We may have some encouraging news for consumers in Europe who are anxiously sweating out over Sony’s continued silence on whether the highly anticipated PS4 console will be out in 2013, or if the company will make UK and other EU countries wait until early 2014 instead.
At the moment, Sony has only committed to releasing their next-generation console in the US, with a release date planned during the 2013 Holiday Season. October 31st has been a potential date rumored for the launch, but it looks like we will have to wait until the showpiece E3 2O13 conference in June to get a confirmed answer on this.
If history repeats itself, European gamers may be set for a huge disappointment. The PS3 launched in November 2006 in Europe and Japan, but UK consumers and countries in Europe had to wait exactly five months to get their hands on the console. If Sony are planning to pull a similar stunt, then it could mean that the PS4 doesn’t launch in Europe until March 2014 – which obviously doesn’t bear thinking about.
But there is a glimmer of hope. A GameStop executive has been recently quoted as saying that the Sony PS4 will have a global launch in 2013. Michael Hogan has been speaking in a conference call to analysts when he apparently shared these exact words:
“We know that Sony will introduce the PlayStation 4 globally in 2013.”
There’s a danger that the infamous ‘fiscal’ term could come into play here, but let’s hope that he has let slip a great sigh of relief for EU gamers and that Sony’s next console will indeed be out before Christmas. It will be a painful watch if those in the UK have to sit and watch, as US consumers play the likes of Assassin’s Creed 4 and Battlefield 4 at launch – five months earlier than when they’ll get to play it.
What are your predictions on the PS4 release schedule? Are you fearing that Sony will follow the same five month pattern between EU and US releases, or will they make it a global launch this time around?