Sony Computer Entertainment has announced the launch date of Sony PlayStation 4 game console on its domestic market. As expected, Japan will see the PS4 almost three months later than the rest of the world, in mid-February, 2014. The next generation computer entertainment system will launch on February 22, 2014, in Japan at a recommended retail price (RRP) of ¥41979 ($418).
19 software titles developed by SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) and software developers and publishers, will be released in Japan concurrently with the launch of the PS4 system. In addition to these titles, more than 23 titles are currently under development. A total of more than 51 upcoming titles are expected to be released for PS4 in Japan.
Furthermore, “PlayStation 4 First Limited Pack” and “PlayStation 4 First Limited Pack with PlayStation Camera” will be released as a limited offer in Japan, concurrently with the launch of PS4, at a RRP of ¥41979 ($418) and ¥46179 ($460) respectively. The packages include free Knack video game. Retailers handling PS4 will begin accepting pre-orders from October 5, 2013.
Sony PlayStation 4 is based on a semi-custom AMD Fusion system-on-chip that integrates eight AMD x86 Jaguar cores, custom AMD Radeon HD core with unified array of 18 AMD GCN-like compute units (1152 stream processors which collectively generate 1.84TFLOPS of computer power that can freely be applied to graphics, simulation tasks, or some mixture of the two), various special-purpose hardware blocks as well as multi-channel GDDR5 memory controller. The PS4 will come with 8GB of unified GDDR5 memory sub-system (with 176GB/s bandwidth) for both CPU and GPU as well as large-capacity hard disk drive.
Sony PS4 will be equipped with Blu-ray disc drive capable of reading BDs at 6x and DVDs at 8x speeds, USB 3.0 connectivity in addition to a proprietary aux port, Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR wireless technology as well as HDMI, optical and analog outputs. The new system will also utilize new DualShock 4 game controller with integrated touchpad as well as better motion sensing thanks to new PS4 tracking cameras (sold separately for $59).
The PlayStation4 (CUH-1000A series) computer entertainment system will launch on November 15, 2013 in the Canada and U.S., and on November 29, 2013 in Europe (PAL region) including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The PS4 will also launch in the following ten Latin American countries on November 29: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Peru.
When the PlayStation 4 will become available this year, it will be sold at a recommended retail price (RRP) of $399, CAD$399, €399, and £349.