PS4 Release Date - The Countdown Begins
Playstation 4 Release Date November 15th, 2013
(International Dates Updated Below)
The PlayStation 4 will launch November 15th, 2013 in the United States & Canada, on November 29th, 2013 in Europe, Australia, and Latin America!
For readers in other parts of the world, the release dates are a bit more staggered.
For Asia regions, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, the PS4 will launch in the middle of December 2013.
For Japan, the PS4 will launch February 22, 2014.
For India, the release date has yet to be determined through sources state the PS4 won't be released this year at all in the country.
For China, more specifically Hong Kong, the PlayStation 4 will release on December 17th for about 3380 HK dollars, which roughly translates to about $483.
The Middle East now has an official release date of December 13th, 2013.
Other regions: TBA
As we come to the last remaining months of the PlayStation 3's life as Sony's main console, we can reflect on how it was a good ride overall. The system brought us great amounts of joy; who can forget The Last Of Us, Uncharted or InFamous? However, the system also brought us pain in the form of hacked accounts and firmware troubles but everyone can agree the good outweighs the bad. Now that the PlayStation 4 has officially been announced, we wave goodbye to the PlayStation 3 and welcome the PS4 with open arms. There is just one problem: we don't know the release date.
— PlayStation Mid East (@PlayStation_ME) August 20, 2013
We know the PS4 specs, and what impressive specs they are. We know what to expect in terms of games and online features. Yet that pesky release date still eludes us, just slightly out of grasp. We can even preorder the system, putting our hard earned cash to be the first to receive it on an unknown date.
Let's take a look at past events in not only the PlayStation 4's short history, but PlayStation history as a whole, to see if we can't figure out when the mythical release date will be.
When does the PS4 come out? The Question Everyone Wants the Answer To...
As a result, the question on everyone's mind is, when will the PlayStation 4 come out and see the light of day?!?!? Sony has officially said "Holiday 2013" which means we will have a chance to play that Playstation 4 this year! This follows the trend of Sony's previous console generations. The PlayStation 1 was first released in late 1994 in Japan and 1995 throughout the rest of the world. The PlayStation 2 hit stores in 2000, giving the PS1 a retail shelf life of 6 years from its Japanese launch. Likewise, the PlayStation 3 came out in 2006, 6 years after the release of the PS2. Following this trend that Sony has established it was not a surprise that Sony officially announced the Playstation 4 on February 20th 2013 in NYC.
Both the PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2, which dominated their generations of the console wars, came to market at the same time or earlier than their competition. The PlayStation 1 was launched just after the Sega Saturn, and well before the Nintendo 64, while the PlayStation 2 was released before both the Xbox and Nintendo Gamecube.
This enabled Sony to get a head start on the competition and gave developers time to build their skills at developing games for the console, to the point that even as more powerful consoles came after, games released on the older system were just as good technically, providing no real incentive for players to move to the new consoles.
This same effect has worked against the PlayStation 3 to some extent, as though considered to be far more powerful than the Xbox 360, the one year head start the 360 received has allowed developers to more quickly maximize the system's potential, resulting in games that rivaled games on the PS3 when it released. Only as the system's life spans come to an end will we likely see the PlayStation 3 come out with games that clearly trump what the 360 can do graphically.
Now we can all rejoice since the PS4 is official and will be coming out in 2013. The question is will you be ready for it? Let us know what you think. Feel free to comment below. You can also join our PS4 forums to voice your opinion on everything PlayStation 4.
PlayStation 4 set for Holiday 2013 Release
(On February 20th 2013 at 6PM EST) Sony officially announced the Playstation 4 to the cheer of millions of gamer's worldwide. The PS4 news conference was packed with features, games and more about the PS4. Most importantly it ended with one very important message "Holiday 2013". Start saving money now (See PS4 Price), the PS4 is coming!
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PS4's at Amazon waiting to be shipped:
Greatness has arrived. Will it be coming to you? pic.twitter.com/Iaa69nfOhr
— Amazon Video Games (@amazongames) November 8, 2013
August 20th - Official PS4 Release Date Announcement:
On August 20th, 2013 @ Gamescom Sony announced the official PS4 Release Date which is November 15th, 2013 in the United States and November 29th, 2013 in Europe! Gamers around the world rejoiced! What do you think, post your comments below.
August 5th, 2013 Update - Will the PS4 Release In December 2013?
According to BT, yes! The website is claiming to have the inside scoop on the PlayStation 4 release date, claiming that the system will land on:
December 13th, 2013
BT claims that after a Toys R Us website listing in the UK announced this date, a customer service representative for the company confirmed this date with them personally.
But slow down: BT has now contacted the leading toy retailer a second time only to hear that the release date is in fact not official, only that it's the company's best guess.
What do you think? December 2013? Earlier? Let us know in the comments!
June 20th, 2013 Update - Our Best Release Date Guess
E3 2013 has come and gone and while we now know pretty much all the PlayStation 4's technical specifications, the look of the system, the cost, and most of the games, we still don't know the most important part: the release date, or do we?
A photo has appeared, courtesy of NeoGAF User Cyborg, that shows signage from a Media Markt store in Amsterdam, Netherlands with an actual release date printed on it: November 13, 2013. Could we see the system hit the United States at around the same time as Europe? Possibly! This date, or anything close to it, would seem to make sense as it puts the release date before the infamous "Black Friday" (November 29th), which is the busiest day of the year for retail stores, and is followed by "Cyber Monday" (December 2nd), the busiest day of the year for online stores.
Even though the system is available to preorder, an official announcement about the release date still eludes us. What is Sony waiting for?
We at PS4 Experts have had enough of waiting so here is our own idea of when the release is happening: late October / early November.
We already know that Watch Dogs will be available at the system's launch, and the game officially comes out November 19th, 2013 for past generation systems. Expect to see the PS4 a few weeks before this date, possibly at the end of October. We are all looking forward to when the PS4 comes out, our gaming lives will be changed forever!
First the Assassin's Creed IV team, now Naughty Dog possibly spills the beans in regards to an October 2013 release date.
Unlike Jean Guesdon, who was direct in his approach, Naughty Dog takes a different approach by what could be a subtle reference to the PS4 release date. This hint is found in their newest game The Last Of Us, one of the last titles to be released for the PlayStation 3.
In a recent trailer for the game, Joel and Ellie come across a sign that states "Mandatory Evacuation Notice: 10/17/2013." While many might think this was just a date chosen at random, could this in fact be Naughty Dog releasing the PS4 date in secret to its fans? After all, Naughty Dog is one of Sony's top developers so it's likely they are privy to such knowledge.
We've put the image below for your viewing pleasure! Let us know in the comments if you think this date is for real or just a joke by Naughty Dog.
Our first clue for an October 2013 release date was from members of the Assassin's Creed IV team, namely Jean Guesdon, who stated that the game will ship out on the PS4 at the same time as the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions: November 1st. This infers the system would need to be out before the game releases. However, The Sun claims to have heard from Sony CEO Andrew House himself that the system will definitely be hitting in October for 300 pounds, which translates to $450 -- another number we've heard come up again and again in regards to price.
Keep in mind that The Sun wasn't directly quoting Andrew House, only that he had made these comments to them. There is always the possibility of The Sun interpreting broad statements House made or misinterpreting the information altogether (or, to be a bit more cynical, fabricating data to sell papers), so we'll still have to wait for an official Sony statement for the actual release date.
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