During a Gamescom press conference in Germany, Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 console will launch November 15 in North America for $399 and in Europe on November 29.
In an interview with USA Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America President and CEO Jack Tretton said, “We’re pleased to have some of the final pieces of the puzzle coming together for consumers to make their decisions.”
Tretton also said that there are 180 games being developed for the PS4 and that 33 titles would be out on the console before the end of the year. Of those 33, 15 of them will also be available in physical format. Those fifteen include:
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Skylanders Swap Force
NBA Live 14
Need for Speed: Rivals
Killzone: Shadow Fall
Assassins Creed IV Black Flag
Just Dance 2014
Warner Bros. Interactive
LEGO Marvel Superheroes
Sony walked out of E3 2013 in June as the winner compared to what Microsoft were presenting with the Xbox One at the time. One of the major selling points is a wallet friendly price that is $100 less than the Xbox One. As a result, Sony has already moved one million PS4 in pre-orders.
Also coming with the PS4 is the gameplay live streaming site Twitch not to mention Minecraft. As a way of kicking off the PlayStation 4, Sony said that the PlayStation 3 will be knocked down to a crisp $199 for the 12GB model. Love capacity models for affordable prices have done well in Europe with Jack Tretton pointing to the PlayStation 3 and competitor Microsoft’s 4GB Xbox 360.
On top of that, gamers can get the PS4 version of upcoming Activision titles Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Watch Dogs, and Assassin’s Creed IV for a slashed price if they have already picked up the PS3 version. The price cut will be available for a short time.
Keeping with the price slashing theme, the PlayStation Vita will be knocked down to $199 with the 32GB memory card being available for $79.99 and the 16GB card for $39.99—a $20 price drop. The Vita has needed a price drop for awhile now as it has been trailing heavily behind the Nintendo 3DS as far as handhelds go in addition to battling the popularity of smartphones and tablets.
The PS Vita will also see a portable version of popular shooter RPG Borderlands 2 and the popular indie title Fez.
Will you be picking up a PlayStation 4 in November?