The PlayStation 4 release date for US and Canada is set to November 15 and the PS4 release date for European countries has been set to November 29. When is the gaming console from Sony going to release in the home country? You will be surprised to know that Sony plans to launch the PS54 in Japan three months after it hits the US markets.
The PlayStation 4 release date for Japanese markets has been scheduled to February 22nd, 2014. The PS4 along with the PlayStation camera will cost 41,979 yen which is equivalent to $399. Also, it is the first time Sony Corp has announced the release date and price for Japan.
Right from the time first gen PlayStation was launched, the company had launched the gaming console first in the home country and then it was made available to the other countries. The reason provided by Sony for delaying the PS4 release in Japan is that they want to make ensure enough stock of the gaming console is available for the home country. However, tech experts feel that the demand for PlayStation is dwindling in the home country.
Out of the total original PlayStation devices that were sold globally, 18.6 percent of them were sold in Japan. When the PS3 released globally, 14.7 percent sales were achieved in Japan. The stats also showed that one third of the total sales of both original PlayStation and PS3 were accounted in US.
The Xbox One is going to arrive a week later than the Nov 15 PS4 release date. The Xbox One is scheduled to launch on November 22. The Xbox One is going to release in 13 countries. However, even Microsoft has delayed the release date of Xbox One for Japanese markets. If you look at the history of Xbox in Japan, you would certainly know that the Xbox has failed to perform well in Japan.
Both the companies, Sony and Microsoft are doing their best in highlighting the best features of their gaming consoles. Microsoft is advertising the device as a complete family entertainment device as it let users play games as well as watch television content through it. Sony is solely promoting its device as a gaming console with better online features like saving and uploading video clips from game play.
The competition between the two gaming consoles is getting hotter and hotter. Which one do you think outshine the other? Do let us know your views.