On Tuesday, the new Sony PlayStation 4 release date was finally revealed to gamers anticipating the next generation console. The latest rumors that had been swirling around the PS4 were that it would be launched in November for the U.S. and elsewhere. That has been confirmed as of the Gamescom press event on Tuesday, according to IGN.com in their Aug. 20 report.
The official Sony PS4 release date for the United States will be on Nov. 15, 2013. For those in Europe, the release date is set for Nov. 29, 2013. Reportedly, pre-orders have already surpassed the 1 million unit mark worldwide, with the new gaming system set to be available in 32 different countries around the globe.
Some other key developments arrived during Sony's Gamescom press conference, one of which detailed a special PS3 to PS4 upgrade plan. IGN reported that Sony will allow gamers who buy PS3 versions of the titles Battlefield 4, Assassin's Creed IV, Call of Duty: Ghosts, or Watch Dogs, will be allowed to get digital versions for the Sony PS4 at a "significantly discounted price" once the device is available. Sony named EA, Activision, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. as partners in the program.
Among the other announcements made by Sony on Tuesday for PS4 were the fact that "The Playroom" will come pre-installed on every PS4 device. This is considered an "augmented reality" technology which will use the DualShock 4 light bar and other system functions, as well as the PlayStation 4 Eye camera. Reportedly, it will be similar to what users get on Nintendo Wii in terms of the "sports experience" with movement on games.
Sony also announced a free trial of PlayStation Plus for the new PS4. Anyone who purchases, or has purchased, a Sony PlayStation 4 will receive a free 14-day trial of the PS+ service. The trial will include access to the game Drive Club and Resogun. They also detailed a deal where if gamers purchase a full year of the Playstation Plus service, they'll get an additional 90 days for free. A full year subscription generally costs $50 for the PS Plus service.
The Sony PlayStation 4 now has an official release date, with pre-orders still going on for the console at Amazon.com and many other retailers. The PS4 has a standard price of $399.99 for the console with wireless controller.