With the annual Gamescom conference officially underway in Germany, electronics maker Sony revealed the list of countries which will be first in line to receive the next-generation PlayStation 4 console upon release.
While South Africa falls under the distribution cycle of the UK, South Africa (and by extension any African country) was noticeably absent from the list, with countries like the UK, Germany and Australia being slated to receive the console on 29 November 2013.
However Mario Dos Santos, Chief Executive Officer of Ster Kinekor Entertainment, is confident that the unit will arrive in South Africa before Christmas. “South Africa will be releasing the PS4 prior to Christmas, we are planned to go on the 6th of December 2013 due to the logistics of getting the stock to our shores,” he told IT News Africa.
“The price point, although not officially set due to the uncertainty around the Rand exchange rate, is currently planned at an RRP of R 6299 including VAT and it will not be beyond this for launch,” he added.
The PlayStation 3 was launched in South Africa on 22 March 2007, but released to the rest of the world in November of the previous year.
The list of confirmed countries so far are:
Canada, United States
November 29th – Europe
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
November 29th – Latin America
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor