JAPANESE HARDWARE FIRM Sony has revealed that it will announce the Playstation 4 (PS4) release date on Tuesday at its pre-Gamescom 2013 press conference.
While Toys R Us has put the PS4 up for preorder with a 13 December release date, the gaming world has yet to hear from Sony regarding when its next games console will arrive on store shelves. The wait is almost over, however, as the firm has said that it will reveal the PS4 release date on 20 August.
A Sony spokesperson said on the Sony Gamescom webpage, "For one week in August 2013, the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany becomes the centre of the gaming universe as the world's biggest publishers and developers invite you to check out the games that will light up the rest of the year and beyond.
"We'll kick off the show at 18:00 BST on 20 August 2013 with a briefing to media on our release plans for Playstation 4, as well as updates on Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita."
If speculation is to be believed, Sony will announce that its PS4 will start shipping in October, a month ahead of Microsoft's Xbox One and two months sooner than Toys R Us is promising.
Those in the UK who have been holding off for an official release date before preordering the PS4 console might have quite a wait to get the console, as it was revealed earlier this month that preorders have already sold out. Sony confirmed the news, with its own preorder webpage showing the console as out of stock, which means those who order the PS4 now won't receive it until after launch day.
For those who don't mind waiting, the PS4 is still available to preorder from a number of retailers priced at around £349 - £100 cheaper than the Xbox One. µ
But it's probably not going to be available to customers anytime soon
But it's OK cos he thinks the battery life is crap
Callas to Cupertino
Cheers, trebles and big bonuses all round