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Playstation 4 release date finally announced

Gaming addicts rejoice!

After telling everyone everything about the the PlayStation 4—the features, the specs, the forthcoming titles—Sony has held back on telling everyone when it will actually be available, but now they’ve finally announced the one detail every gamer was waiting to hear.

Sony says the PS 4 will hit the shelves later this year (at least in the United States) on November 15. (The European launch will be November 29.) Buyers can drop by their nearest gadget store and hope to get a unit before the store runs out of stock. And that shouldn’t take long.

It’s kind of weird though, because that date’s about two weeks before the post-Thanksgiving US shopping extravaganza, Black Friday. It’s all too likely that all available stocks of the PS4 will be sold out long before then, and Sony will be in a tizzy trying to restock for the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States.

As of now, the PS4 is sold out for pre-orders already in Amazon, and wily entrepreneurs are making a killing on Ebay pre-selling them for outrageous prices going as high as US$1500, more than three times the retail price of US$399. (I have to admit, I’ve been sorely tempted to get a pre-order, but I know I have to be patient.)

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Here’s what you’ll get in the box:

  • PS 4 System (Jet black, with a 500GB hard drive)
  • One DualShock 4 Wireless Controller
  • USB Dualshock charging cable
  • Wired mono headset
  • HDMI Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Instructions

The new Playstation Eye isn’t included with the package (a tactic designed to bring the price lower than Microsoft‘s US$499 for the new Xbox One), but can be bought as an optional accessory for US$59, and extra DualShock 4 controllers will sell for the same amount each.

The Xbox One is supposed to come out around the same time in November, but as of this writing Microsoft still hasn’t announced a specific date.

It’s a great time to be a gamer indeed!

Adel

Adel

Adel Gabot is a freelance writer, editor, teacher and Palanca award-winning fictionist. In his spare time he loves Macs, his iPad and iPhone, old Sean Connery 007 movies, Stephen King books, his Kindle Paperwhite, his Nexus 7, his video games, Green Tea ice cream, Aeropressed coffee and a good Merlot. His favorite noodles: Ma Mon Luk mami.

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