Sony reveals SA launch date, price for PS4

2013-08-21 11:06
(Jae C Hong, AP)

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Cape Town - The new Sony PlayStation 4 will be launched in South Africa before the end of the year, gaming website El33tonline reported.

"South Africa will be releasing the PS4 prior to Christmas, we are planned to go on the 6th of December 2013 due to the logistics of getting the stock to our shores," Mario Dos Santos, CEO at Ster Kinekor Entertainment (distributors of PlayStation in South Africa) is quoted as saying.

"The price point, although not officially set due to the uncertainty around the Rand exchange rate, is currently planned at an RRP of R 6 299 including VAT and it will not be beyond this for launch. Retail will be communicated to plan at these levels," Dos Santos added.

Sony has had more than one million pre-orders worldwide for its new PlayStation 4 console, the head of its SCE computer entertainment division said on Tuesday.

"The response we have received is nothing short of incredible," SCE chief executive Andrew House said at a news conference on the sidelines of Gamescom, Europe's biggest videogames fair.


He added the console will be available in 32 countries worldwide during the holiday season.

Microsoft has said it will start selling its latest console at some point in November, intensifying competition ahead of the year-end holidays and gift-giving season.

Sony has priced the PlayStation 4, its first new console in seven years, $100 lower than the new Xbox One by Microsoft at $399.

Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One in May, its first new gaming console in eight years, marking its strongest push so far to dominate consumers' living rooms with an array of exclusive media content.

Microsoft Europe's Vice President of Interactive Entertainment Chris Lewis said on Tuesday pre-orders for the Xbox One were "unprecedented" but declined to give more details.

- For more gaming news and reviews, check out El33tonline
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