by Anton Shilov
06/21/2013 | 02:52 PM
While Sony Computer Entertainment has not publicly announced exact release date of the PlayStation 4 game console to leave some additional flexibility for its shipments schedules, it looks like the firm has provided exact timetable to its partners. Just like its arch-rival from Microsoft Corp., Sony’s PS4 will hit the market in November this year.
Media Markt, one of the largest retailers of consumer electronics in Germany, the Netherlands and some other European countries, will start to sell Sony PlayStation 4 game console on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. The retailer has started to advertise the launch date of the console in its stores in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, according to a picture made by a member of NeoGAF forums.
Given the fact that MediaMarkt is very influential, it will start sales of the PS4 along with Sony itself and other retailers. Therefore, the PlayStation 4 will launch on November 13, 2013, across major European markets.
Since Sony tends to release its game consoles in the U.S. ahead of the roll-out in the EU, it is highly likely that the PS4 will become available in North America in late October or very early in November.
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).
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.
Sony did not comment on the story.