Sony Computer Entertainment announced at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany today that the PlayStation 4 will officially launch in North America on November 15th, and in Europe on November 29. The company also said that it would launch the system in 32 countries "this holiday season."
Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House also revealed a next-gen upgrade program for titles bought on the PS3 that will eventually be re-released on PS4. Consumers who buy select games on PS3 will be able to get digital downloadable versions of the same games for PS4 for "a significantly discounted price." House did not offer any specific pricing on that program during the press conference. Games such as Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Assassin's Creed: Black Flag have been confirmed as titles that are part of this deal. House also said that his company is working with third-party publishers to include more games.
Microsoft is sticking with "holiday 2013" as its tentative release date for the Xbox One. Though it did not reveal the exact date when Xbox One will release in various regions, the company did announce nearly two dozen games including the new titles in such franchises as Call of Duty, Battlefield, Need for Speed and Assassin’s Creed. EA has six launch titles for Xbox One, Ubisoft revealed four, and Activision Blizzard revealed two at Microsoft's press conference today. Eight launch titles are being published by Microsoft as exclusives….