As gamers in the US and Canada wait with bated breath for Friday’s release of the long awaited PlayStation 4 console, their Asian counterparts must wait another month before it is officially released in the region.
Japanese gamers face an even more agonising wait, as the console will not be released there until February 22. Explaining the delay, Hiroshi Kawano, Sony Corp.’s chief of the game business in Japan and Asia, said: “We plan to have powerful titles at the launch date [in Japan]. We are asking for some time before we can offer it but please look forward to it.”
Indeed, the selection of launch titles available to US and Canadian gamers tomorrow is limited, with many of the titles already released on PlayStation 3. European PS4 fans may have a bit more choice when the console is released there on November 29, the same day it is releasing in Australia in New Zealand.
For most Asian countries, the PS4 will become officially available on an unspecified date in mid-December. GameSpot is reporting a December 17 release date for Hong Kong. For those who can’t last the month, there should be plenty consoles on the black market at a hefty premium.
Many regional online retailers are already taking pre-orders on Playstation 4s, with prices significantly higher than the $400 US price tag. Thai stores were charging 18,500 baht (US$586), Singapore S$639.00 (US$512) and HK$3380 (US$435).
Although Sony will see strong sales among die hard fans through the holiday season and into the new year, many gamers are indicating that they will hold out for a another year or so for the price of the console to drop and a better selection of games.
Playstation 4 release dates
PlayStation 4 US and Canada Release Date: November 15, 2013
PlayStation 4 European Release Date: November 29, 2013
PlayStation 4 Australian and New Zealand Release Date: November 29, 2013
PlayStation 4 Japanese Release Date: February 22, 2014
“Asia Regions” Release Date: Middle of December 2013
In the meantime, here’s a teaser trailer to whet your appetite: