by Anton Shilov
08/01/2013 | 11:09 PM
Toys R Us, a global juvenile-products retail chain, has revealed launch dates of Sony PlayStation 4 in the U.S. and Europe. As it turns out, the PS4 will go on sale in late November in the U.S. and in mid-December in Europe; hence, it will not have a lot of time in retail this calendar year. However, this may not have a negative impact of actual sales numbers since millions of consoles are pre-ordered online.
Sony Computer Entertainment will start to sell its PlayStation 4 in the U.S. on November 30, 2013, according to Toys R Us in the United States. Europe will see the PS4 on December 13, 2013, exactly a month after it was first expected to arrive, according to Toys R Us in the United Kingdom. The release dates were first revealed on August 31, 2013, and by press time have neither been altered nor removed.
Even though Sony’s PS4 will have from two to four weeks in retail this calendar year, it should not have a negative impact on its net sales since the majority of core gamers have already pre-ordered the consoles online. Moreover, according to reports, Sony encourages its partners to take as many pre-orders on PlayStation 4 as they can, which may indicate that the firm expects high steady supplies of the consoles.
Sony did not comment on the news-story. Any launch dates of the PlayStation 4 not confirmed by Sony Computer Entertainment should be considered as unofficial.
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.