Nowgamer.com has an article that talks about the rumors going around that the PS4 will launch October 21st, 2013. If true this could be a big move by Sony.
A “mod-verified” poster on neoGAF stated that he works with a retail background privy to release dates, so they can get their instore merch plans setup. He noted that in a recent internal memo they had an “unknown Sony Console” launching on Oct 21st. And that in the recent past new consoles were labeled as such, also noted that if a release date has not been confirmed from the manufacturer it simply lists TBA.
Keep in mind this is only a rumor, however if it turns out to be true it could be a big move for Sony, as they’ll have a full month to restock supplies for Black Friday, after the pre-orders and first day buyers get theirs.
Most likely we’ll get confirmation of this, true or not, at Gamescom next week.
PlayStation Exclusives are in bold. PlayStation And PC only Exclusives are in italics.
* Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
* Basement Crawl
* Battlefield 4
* Blacklight: Retribution [Free-to-Play]
* Call of Duty: Ghosts
* Carmageddon: Reincarnation
* Cyberpunk 2077
* DC Universe Online [Free-to-Play]
* Deep Down
* Destiny of Spirits * Diablo III
* Doki-Doki Universe [Free-to-Play]
* Dying Light
* EA Sports UFC
* The Evil Within
* FIFA 14
* Final Fantasy (Untitled)
* inFAMOUS: Second Son
* Killzone: Shadow Fall
* Lords of the Fallen
* Madden NFL 25
* NBA 2K14
* NBA Live 14
* Need for Speed Rivals
* The Pinball Arcade
* Planetside 2 [Free-to-Play]
* Primal Carnage: Genesis
* Rocketbirds 2: Evolution
* Shadow Warrior
* Silent Enemy
* Skylanders Swap Force
* Sniper Elite 3
* Super Motherload
* Super Stardust (Untitled)
* (Another Housemarque game in development)
* Tiny Brains
* The Walking Dead: Season 2
* War Thunder: Ground Forces [Free-to-Play]
* Warframe [Free-to-Play]
* Watch Dogs
* The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
* The Witness
* Wolfenstein: The New Order
So yesterday both Microsoft and Sony had their keynote conferences yesterday. Early, and continued, reactions to the two is not going well for Microsoft. Thanks to their conference a couple weeks ago we know a bunch of details about the Xbox One (still hate that name) than we do the PS4. So here on Nerditronics we’re going to cover the PS4 announcements first, well that and I don’t like Microsoft, and I’m in charge of the blog!
First off, Sony went into full beast-mode in it’s attack on the Xbox One. If you’re squeamish, might want to look away now. NAW who am I kidding keep reading!
Sony’s first jab to the Xbox One is it’s price, at $399 (In Europe, it’ll be €399 and £349.) PS4 will be priced a full $100 cheaper than Microsoft’s offering. This is a very welcomed change to the $600 launch of the PlayStation 3, which for the record, yes I still paid it. Though it does not appear that this will include the new PlayStation Eye camera.
At the console launch in February Sony didn’t show the actual console, however at E3 they fixed that quickly. I’ll be honest, I’m not psyched about the look, granted it doesn’t look like an old boxy VCR like the Xbox One does, but it does look like an italicized original PS2.
The system will include a 500GB hard drive similar to the X1 (hate that name too), however they’ve already announced that it will be upgradeable similar to the original PS3′s.
Now here’s where it gets a little ugly for Microsoft.
Jack Tretton, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment America said, ”We’re equally focused on delivering what gamers want most, without imposing restrictions or devaluing their PS4 purchases.” Soon after this Sony start launching bombs that were not subtle at all.
Kotaku’s summary of what happened next said it best I think.
“PlayStation 4 won’t impose any new restrictions on the use of PS4 games.” Twenty-second applause break. “When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they have the rights to use that copy of the game, they can trade in the game at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to a friend, or keep it forever.” Twenty-second applause break, with “Sony” chant.
“PlayStation 4 disc-based games don’t need to be connected online to play.” Twelve-second applause break. “If you enjoy playing singleplayer games offline, PS4 won’t require you to check in online periodically.” Eight-second applause break. “And it won’t stop working if you haven’t authenticated within 24 hours.” Ten-second applause break.
These were obviously directly aimed at Microsoft’s ‘clarifications’ the other day, which has not sat well with gamers. Sony knew this and played into it beautifully.
Now all the cheering and brownie-points that Sony gained with the last announcements made this next bit of news go off oddly well:
The PlayStation 4 will now charge for Online Multiplayer, unlike with the PS3. You can pay $50 for a year’s subscription ($4.17-ish per month). However you will get multiple free games for your subscription and it’s good for every PlayStation device.
Now obviously this is very early on, and both systems are VERY far from launch, both slated for Holidays 2013. But at this point if Microsoft backs out on their announced plans they’ll run the risk of dropping more face with the customers by admitting that Sony was “right”. Also there’s no saying that Sony won’t change their mind about certain things between now and then. However as it stands now, Sony is swinging for the fences and Microsoft is leaving itself open for every shot.
Now for one last shot at the Xbox One, Sony released the following video.