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The PlayStation 4 will launch in Europe on 29th November 2013

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd. (SCEE) has revealed that the highly anticipated PlayStation 4 (PS4) computer entertainment system will be arriving in SCEE regions from 29th November 2013. A large range of software and entertainment services were also unveiled at the gamescom trade fair in Cologne, Germany, including five new PS4 titles from SCE Worldwide Studios – Rime, Hell Divers, Shadow of the Beast, Resogun and Everybody's Gone to The Rapture.

Showing a clear commitment to delivering gamers fresh new experiences, the conference featured a series of announcements for new games across PlayStation Vita (PS Vita), PlayStation 3 (PS3) and the upcoming PS4. As promised by Jim Ryan, President and CEO of SCEE, at the opening of the presentation: "We have always been committed to making next generation products but now we're increasingly focused on making those products for next-generation gamers."

On top of the PS4 excitement, fans were also delighted to learn of a price drop on PS Vita, Memory Card for PS Vita and PS3 12GB model for the European region. As of 21st August 2013 the price for PS Vita Wifi and 3G models will be reduced to €199 and the PS3 12GB model will also retail at €199

Along with the price drop, new titles for PS Vita were showcased, including Murasaki Baby and BigFest.

Away from software and hardware there was a notable drive behind PlayStation Plus (PS Plus), and the services that will be available on PS4 such as the instant game collection, cloud storage and immersive online multiplayer play along with the new titles Resogun and #DRIVECLUB PS Plus Edition for PS4 and Assassin's Creed III for PS3 instant game collection.

It was also announced that Twitch, the world's leading video platform and community for gamers, will come to PS4 globally. This will enable gamers to live stream their gameplay as well as view the live broadcasts of others as part of the "spectate" feature on PS4, enhancing the overall user experience.

Additionally, there was an emphasis on the wider services that will be available on the new PS4 via the PSN. SCEE has increased the roster of video services and apps to include the likes of Tunein, IGN and VidZone (Pan-European), Watchever, Maxdome and LoveFilm (Germany), Wuaki and TotalChannel (Spain), BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, BBC News, Demand5 and LoveFilm (UK), Tvigle (Russia), RTBF and DVDPost (Belgium), Ximon (Netherlands / Belgium), Pathe (Netherlands), Viaplay (Nordics), and FilmoTV, Jook and GameOne (France). VIP broadband will also be introduced with a selection of partners including Deutsche Telekom, Orange (France), Virgin Media (UK), and ONO (Spain).

PlayStation’s enthusiasm was matched by that of major third party publishers. Ubisoft gave the world its first look at Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag remote play on PS Vita and gave updates on Watch_Dogs. Gaijin Entertainment, MoJang and EA were also on-hand to give a glimpse into what gamers can expect from them for PS4.
 
More information can be found about PlayStation 4 at www.playstation.com