Sony PlayStation 4 will launch on Nov. 15 in the US
But we still don't have a launch date for the Microsoft Xbox One, the PlayStation 4's chief competitor.
The date will ensure that Sony's next-gen console takes full advantage of peak holiday shopping season, which gets underway on Black Friday, Nov. 29.Â
In a press release, Sony said that ten Latin American countries â€“ full list here â€“ and most European countries would get the PS4 the last weekend in November. The console will sell for $399 in the US, significantly undercutting the Microsoft Xbox One on price, and debut with a list of launch games that includes big-budget titles such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Madden 25, Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, and Battlefield 4.Â
Like the Nintendo Wii U, the PlayStation 4 belongs to the so-called "eighth generation" of consoles. The Wii U, of course, has been selling dismally â€“ between April and June of 2013, Nintendo unloaded just 160,000 Wii U globally. (Nintendo sold 210,000 units of its aging and underpowered Wii console during the same period, demonstrating exactly how lackluster the demand has been for the Japanese company's newest product.) Â
Sony and Microsoft are hoping to make a bit more of a splash.Â
The big question now is when, exactly, Microsoft will launch the Xbox One. Thus far, the company has only identified a month: November. So will it try to get out ahead of the PlayStation 4? Probably not, argues Stephen Totilo of Kotaku, who made a compelling case yesterday for an Xbox One release window of somewhere betweenÂ Nov. 19 and Nov. 29.Â