With the Playstation 4 being announced last February and having its actual design featured at E3 2013, the logical progression of announcements meant that there was a high probability the next-generation consoles release date would be confirmed at Gamescom 2013. This probability eventuated, with Sony Computer Entertainment confirming that the PS4 will launch on the 15th November 2013 in North America and from the 29th November 2013 in PAL regions.
Having sold out of their first shipments in regions such Australia, Andrew House promoted that Sony Computer Entertainment have seen more than one million console pre-orders, with the launch window to see it released in 32 countries – beating the Xbox One’s 13.
One of the biggest issues with both Sony and Microsoft next generation consoles is that they are not backwards compatible with earlier consoles. Sony also announced during their Gamescom conference that they will be holding a game upgrade program, where gamers who own select PS3 games will (Through method X) be able to buy the PS4 digital edition of them once they become available on the new console at a heavily reduced price.
Unfortunately it is not known if this will eventually end up covering games that are not recent releases, as titles hinted are ones such as Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Watch_Dogs which are receiving both current and next-generation releases. Expect to hear more on this program in the coming days, weeks and months until launch.