S'pore one of first five in Asia for PS4 launch

S'pore one of first five in Asia for PS4 launch

SINGAPORE - Video game fans here will be among the first in Asia to get their hands on the highly anticipated PlayStation 4 game console when it is launched in the region in December.

Singapore joins Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong as the first five locations in Asia where the PS4 will be rolled out, Sony announced at a regional press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday as it gears up for the looming next-generation video-game console wars against rival Microsoft.

There will be 20 game titles at the launch, including the action adventure game Watch Dogs and shooter Battlefield 4.

Sony said more details on the local pricing and launch bundles will be provided closer to December. The PS4 is priced at US$399 (S$500) for the North American market.

The console will be launched in North America on Nov 15, Europe and Australia on Nov 29 and Japan in February next year.

Speaking to over 100 tech reporters from Asia, Mr Hiroyuki Oda, deputy president of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia, also said the new PS Vita TV will be available in Asia from January. This is a miniature console that lets gamers play Sony's PlayStation Portable game titles on their big-screen TV instead of on a small handheld game console screen.

While PS4 video game fans here will get their gaming fix weeks or days after those in the Western hemisphere and Australia, it will still be a head start over their Xbox counterparts, who will have a longer wait for Microsoft's rival game console to start selling in Singapore.

Microsoft's next-gen console - the Xbox One - will start selling in 13 countries in North America, Europe and Oceania on Nov 22 but the computing giant has yet to firm up its launch dates for Asia. It had indicated in June that late next year was the timeline video gamers in Asia should be thinking about.

Mr Ben Tan, chief operating officer of home-grown electronics superstore Challenger Technologies, said Sony's early launch date was great news for console gaming fans here.

"We have been receiving a lot of queries from consumers about the PS4 over the last few months," he added.

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