GameStop: PS4 2013 launch is global

Retailer claims Sony will release next-generation platform across the world later this year.

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During GameStop's latest earnings call, executive vice president Mike Hogan claimed Sony plans to release the PlayStation 4 not only in one region this holiday season, but across the world.

"We know that Sony will introduce the PlayStation 4 globally in 2013, but we are still waiting to see what Microsoft's final plans are," Hogan said (via Seeking Alpha translation). "We have scenarios with one console introduction, as well as with two."

When Sony announced the PS4 in February, it said the platform would be available during holiday 2013, but did not note if that date was for North America or other regions.

The PlayStation 3 did not have a global launch, releasing in North America during November 2006, before coming to Europe in early 2007.

Microsoft is rumored to have its next-generation platform also on store shelves this holiday season. Though the company has yet to reveal its official plans, Microsoft is believed to hold a one-off media event this month to announce the Xbox 720.

Discussion

336 comments
chun-IDGAF-li
chun-IDGAF-li

im getting it at launch only for Metal Gear!!

telaros
telaros

I'll wait for the slim version with a larger harddrive.


Oh and games

kj_666
kj_666

imagine been pushed forward to worldwide as xbox have been rumoured to be doing the same! 

Daniel Linkletter
Daniel Linkletter

Too many good games I still need to finish first before I can justify a new console.

Derugs
Derugs

xbox... who cares 

muffin200
muffin200

As a European I say thank you for that.

AlexFili
AlexFili

A global launch is a huge risk, fingers crossed for Sony

Joshua DeWayne Gregory
Joshua DeWayne Gregory

Retailer Gamestop also thinks that people will pay full MSRP for used games, and sell brand new games at 1/4 the cost.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

I see another massive system shortage.  Sony's going to mess up this launch worse than PS3.

Jacob Leyva
Jacob Leyva

I'm ready but I'm going to wait for a slim model.

Gabriel Tagudin
Gabriel Tagudin

with a tag price of NZD 999 for PS4.. If I don't have anything else to do with the money, Sony take my money..lol

Metroidalert911
Metroidalert911

I'll buy it for sure. Just wait for a good package, don't want to pay too much for so little like my day 1 purchase with PS3.

gokuofheaven
gokuofheaven

I'm a gamer.  Day one purchase. *raises fist*

Defender1978
Defender1978

Sitting this one out.  My PS3 plays my library of PS1,2,and 3 games as well as all of my PSN stuff.  The PS4 is a step backward. 

marting265
marting265

All i know is that ps has great exclusives 

marting265
marting265

Battlefield makes COD look like shit

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

Been thinking. Maybe an idea for BC is addons for the PS4. IDK. like A PS2 add on would be cheap as hell to make now, prolly sell it at like $30. PS3 might cost a little more but then again most people own one.

Personally I don't care. my PS3 is BC. Just a random thought I had. Felt like sharing.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Not having a worldwide launch was another criticism Sony face with the PS3. They seem to be going through a checklist of what people complained about last gen and trying to do things differently.

chun-IDGAF-li
chun-IDGAF-li

@telaros slim version, larger harddrive, , cheaper components, made in china instead of japan.... lol compare the ps3 slim to the first ps3 version, the old ps3 OWNS the new ps3 and its gonna be the same with ps4.

chun-IDGAF-li
chun-IDGAF-li

@Ranjit Singh  what you need, my friend, its a job.

tahsineo
tahsineo

@JustPlainLucas I was thinking about that too. However, this time around, Sony seems to be desperate to avoid all the problems that plagued the initial months of the PS3 launch, such as dev unfriendly hardware, launching after the 360, very high launch price, bland online experience, and more. System shortage was one of the biggest problems at that time, so I think Sony will try pretty hard to avoid that as well.

123outlaw
123outlaw

@Jacob Leyva What how can you be ready and then contradict yourself and say " i'm going to wait for a slim model" IDIOT

Kermyt
Kermyt

@sarahatler008 hold off a little longer, it wont be long before the next gen tv is out.: UHD (2160p & even 4320).

