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Give thanks: Sony announces Playstation 4 is coming to North America on November 15

Hayden Dingman | Aug. 21, 2013
Sony confirmed the Playstation 4 release date during a press conference at the European Gamescom show today.

Release the AAAs
In terms of big-budget games, Sony's Gamescom conference revealed...basically nothing. We saw new trailers for Infamous: Second Son and the new Killzone title, but nothing spectacular. They also announced the combat massively multiplayer game War Thunder is coming to the PS4.

Ubisoft showed off the PS4 and Vita's cross-play abilities with a demo of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. In the midst of the presentation, the game was swapped from playing on the PS4's screen to an (ostensibly) live demonstration on the Vita. Sony claims "nearly every" game developed for the system is playable on both the PS4 and Vita, though it gave no further info on what the exceptions are.

Watch Dogs, typically the star of the last few games conferences, underwhelmed at Gamescom with a lackluster trailer and the announcement that they're making a movie from the franchise. Something about "counting your eggs."

And in the growing realm of games streaming, Sony announced the PS4 will support Twitch compatibility in addition to the previously-announced Ustream partnership.

Release the everything
But of course, the news we all cared about came last: the PS4 will launch for $400 (or the local currency equivalent) this November in 32 markets, and has already sold a million preorder units worldwide.

North American users who preordered will receive their consoles on November 15, while Europeans will have to wait an extra two weeks until November 29.

If you haven't already preordered, however, you're probably out of luck. Amazon ran out of preorder units last week. I'm sure some friendly people on eBay will help you though—to the tune of a 400 percent markup.


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