On Tuesday, Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 will be released Nov. 15 in the U.S. and Canada and on Nov. 29 in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The announcement was part of Sony’s Gamescom 2013 press conference. Sony also stated that those who buy PlayStation 3 versions of the upcoming games Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Watch Dogs will be able to buy the digital versions on the PS4 for a “significantly discounted price.”
IGN suggests that the program may be a “direct response” to GameStop’s promotion, which will allow gamers to trade in PS3 and Xbox 360 games for their respective next-gen versions for a $10 payment. Amazon has a similar promotion for trade-ins but it only applies to Xbox 360 and Xbox One games.
The PS4 was first announced in February in a rather disappointing press conference that revealed little about the system or its games. However, Sony bounced back at E3 2013 with a presentation that most viewers agreed blew Microsoft’s away. Microsoft announced its system would be always-online and that Xbox One games couldn’t be shared or resold (a policy stance the company has since abandoned). Sony responded directly to this unpopular news, announcing the PS4 would not require an Internet connection and that its games could be freely traded and shared.
The PlayStation 4 is currently available for pre-sale at $400. It has already surpassed 1 million pre-orders worldwide. Microsoft’s Xbox One is also slated for release in November 2013, meaning the two consoles will go head-to-head this holiday season.