As it was rumored, Sony aims to launch the PS4 during the holiday season. This is an ideal time, since children and adults will be in a restive mood, and will have time to try some of the games available. During a video game conference held annually in Germany, Gamescom, Sony might be hard-pressed to announce the launch date.
Sony has already unveiled the features and price of the new console, but now after dilly-dallying on the release date, the Japanese tech giant has finally announced the new PS4 release date.
The new Sony PS4 will be released on November 15th. People can however make their pre-orders on various sites on the Internet that sell game consoles. The device will be first available in North America and then within two weeks time even European game enthusiasts will be able to purchase the device.
The release date of Xbox One has not been yet announced by Microsoft. However, recent rumors predict that the much awaited gaming console will be out on November 8. If this comes true, both the devices will compete head-on with each other. This will see a great competition emerge as each tries to win the major share of gamers. However, this is attributed to new game players, since those who upgrade tend to stay with the same company.
During the June Electronic Entertainment Expo, Sony endeared itself to many game players by placing their unit at a lower price to Microsoft’s Xbox One. The PS4 will retail at $399, while the Xbox One at $499. There will be looser management of digital rights in all games that are given with the Xbox One. This loose arrangement was arrived at after Microsoft tried to control the trading, exchange, or resale of game discs. This unpopular set of rules has now been reversed and the discs can now be traded under less strict terms.
The PS4 should be ready to take advantage of the fact that the Xbox one is being launched in 13 of the 21 original markets. It is as yet to be seen if Sony will take advantage and launch its PS4 in the countries that will be left out of the initial launch by Microsoft. It would certainly augur well for the company, given that the PS4 is also cheaper than the Xbox One. This means that people will prefer to take the cheaper PS4, rather than wait for Microsoft to re-launch the costlier Xbox One at a later date.
The Sony PS4 comes with supports both DVD and Blu-ray discs. It also supports game DVR and Bluetooth 2.1. It will come housed with 8GB RAM, 500 GB hard disk storage and additional cloud storage. Gamers will be able to chat with other players while the game is running. It will also support live streaming.
Sony has got a wide range of games that have been built mainly for PS4 release such as Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts and many more. The die is cast with each of the giant game console makers aiming to launch their new consoles at the same time. One wonders what happened to Nintendo.