Sony’s Playstation 4 is going to be launching globally by the end of 2013. This was confirmed by GameStop CEO Michael Hogan after reports began to surface that some parts of the world would have to wait until early 2014 for the next generation console.
During a conference call with investors, Hogan said that “We know that Sony will introduce the PlayStation 4 globally in 2013.” Hogan added that his company still wasn’t sure what Microsoft was going to be doing this year.
Sony had already unveiled the PS4 in February, and it had promised that the console would be going live in North America by the end of this year. GameStop seems to be doing Sony one better by saying that next gen device will be available in multiple markets by the time 2013 winds down.
Other retailers across Europe have also been claiming that they would see the device before the calendar turned to 2014, so these comments actually line up quite well with what has been said before.
It seems that most of the talk about the newest console not being available in Europe was a matter of nerves more than anything else. While Sony did leave off mention of a Europe launch in its announcement, that seems to be more of a sin of omission more than some kind of foreshadowing.
The PS4 is expected to cost around $400 and will have a couple of features that could help set it apart. Headphones and a large harddrive are just two features the device is said to sport. Wireless controllers that can actually charge while the system is in standby could come in handy as well.
Some people have already declared the PS4 the loser in the next generation console wars to the Microsoft Xbox 720. In order to actually win this new war, the 720 has to actually be announced, and Microsoft is certainly taking its time with that.
Are you excited about the Playstation 4 launching globally this year?