given a $399 price tag in North America, €399 in Europe and £349 in the UK. Early support for the console has been strong with Sony announcing ther has been over 1 million preorders for their latest console.
“The response that we have received has been nothing short of incredible,” said Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House. “We were consistent in maintaining policies that are fair and in tune with consumer desires.”
In other news from Sony at the company’s recent Gamescom expo , they announced a unique “software upgrade” program that will allow gamers who purchased current generation versions of the game’s to upgrade to the PS4 versions for a nominal cost. This will avoid gamers have to fork out double for games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts which is part of the scheme.
It is definitely an interesting idea and it will be intriguing to see whether Microsoft will follow suit.
Launch Lineup Announced
All in all, there has been 33 games announced for the PlayStation four before the end of this year. 15 of these games will be disk-based downloadable titles to make up the remaining.
KillZone: Shadow Fall, Watch Dogs and Drive Club are all slated for launch day releases from November 15. We have yet to find out whether there will be more releases by the time the console is launched in Europe two weeks later stop.
Finally, Sony have announced that new PlayStation 4 owners will receive 14 days of free PlayStation Plus – their subscription service which is required to play most online games and normally retails for circa $50 a year.