Deputy President Hiroyuki Oda of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia announced that the long-awaited PlayStation 4 will release on 19 December 2013 for a recommended retail price of $639. Pre-orders commence tomorrow at all Sony and Focus stores, a list of which you may find further below.
Now that we’ve gotten our hands on the press releases, here’s all the additional information you’ll need prior to making a decision.
Note: All prices listed in SGD.
PlayStation 4 Bundles
SCE Hong Kong has a total of three console bundles lined up for launch day, each loosely targeted at different audiences.
- Console Only (500GB storage) — $639
- #1: Console with PlayStation Camera — $689
- #2: Console with Killzone: Shadow Fall — $699
- #3: Console with Battlefield 4 — $709
Every pre-order will come with a free month’s worth of PS Plus membership. Bundles that include a game will grant an additional month of PS Plus as well as a $10 PSN Money Voucher.
These are all are subject to availability so if you’re dead set on being an early adopter, securing a pre-order as soon as possible ought to be on the agenda.
All PS4’s purchased in an official launch country – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia – will be eligible for one year of free repair service in those territories in addition to Philippines and Vietnam.
- DualShock 4 (Jet Black / Magma Red / Wave Blue) — $87.90
- DualShock 4 Charging Station (fits two controllers) — $46.90
- PlayStation Camera — $87.90
- Vertical Stand — $36.90
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- Tottemo E Mahjong
- Basement Crawl
- Battlefield 4
- FIFA 14
- Need for Speed Rivals
- NBA Live 14
- Escape Plan
- Killzone: Shadow Fall
- Sound Shapes
- The Playroom
- NBA 2K 14
- Dynasty Warriors 8 with Xtreme Legends
- Assassin’s Creed IV
- Black Flag
- Just Dance 2014
- Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes
- Blacklight: Retribution
Where to Pre-Order
|Sony Store – Bugis||Bugis Junction, #01-58/59200 Victoria Street|
|Sony Store – IMM||IMM, #01-232 Jurong East Street 21|
|Sony Store – Isetan Orchard||Wisma Atria, #04-01435 Orchard Road|
|Sony Centre – ITIS||Marina Square, #03-1226 Raffles Boulevard|
|Sony Centre – Polaris||Funan Digitalife Mall, #03-20109 North Bridge Road|
|Funan Digitalife Mall, #03-02…|
|JEM, #04-5858 Jurong Gateway Road|
|Sony Centre – V3 Audio Video||Sim Lim Square, #03-71/721 Rochor Canal Road|
|Sony Centre – Woodlands||#01-65-260/262Block 727 Clementi West Street 2|
|Sony Centre – Jurong Point||Jurong Point Shopping Centre#B1-75/76
1 Jurong West Central 2
|Funz Centre||Orchard Central, #05-43/44181 Orchard Road|
|AMK Hub, #02-08Ang Mo Kio Ave 3|
|112 Katong, #03-0712 East Coast Road|
|Vivocity, #02-361 Harbourfront Walk|
|Game Martz||Funan Digitalife Mall, #05-23109 North Bridge Road|
|Junction 8, #04-049 Bishan Place|
|JCube, #04-072 Jurong West Central 1|
|Scenic Multimedia||Pioneer Mall, #02-10Jurong West St 61|
|Game Xtreme||Tampines Mall, #04-08Tampines Central|
|JEM, #04-39A50 Jurong Gateway Road|
|Zepy Games||North Point Shopping Centre#03-10/11
Yishun Ave 2
|NEX Shopping Centre#02-53/54
23 Serangoon Central
|Gaming World||Funan Digitalife Mall, #05-02109 North Bridge Road|
|G3 Interactive||Funan Digitalife Mall, #05-14-15…|
|Gamescore||Funan Digitalife Mall, #05-05…|
|Mega Multimedia||Jurong Point Shopping Centre#B1-13
63 Jurong West Central 3
On launch day, 100 lucky customers will get a chance to receive the PlayStation Vita TV, a 10-year PS Plus membership and limited premiums from AAPE By A Bathing Ape. Announcements will be made on the PlayStation Asia Facebook page and the official site.
Subsequently, from 19 December to 1 January 2014, a pop up store will be set up outside Wisma Atria to give customers some hands-on time with the PS4. There’s an appreciable difference between watching a 1080p trailer on YouTube and seeing a 1080p game live in action. Killzone: Shadow Fall will undoubtedly be on display, so soak in the amazing draw distance and other visual treats packed into it.
Aesthetically, the PS4 is a sleek piece of hardware that would look good on most shelves. The absence of an external power brick really helps reduce the clutter around the device, leaving only the clump of wires behind the unit (and the PlayStation Eye) as the real challenge for concealment. I wondered on more than one occasion how the inevitable “Slim” version would end up looking like because the PS4 is fairly small as it is.
The demo booths were strictly limited to the games they were running, so we didn’t get an opportunity to mess around with the user interface. The Share button did work as intended, choosing between screenshot or video after a small delay, but again we never got to go far with it.
At the end of the day, it’s what you do with the PS4 that counts. For the vast majority of us, that’ll be playing next-gen games. Sony put up an impressive effort for their launch-frame titles but there’s nothing on that list that screams “buy me now!” You’d get the visual splendours of Resogun and Killzone: Shadow Fall to be sure (there was no Battlefield 4 running) but what happens once you’re done with those games? How long will it take before the next title on your wish-list comes round?
Unless all it’s for is to scratch that buy-shiny-new-gadget itch you’re getting, then by all means go wild. It’d make for some mean bragging rights in those first few months, and The Playroom can easily be part of the showcase.
Reactions to the price have been mixed at best, since we’re paying more than our North American counterparts. Keep in mind, however, that we’re also releasing earlier than Japan. A $599 price tag would have definitely been more attractive but with no competition at the moment, Sony pretty much have free reign.
Don’t forget about that pop up store outside Wisma Atria after the PS4’s launch! That’ll probably be the best time to judge whether you’d need one before 2013 comes to an end.