16w ago - Following previous rumors and their Gamescom 2013 Press Conference, Sony has officially confirmed that the PS4 / PlayStation 4 release date will be on November 15, 2013 in North America (US and Canada), on November 29, 2013 in Europe and on February 22, 2014 in Japan.
Right from the start of the conference, aspects of the new console's menu system was on display, showing a modified Cross-Media Bar that seemed to focus more on games in related content than multiple static menus and the new controller based keyboard that uses a free-moving crosshair than the current setup.
Additionally, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House confirmed that gamers who have already bought the PS3 version of specific games such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Watch Dogs will be able to purchase the PS4 version for a severely discounted price. Sony did this to "reward gamers for their loyalty" and to ensure the system is as "simple and accessible as possible."
The PlayStation 4 will launch in a total of 32 territories around the world by the end of the year with the PS4 console retailing for $399 / €399 / £349 just in time for the holiday season.
Finally, from Sony VP of Marketing Home Consoles and Handheld Platforms John Koller:
If you watched our press conference at gamescom, you’ve already heard some of the great news we’ve just shared that gamers everywhere have been waiting for. Today, we’re happy to confirm that PlayStation 4 (PS4) will launch on November 15th in the U.S. and Canada - in time for the holidays!
PlayStation fans in Europe and Latin America will also be able to get their hands on a PS4 system on November 29th, so you’ll be able to connect with your friends and fellow gamers worldwide on PS4 this year, taking advantage of all of the deeply integrated social features and incredible gaming experiences that PS4 has to offer.
PS4 truly provides the best place to play. By the end of December, we’ll have 33 titles available for PS4, including NBA 2K14, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Skylanders Swap Force, Need for Speed: Rivals, Battlefield 4, Madden 25, FIFA 14, NBA Live, Killzone: Shadow Fall, #DRIVECLUB, Knack, Assassins Creed IV Black Flag, Watch_Dogs, Just Dance 2014 and Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
We are proud of our relationships with game creators and pleased to be working with nearly 620 developers and publishers from around the world. More than 180 PS4 titles are in development, including Destiny from Bungie, Inc./Activision Publishers, Inc., Mad Max: Fury Road from Warner Brothers, Witcher 3 from CD Projekt, The Division from Ubisoft Entertainment, Dragon Age from Electronic Arts, and also Helldivers and The Order: 1886 from SCE Worldwide Studios – so you’ll have plenty of great games to look forward to in the coming months.
As we’ve previously mentioned, DualShock 4 makes it easy for you to easily edit and broadcast your gameplay using the wireless controller’s “Share” button. That’s why we’re also happy to introduce our new partnership with the popular video platform Twitch, to give you another channel to livestream your gameplay to fellow gamers anywhere in the world.
We can’t wait for November 15th to come so you can get your hands on a PS4 system and see for yourself all of the breakthrough gaming experiences our new platform has to offer. So tell us, how many of you and your friends will be waiting in line on November 15th to get your hands on a PS4? Greatness Awaits!
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If you listen closely to how they worded the announcement of DriveClub being free at E3, they said there will be a "PS+ version of DriveClub free to all PS+ members".
DriveClub retails as a 60$ game. It doesn't make much sense to give the game away for a 50$ year of PS+. What is most likely the case, is that the PS+ version will have some limitations that you will be required to pay money to unlock, hence calling it the "PS+ version" instead of just saying you get a free copy of the game with PS+.
This is just like how on the recent gamescom 2013 stream, the announcer kept saying "This will be exclusive for PS4 *at launch*". What hes basically saying is those games will be exclusive when they release, but will later on release on other consoles.
Sony words things in a very subtle way when it's something that doesn't favor the gamer.
You won't see a price drop anytime soon my friend. The PS4 already launches out the gate being 100$ cheaper than Microsoft's XBOX One package. To further lower the price when it's already lower than the competition at such an early stage in the product's life wouldn't be a wise financial decision.
For all we know they could be losing money to meet that price point. We won't see another revision until at least another 6 months most likely and I'm willing to bet even longer. Do you really want to be left in the dust for that long while everyone else are enjoying the newest games and the improved interface of the PS4?
In my particular case, my PS3 YLoD'd on me, so I'm at a situation where its pointless for me to heavily invest back into another PS3 when the PS4 is releasing so soon. So the sooner I can begin gaming on a PlayStation again the better. I'm sure I'm not the only one who had their PS3 quit on them, even if its only a small portion of the userbase, it still sucks.
In the case of the PS3, those newer, slimmer revisions cut out many nice features, and the design and feel was also much worse, to meet lower price points. Let's see what was cut compared to the original model:
- No PS2 backwards compatibility
- Only 2 instead of 4 USB ports
- No memory card readers
- No touch capacitive buttons for Power/Eject
- Only manual operation to open/close disc tray (most recent models)
- No gloss/chrome finish
As you can see the new models are drastically different from the original models, and the overall features and build quality is much cheaper. The ONLY good thing about these newer systems is that they run cooler due to smaller manufactured chips. The pros end right there.
It boggles me as to why people rush to buy new consoles. You know a newer, slimmer, and most likely cheaper version will be out in a few more months... I'll kindly wait. The games and PSN will still be there.