August 21, 2013
Sony Announces PlayStation 4 Will Land On Store Shelves November 15
Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
At this week’s Gamescom trade show in Germany, video game giant Sony announced that its next-generation video game console will land on store shelves in November. On Tuesday Sony announced that the PlaySation 4 will launch in North America on November 15, and in Europe on November 29.
The PlayStation 4, which Sony officially unveiled earlier this year, will sell for $399.
“We’re pleased to have some of the final pieces of the puzzle coming together for consumers to make their decisions,” Sony Computer Entertainment America president and CEO Jack Tretton told USA Today's Brett Molina in a post press conference interview. “We are very excited about the fact that we have 180 games in development and that there will be over 30 of them available on shelves before the end of the holiday season.”
Sony further announced that 15 disc-based titles will be available between the November 15 launch and the end of the year and, including games available via digital download. The company plans to make in excess of 30 titles available for the system.
These will include original properties developed by Sony, as well as numerous games from third-party publishers such as new offerings from Activision, including the latest Call of Duty and Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 4. Previously unannounced titles included Shadow of the Beast, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and Minecraft. The latter has already been a hit on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console and the PC.
Even with these new offerings Sony will not exactly have this holiday season to itself however.
While rival Nintendo launched its Wii U last holiday season, this year will also see the launch of Microsoft’s new Xbox One – the first new console from the Redmond, Washington-based software giant in eight years
That new system was officially unveiled at an event at Microsoft’s Redmond campus in May three weeks prior to its annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) press conference in Los Angeles. Microsoft has announced that it will launch its system in 13 countries sometime in November.
Both Sony and Microsoft have been slowly revealing details for their respective next-generation video game systems, perhaps to build expectations but also to avoid any missteps up to the launch and to gauge consumer reaction. Microsoft has already backed away from requiring an always-on connectivity after negative reaction from gamers.
Microsoft has also garnered attention for the fact that its Xbox One will cost $100 more than Sony’s PS4.
Both systems arrive as sales of video games have fallen – with some analysts noting that the lack of new hardware is partially to blame, but with games also being available on mobile and tablet devices the market has experienced some cannibalization in recent years.
While both Sony’s new PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One are expected to be big hits this holiday season,they could easily be in great demand and short supply, as has happened in years past when new systems arrive on the market. The question is, can these systems achieve the same level of success as their predecessors?
Even with 30+ titles in the pipeline, Sony might not be able to wow gamers beyond the hardest of the hardcore.
“Sony has made fantastic progress as it prepares to release the PS4, but the console still lacks a show-stopping exclusive game,” Rob Crossley, associate editor at the Computer and Video Games news site, told the BBC on Tuesday.