We now know pretty much all we need to about Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 launch: It’ll be here in mid-November (before Thanksgiving), it costs $100 less than Microsoft’s Xbox One (and $50 more than a Deluxe Wii U) and it looks more or less like a trapezoidal PS2.
When can I pick one up?
November 15 in North America and November 29 in Europe, Australia and Latin America. Other regional launch dates, say in Japan, have yet to be divulged.
How much will it cost?
$399 for the only version announced so far (model number CUH-1000A).
How much will games cost?
By all accounts, games will average what they did last generation: $60 for mainstream titles, less for indie stuff, more — typically a lot more — for souped-up limited editions.
The launch model comes with a 500GB user-upgradeable hard drive (Sony notes some of that space is used for system files), 8GB system memory, a Blu-ray drive, a custom AMD APU (CPU and GPU combined) reportedly designed to streamline game development, optical and HDMI outputs, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, an up to 1000BASE-T Ethernet port, two USB 3.0 ports, a port for the PlayStation Camera, a DualShock 4 controller (with USB cable), a mono headset, an HDMI cable and the power cord.
How about its dimensions?
Important for entertainment center detail wonks, though if you’re planning to cram this beast into a tiny ventilation-challenged space, well, I certainly wouldn’t: 10.7 inches wide by 2.1 inches high by 12 inches long, and it weighs about 6.2 pounds.
When can I preorder one?
It seems that ship may have sailed: While vendors will be more than happy to take your money today, most (if not all) stopped guaranteeing day-one availability in early August. Sony claimed during its Gamescom presser that it’s already pre-sold one million PS4s — more than the total number of PS3s the company sold at that system’s launch back in 2006.
That said, I got an email yesterday from a well-known vendor claiming the console was back in stock, probably based on Sony committing to higher day-one figures. Don’t assume you can’t get one on day one by preordering, in other words, but if you’re not interested in preordering unless a vendor can pass that particular test, be sure to verify what they’ll commit to before pulling the trigger (that, and bear in mind most brick and mortar vendors tend to reserve a certain number for launch day walk-ins, though there’s that pesky wait-in-line-for-hours-if-not-days thing to think about).
How many games will be available at launch?
Assuming no one drops off Sony’s official list, Sony’s named 33 games for “2013” availability, calling it the company’s “strongest lineup ever.” Of those, 15 will be Blu-ray disc-based games, while the remaining 18 will be digital downloads. By “2013,” the company means by December 31 — we haven’t yet received a locked-in, day-one list yet.
What’s on that “2013” list? Here you go…
Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
Basement Crawl *
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Just Dance 2014
Killzone: Shadow Fall *
LEGO Marvel Superheroes
Need for Speed: Rivals
Pool Nation Extreme
Skylanders Swap Force
* PlayStation 4-exclusive
How many PlayStation 4 games are currently in the hopper?
Sony claims “more than 180.” Also, though it’s a hard-to-quantify figure, Sony says that since June, the number of PS4 developers has grown from around 500 to over 600.