During their press conference at Gamescom today, Sony announced that the highly anticipated PlayStation 4 will be coming out on November 15, 2013. Early rumors speculated that the PS4 release date would be on October 21, 2013 and today’s announcement denies this rumor.
There has been much anticipation for Sony’s new console following their February announcement in New York early this year. The event served as a way for the company to present their vision of their new console for the next coming years and to build gamer confidence in the PlayStation brand again. Andrew House, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, outlined this mission at the conference:
“Our vision of the future is consumer centric, developer inspired, and characterized by an unwavering commitment to phenomenal play experiences.”
At Sony’s Pre-E3 press conference in June, Sony announced that the PS4 would be priced at $399, following Microsoft’s announcement of their Xbox One’s pricing earlier that morning at $499, in addition to revealing its final hardware design for the console. Sony further reiterated their pro-consumer stance by also announcing on stage that there will be no DRM on the PlayStation 4 and even released a video aimed right at their competition. As of this writing, the video has garnered over 13,952,821 views since its release.
The news in the weeks leading up to gamescom have been filled with Microsoft trying to gain back consumer confidence by removing DRM from the Xbox One, making Kinect optional, and even going so far as to clarify that you can play your games while downloading – a feature that Sony confirmed to be present on the PS4 back in February. Sony’s announcement of its PS4’s release date today ensures that they have a head start on Microsoft, who have decided to nebulously mark November as the Xbox One’s release date.
Will you be picking up a PlayStation 4 on launch day? Or will you be getting a Xbox One? Or both, like me! Let us know in the comments below!