Sony PlayStation 4 launches in US, 28 days away for SA

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Sony has fired the opening salvo in the next-generation console wars, launching the PlayStation 4 in North America, today. The console goes on sale across the US and Canada  – albeit with a few unexpected issues, for some users.

At a mega launch event in New York, Sony hosted fans and VIPs as it counted down to midnight, when the console would officially go on sale. The event also saw developers show up to talk about new games they’re working on, and The Verge reports that Naughty Dog – the masterminds behind Uncharted and The Last of Us – teased a fourth Uncharted game. The cinematic franchise had some of the best-looking graphics on the PS3, and with the processing power in the new console we can only imagine what Drake and the new environments will look like.

Meanwhile, the local launch for the PlayStation 4 is four weeks away. The console, originally scheduled for a December 6th launch, will go on sale on Friday the 13th of December. Retailers have been running preorder programmes, but Ster Kinekor Entertainment – local distributor for the PlayStation brand – says that preorder slots have filled up fast. Those who haven’t booked one already can brave standing in line to get one, or they’ll have to be content with waiting until the second stock shipment arrives early next year.

Keep an eye out for local coverage of the new console – the only one to arrive this year. Microsoft SA still remains mum on when we’ll see the Xbox One, which goes on sale in the US market next Friday, the 22nd of November.

Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.