Will Europeans be left waiting on the PS4?
Sony last week announced a PlayStation event scheduled for February 20 in NYC. Though the company didn't explicitly state this would be the PS4 launch, many assume that this will be the day we finally get to see the next generation of PlayStation. Not long after the invites went out, Wall Street Journal sources said that yes, we would see the PS4 on February 20. Not only that, but apparently Sony is prepping the console for launch in time for the Holiday 2013 shopping season.
Unfortunately, if you're in the United Kingdom, you might be waiting quite a bit longer before you see the PS4. The latest scuttlebutt says the PS4 won't hit the United Kingdom until 2014. Yikes. Edge magazine cites development sources with working knowledge of both the PS4 and the Xbox 720 as saying the console's European launch will be several months after the Japanese debut.
Edge's sources say that while the PS4 will hit Japan and the US in time for the all-important holiday shopping season, a European rollout won't happen until early 2014.
Past consoles do follow this pattern of a US/Japan launch with a European launch to follow, so it wouldn't be that surprising if the PS4 was the same. Still, Sony hasn't confirmed the report, so fingers crossed those in Europe aren't left waiting while the US and Japan game their way through the holidays. We're also eager to find out if the Xbox 720 will follow the same (or at least a similar) launch schedule. We imagine it might be in Microsoft's favor to have the market to itself for a while. Stay tuned, we'll keep you posted!