Let the countdown begin
You could say that the next generation console wars began when Nintendo's Wii U launched a year ago. Fair enough, though Sony and Microsoft have yet to release their much anticipated consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, respectively. Well, come November 15, 2013, Sony will officially join Nintendo in the next generation console battle with its PS4, which will be available on that date in the U.S. and Canada, the company announced .
Starting November 29, 2013, the PS4's availability will expand to Europe including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
At launch, the PS4 will support Twitch, a live Internet streaming service for gamers to show off their moves. Twitch already receives more than 38 million visitors per month, and that number will surely go up once the PS4 heads into retail.
Microsoft's competing Xbox One console will also launch in November , though a specific release date has not yet been revealed. Pricing will start at $500 for the Xbox One and $400 for the PS4. At present, Wii U pricing still starts at $300.