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@Defender1978 I don't fully understand the general sense of entitlement many feel about backwards compatibility... The PS2 had it in full, yes... also the Wii could play Gamecube games. Some 60gb PS3's will play 1+2 games, but it's not a standard across all PS3's, and neither is the 360 fully back-compatible, it's only partial.... so apart from those consoles (and setting handhelds to one side) I can't think of anything else that was generally backwards compatible, so why is it that so many feel so strongly about it? If you are using your newer machine to play all your old games and never using an older, original machine, then your new machine is getting far more wear than it ought to - and if this current gen of consoles has taught us one thing, the complexity of the console means it has a much lower shelf-life in a lot of cases, causing many to consider having to replace them after only 2-3 years. What's so wrong with keeping hold of the old console you have and using that to play it's games, instead of insisting we have full backwards compatibility and always sticking with the latest console? You're paying for that privilege of full back-compatibility, and it's just unnecessary when invariably you already have something sat there that can play the older games you have... unless you sold it, in which case that's your own fault of course... rant over, it's just I don't get the backwards compatibility argument or insistence of many that we should always have it...

Kermyt
Kermyt

@RPG_Fan_I_Am couple more years we all wont be buying physically games, blurays etc anyway. It'll all be streaming.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@hadlee73  

But I dont see how that will over shadow any of the other criticisms of the PS3 that the PS4 is repeating.

thehawk3986
thehawk3986

@SicklySunStorm @Defender1978 I partially agree with your argument about BC.. But to me BC makes sense for a brand new console because most new systems launch with a very pedestrian library. It takes time for devs to learn the technology and put out more consistent quality games. Think about this, the PS4 press conference showed titles like Watch Dogs, Infamous 3, Killzone, and some other interesting IP's. Now how many of these titles do you really think will be available day one with the PS4 console. I would guess not many of the games that we really want to see. So a new system launching with backward compatibility will help take the pressure off of devs to pump out games that are probably not finished, because gamers are complaining that there arent any games for them to play on the new hardware. I think backward compatibility just makes sense in this situation. I don't think it is absolutely necessary for a new piece of hardware to have the ability to play every single one of the older generations games at all. But it should be able to play the disc from the last generation console. 

Madgnad
Madgnad

@SicklySunStorm@Defender1978This is the problem. The PS3 originally had backwards compatibility. This was great because for someone like me who had bought a new HDTV, I could now play my vast library of older games in a new upscaled format without it giving me a headache. If you've ever tried playing PS2 on a 1080p screen then you know what I'm saying. No one feels "entitled" Defender1978 said he's sitting this one out because his PS3 can play all his older games and he won't have to have 3 systems plugged in to play the games that he might want to play in a spur of the moment. That is his right.

I'm a PC gamer. My PC and all PCs are backwards compatible. This is because the x86 architecture has been so consistent and the software handles the rest. IOS has backwards compatibility with all it's apps and the same goes for Android. It isn't anyone's fault but Sony's that they used the cell architecture. 

el_swanno
el_swanno

@SicklySunStorm @Defender1978 You're a Sony stooge, arent you?

hadlee73
hadlee73

@hatieshorrer @hadlee73 No doubt. But then these game companies rarely ever do everything right all of the time, at least in the eyes of consumers anyway.

Madgnad
Madgnad

@thehawk3986 @SicklySunStorm @Defender1978 I agree with you. That's another reason I would like BC. I'm not telling Sony they have to I'm just saying that it is a feature that I value highly. I was only pointing out that there are other platforms that do BC and it only helped them in the long run.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@el_swanno erm..... really not sure what you mean by that.... can you elaborate for me with such an enigmatic statement? what makes me (and defender1978) a Sony "stooge"?

littlegoodson
littlegoodson

@SicklySunStorm Good point - emulation isn't true BC - particularly as you will need to repurchase disk based games again.  But I do like the idea of streaming from the entire PS catalogue, especially on a 'try before you buy' setup as it will encourage me to try some older games I missed the first time around. 

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@littlegoodson @SicklySunStorm @Defender1978 that's not backwards compatibility in the sense that you can use the existing discs from your collection... you will be paying to download those titles and run them via emulation, not from solid hardware built into the machine as you would with full backwards compatibility. I have no doubt at all that PS1, 2 & 3 games will be on PS4, they just won't be your existing PS3 discs that the content comes from.