A woman walks on a floor advertisement for Sony Corp's PlayStation 3 game console at an electronic store in Tokyo April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
Sony Gets 1 Million Plus Pre-Orders for PS4 Console, Launching in 15 November 2013REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Japanese electronics major Sony has officially announced the launch dates for its flagship gaming console PlayStation 4 in select major markets.

The eight-generation gaming console PS4 will hit North American markets (USA and Canada) on 15 November and a couple of weeks later (to be precise on 29 November) in Europe and Latin American. PS4 will be released in 33 countries in total. There are still no details of PS4's availability in India, but reports said it may makes its debut in the sub-continent probably in December. [Prospective Indian buyers can pre-order Sony PS4 right now, here]

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) Chief Executive, Andrew House, who is currently attending Europe's biggest electronics games fair 'Gamescom' in Germany, said the company has received an overwhelming response to PS4. Sony has so far recorded well over one million pre-orders for its upcoming console worldwide.

PlayStation 4 has been priced $399.99 (around ₹25,350), almost $100 less than its arch rival Xbox One ($499- close to ₹31,000), which is expected to be launched in November. Just a few days ago, Microsoft postponed the launch of its gaming console in some European countries to 2014, which is sure to give a head start for Sony to consolidate its share in the market.

Soon after the launch of PS4, Sony is expected to slash prices of PS3 and PlayStation Vita to $199 in the US and €199 in Europe.

Key Specifications of Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One:


PlayStation 4

Xbox One





Semi-custom eight x86-64 CPU cores based on Jaguar architecture of AMD 

8-core AMD processor (two quad-core jaguar modules),X86 PC style architecture


Customizable PlayStation Dynamic Menu

Xbox OS with Windows custom kernel and hyper visor (provide virtual operating system platform support)


Semi-custom AMD Radeon GPU, contains 18 computing units which can top 1.84 TFLOPS (Tera-Floating-point Operations Per Second)

AMD Radeon, Direct 11.1 graphics with 32MB embedded ESRAM


Advanced GDDR5 (unified ) 8GB RAM

8GB DDR3 (5GB available while playing games)

Storage capacity

500GB HDD, with options for upgrade



PlayStation comes with two HD 1280x800p cameras with motion sensors, aperture f/2.0, 85-degree field of view,

Wide-angle full HD Kinect camera with motion sensor to take user's gesture as input

Video support

Full HD (1080x1920p) as well as 4K (3840x2160p) video resolutions

Full HD (1920x1080p) as well as 4K (3840x2160p) video resolutions

Video player

Blu-Ray and DVD

Blu-Ray and DVD


DualShock 4 controllers with built in two capacitive touch pads with light-bar with number of colours to signal player's health as such, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, USB v3.0, optical S/PDIF, HDMI port

Controller having four-way design with impulse trigger motor , Three USB v3.0 ports, HDMI v1.4 port, Wi-Fi (802.11n), Wi-Fi Direct, Xbox Smart Glass (allows Windows Phones and Tablets to act as second screen)


$399.99 (around ₹25,350)

$499 in US, approximately ₹31,000 in Indian denomination