PlayStation 4: Sony announces release date for anticipated new console

Aug. 20, 2013 | 12:53 p.m.

Mark Cerny, lead system architect for Sony's PlayStation 4, talks up the new PS4, promising more "personalized" gaming at the Feb. 20 Sony announcement in New York.
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Mark Cerny and Sony revealed the new PS4 controller, though not the console itself. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)

Sony's Andrew House, president and group chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment, at the announcement, held in New York. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)

Sony's Andrew House at the announcement, which was the first major PlayStation meeting in more than two years. The last was in January 2011 to unveil the prototype for the PlayStation Vita handheld console. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)

David Perry, Irish video game developer and chief executive of Gaikai, was among speakers at the event. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)

Gaikai Chief Executive David Perry. Following the event, fans grumbled about the lack of information.
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Mark Cerny explains features of the PlayStation 4. There were promises at the announcement of zero lag time and zero startup time with the new device. (Frank Franklin II / Associated Press)

French musician, writer and video game designer David Cage, head of game developer studio Quantic Dream, at the PlayStation event. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)

Yoshinori Ono, Japanese video game producer for Capcom, was also among speakers. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)

In August 2009, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan President Shawn Layden displayed a new PlayStation 3 during a news conference in Tokyo. (Itsuo Inouye / Associated Press)

A motion controller, bottom left, and wireless controllers, right, for Sony's PlayStation 3 on display at the company's Tokyo showroom on Feb. 7, 2013. (Kiyoshi Ota / Bloomberg)

A controller for Sony's PlayStation 3 video game console at the company's showroom in Tokyo. (Kiyoshi Ota / Bloomberg)

Gamers play PlayStation 3's "Hitman: Absolution" during the E3 expo in Los Angeles on June 7, 2012. (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images)

Mark your calendars, gamers: Sony has announced that its anticipated new console, the PlayStation 4, will debut in North American on Nov. 15 and will be available in Europe two weeks later.

The company made the announcement Tuesday at Gamescom, Europe’s answer to L.A.’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Sony has promised that the PlayStation 4 will offer players more power, faster response time, higher performance, better playability and the increased mobility to “take gaming out of the living room.” (Take a look at the February PS4 unveiling in the gallery at the top of this post.)

The PS4 will come equipped with 500 GB hard drive, 8 GB of RAM and an optical drive that will play Blu-ray and DVD discs, in addition to a new DualShock 4 controller with a touchpad, a headphone jack and a built-in speaker, and will sell for $399.99.

Launch titles for the new system will include the anticipated action title “Killzone: Shadows Fall,” racer “DriveClub” and the cartoonish “Knack.” Sony said Tuesday that the popular universe-building title “Minecraft” and the online military game “War Thunder” will also be available at launch.

Among titles in development are “Destiny,” a first-person shooter that features some massively multiplayer role-playing elements from “Halo” developer Bungie; “Kingdom Hearts 3,” the long-awaited title from Square Enix; and “The Order: 1886,” an original title set in Jack the Ripper-era London, in which the protagonists use elements of time travel and magic to face off against supernatural threats.

Of course, the PS4 is just one of two major new consoles arriving in the coming months. The Xbox One, which will sell for $499.99, will also be available in November, though Microsoft has not confirmed the widely reported street date of Nov. 27.

– Todd Martens and Gina McIntyre

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