Sony Announces PS4 Launch Date and PS Vita Price Drop

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It has been a busy week for Sony. Not only did the company announce that it is releasing a brand new PS3 model, but it also announced the launch date of its upcoming PS4. To top it off, Sony even announced that it is dropping the price of the PS Vita, as well as the memory cards that go with it.

The launch date for the PS4 was actually announced during Gamescom in Germany. It was here that Sony said the PS4 would be launching in North America on November 15. Europe will have to wait until November 29 before it get its hands on the new home console. Sony also reconfirmed that the system will sell for $399.

Jack Tretton, the CEO and president of Sony Computer Entertainment America, said that his company is very pleased to announce the final piece of the puzzle, which is the launch date for its upcoming PS4. The system will launch on November 15 in North America, so please look forward to it.

Sony did not stop there. It also went as far as to announce the 15 launch games that will be available day one for the PS4. Sony said that it will have 33 games available for the PS4 by the end of the year. Below is a complete list of launch games for the system:

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Battlefield 4
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • FIFA 14
  • Just Dance 2014
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • Knack
  • LEO Marvel Superheroes
  • Madden 25
  • NBA 2K14
  • NBA Live 14
  • Need for Speed: Rivals
  • Skylanders Swap Force
  • Watch Dogs

Tretton added that Sony is extremely excited to have more than 180 games already in development. It wants to make sure that there is always new, quality content coming out for the console every month.

Sony also announced this week that it is cutting the price of the PS Vita. The handheld, which has been struggling to find its footing in a Nintendo-dominated market, is cutting its price from $299 to $199. The company will also be cutting the price of the Vita memory cards. This is a big deal since the expensive memory cards is one of the main reasons why people are not interested in purchasing a Vita.

However, the memory cards are still on the pricey side. The cards are being cut in price from $5 to $20. The 16 GB memory card is being dropped from $60 to $40. The 32 GB memory card is dropping from $100 to $80. Although this is a nice price drop, some people are still complaining that the memory cards are still too expensive.

Now, it will be interesting to see if the Vita starts selling more units in North America. The Vita was dead in the water in Japan until Sony announced a price cut there a few months ago. Now the system is selling better than ever. It still is selling far less units than the Nintendo 3DS, but at least now Sony is getting the console into people’s hands. This price drop will likely result in some sales, but until they get more content on the system, it is going to continue to sit on store shelves. Sometimes the handheld goes months without seeing any quality titles released.