During the same press conference where it revealed a lighter and thinner PS Vita and the new PS Vita TV micro console, Sony delivered some bad news to Japanese consumers: the PlayStation 4 will launch much later in Japan than anywhere else in the world.
The company revealed that the PlayStation 4 will be released in Japan on February 22, 2014. The system will launch in North America and Europe in late November of this year. Sony says this delay is to ensure that the "software" is ready for a Japanese audience. We are not sure if this is due to the Japanese government's stricter policy on security and safety in the wake of the massive PS3 security breach that happened in 2011.
The console will cost 41,979 yen ($421.22) on its own, and 46,179 yen ($463.36) bundled with the PlayStation Camera. Pre-orders in Japan launch on October 5, and 19 titles will be available from launch. As an apology for the delay, Sony said that it will be offering a free download code for Knack to all consumers who buy the console at launch. This offer will only be available in Japan, of course.