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PS4 to hit US and Japan in 2013, Europe next year - report

PlayStation 4 will reportedly be revealed later this month ahead of a US and Japanese launch in late 2013 and a European release in early 2014.

According to Edge’s sources, the delayed European launch is down to the complexities involved in distribution in the continent.

Sony is also said to be planning to release an improved iteration of its PlayStation Eye peripheral, which remains compatible with the PlayStation Move controller, alongside the new console.

The PS4 controller will reportedly feature a small touchpad in place of the existing Select, Start and PS buttons. Meanwhile, a Share button will let users distribute gameplay screenshots and videos online, with the PS4 continually recording the most recent 15 minutes of onscreen action.

Development sources told Edge that PS4 is “slightly more powerful” than Microsoft’s Xbox 360 successor and “very simple to work with” because the hardware is more PC-like in its makeup than PS3.

Sony is expected to reveal PS4 at an event taking place on Wednesday February 20, which the company has teased will let gamers ”see the future". Check out our PlayStation 4 rumor roundup for some hints at what we may see.

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10 comments

  • sandplasma - February 4, 2013 10:32 p.m.

    I forsee BLUE SCREENS. This feels rushed and the upcoming consoles are more PC than anything else. Blue Screens for all.
  • garnsr - February 4, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    I think we never really got to see all that the PS3 can do, since it was hamstrung by developers using the less powerful 360 as the base for most games, and it's too bad we have to move on before more companies use the PS3 right. Though, having just started playing Yakuza Dead Souls there are a lot of things that Japanese game makers do that just seem to be out of the past, making the experience more of a hassle than Western companies do, and some aspects of the PS3 are like that, just not streamlined like it seems anybody in their right, modern mind would make them. I hope the PS4 does things right, I have no affinity with the XBox brand right now.
  • CrashmanX - February 4, 2013 6:58 p.m.

    Agreed. It's truly a shame to see the Cell Processor and the power of the PS3 over shadowed by the 360 but it's an unfortunate fact. They took a huge risk with the Cell and how different it was and sadly this time it just didn't work out as well as hoped.
  • winner2 - February 4, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    I'm really just ready to see it already. I'm sick of all the rumors at this point, I want to see what I might spend my money on.
  • KA87 - February 4, 2013 7:34 a.m.

    Look at the bright side, the first gen of any new colesole tends to have some bugs or technical flaws (red ring event or my Wii U won't work anyone?(yeah I know they are not Sony, but it happens)) that are fixed with the second gen of the new console. By having it delayed until 2014, you might be able to get the second gen without the bugs for the same price as the first. Plus like an extra 100GBs. I am personally going to wait for the second gen of the new console. Luck favors the settlers and not the pioneers.
  • Person5 - February 4, 2013 7:14 a.m.

    Sony sources said their product has better specs than the xbox's unreleased ones? Shcoking
  • Person5 - February 4, 2013 7:19 a.m.

    Shocking* c'mon GR, put in an edit feature
  • mafyooz - February 4, 2013 4:38 a.m.

    If Sony delay the release of PS4 in Europe until next year but Xbox launches worldwide before Christmas, a lot of people WILL jump ship. There's already a huge feeling of resentment towards SCEE due to unexplained delays, disparity of content on PSN, pricing issues, the Spamstar icon being made a permanent involountary feature, and other ways in which it's made to seem that Europe is viewed as secondary, despite being a bigger Sony market than America. Any delays will just alienate people further. Personally I grew out of fanboyism back during the Sega/Nintendo days (Sega all the way, if you were wondering!), so I was going to wait a while to see which was better anyway, especially with totally new platforms being released soon :)
  • Cyberninja - February 4, 2013 3:36 a.m.

    Sadly after how poorly they handled the Go I wouldn't be surprised if this were 100% accurate.
  • philip-tindall - February 4, 2013 1:27 a.m.

    So Edge post an article that 'speculated' it won't come out in Europe till 2014, and Gamesradar, Eurogamer and SixAxis all report this speculation and subjective opinion as if it was 'Factual News'.... At this stage anyone could pull a date out of the air and have as much validity about it. Furthermore the original article uses the excuse of complexities of a European distribution model as its reason to speculate it will be later in Europe, but fails to take account that the PSVita launched in US & Europe simultaneously. That the Xbox successor will likely be a world wide release and even the Wii U managed a global rollout in the matter of a couple of weeks. The distribution landscape has changed a lot since PS1, 2 & 3 and Sony will not give the advantage to Microsoft who will undoubtably do a global rollout of the Next Xbox. So come on GamesRadar and others, instead of regurgitating other sites opinions as 'News Reports' which should have more factual basis than just opinion, actual post your own opinions and look for real news not this regurgitating nonsense like chinesev whispers. Have some journalistic integrity for a change.

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