PS4 Release Date, Launch, Price and Availability: The Best Console yet?

News James Peckham 11:15, 22 Jan 2014

Everything you need to know about the PS4

PlayStation 4 Corrupting Error Recieves Fix

Yesterday we reported on PlayStation 4 users receiving an error which corrupts saves. Sony announced it had been investigating how to avoid it and now it has revealed a way.

Taking to the PlayStation Forum LordRoss, a community Coordinator on the site, said, "If you are experiencing this ce-34878-0 error code, please close the application and then install the latest system software and game patch.”

"If the error occurs again, initialise the PS4 system after back-up of the save data and please also submit any crash reports after re-booting your console when the error occurs."

Other PlayStation Forum users don’t seem satisfied with the response though. Users have taken to the forum to voice their anger at a lack of explanation from Sony if the problem is an issue with the console or the latest software update.

Others are annoyed they won’t be able to retrieve their previously lost saves. It’s unlikely those save games will ever be retrieved.

Some users have confirmed the fix does work for them but still doesn’t retrieve any lost game saves.

PlayStation 4 Corrupting Error Being Investigated

Sony has announced it is investigating an error on the PS4 which corrupts save files. The error is called  CE-34878-0 and users who have experienced it say it corrupts game saves from some of the biggest titles on the platform.

A Sony spokesperson told Eurogamer, “We are aware of the cases and we appreciate your patience while we investigate.”

There’s a thread on the PlayStation forum which explains the problems PS4 users have experienced. The games affected are A-list titles including Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Call of Duty: Ghsots, NBA 2K14 and Assasins Creed 4: Black Flag.

The first reported error on the forum came on December 4 2013 and was affecting FIFA 14.  The user commented saying, “I keep getting an error screen show up after every game on Fifa 14, displaying CE-34878-0. I've looked into it and online it says that the 'application has crashed'. I've deleted it and re-installed it but no success. It keeps doing it.”

Have you experienced the error on your PlayStation 4?

Bethesda hint at Skyrim on PlayStation 4

Soon you may be able to become Dragonborn (again?) on the next generation consoles. Skyrim is reportedly launching on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The game launched in late 2011 and is currently available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Bethesda, developer for the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, posted on its website that the game is available for the next generation consoles before quickly pulling it down. This being the internet someone saw and quickly grabbed a snapshot.

Bethesda also asked a number of publications to attend a very special announcement on January 12. With rumours circulating and various leaks for the next installment of the Fallout franchise that could be the plan but maybe an HD Skyrim is also on the cards?

Tomb Raider, a previous generation game from earlier 2013, is receiving a Definitive Edition for the new consoles which brings with it enhanced next-generation graphics. Could Bethesda be working on a similar rerelease for its fantasy swords and sorcery epic Skyrim? It seems quite likely. Hopefully we’ll know more on January 12.

Sony announce PlayStation Now streaming service

Classic games from PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation will soon be able to be streamed to the PS4 using PlayStation Now. The news came during Sony’s CES press conference where it revealed the extent of the technology.

Sony aim to deliver PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games via the PlayStation Now service. PlayStation 3 titles will come to PS4 and PS3 consoles first, followed by the PlayStation Vita.

The streaming technology used for PlayStation  Now is called Gaikai, a purchase Sony made in July 2012. The service will roll out with a limited beta in the US this month.

Andrew House, president of Sony said, "We are thrilled to deliver entertainment experiences only possible from PlayStation through our new streaming game service. PS Now will allow users to engage in the world of PlayStation, whether they're existing fans or have never owned a PlayStation platform."

Sony's streaming service will launch in the US this summer before making its way to European markets in 2015.

PlayStation Now will be available on a number of other platforms as well including smartphones, TV’s and tablets.

PS4 outsells Xbox One in the UK during 2013

Sony’s next generation PlayStation 4 outsold Microsoft’s Xbox One by 166,000 units in the UK since its launch. Throughout 2013, the PS4 sold 530,000 units whilst the Xbox One sold 364,000. The data comes from the Entertainment Retailers Association.

Both consoles have smashed records from previous console launches but it is clear Sony’s offering has taken the lead in the UK. Sony’s PS4 generated £181.8m on the UK high street whilst Microstof’s Xbox One earnt £144.5m. Combined the next generation consoles earned £326m across the UK.

Kim Bayley, Director General of the ERA said, “Games continue to deliver digital sales strongly, but it was disappointing that Xbox One and PS4 came so late in 2013 and then huge demand meant stock sold out quickly. Retailers will be working hard in 2014 to maintain the sales momentum of these two great new pieces of kit.”

Both consoles are clearly selling well and it’s good to see both systems gaining such high sales figures. These figures only represent the UK and both consoles have yet to launch in vital markets such as Japan, meaning things could change a great deal in the coming weeks and months. 

Check out our review of the Xbox One here.

Killzone: Shadow Fall free for one weekend

If you’ve got your hands on a PS4, it’s likely you’re a PlayStation Plus member, if not you should be. Sony is offering the chance to play the multiplayer of Killzone: Shadow Fall for free between Saturday 28 and Tuesday 31 December.

It will run from midnight 28until midnight January 1. Sony also announced today that all future maps releases for the exclusive title will be free. It said it was taking the move to make sure the online community is not fragmented.

If you didn’t pick up the game at launch this is a great opportunity to try it out and decide if it’s worth your money. It’s also perfect timing as gamers begin to get bored after days of excessive alcohol and pigs in blankets.

PS4 is now available in another 12 countries

Sony has announced on the PlayStation Blog that the PS4 is available in 12 more countries from today. Countries in  which the console is released today include the Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and South Africa.

We already knew the console would be available in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Paraquay and Uraguay today but that brings the grand total to 48 countries which can now access the PS4, as long as stock is avaliable. The most interesting thing from this piece of news will be to see how well the console takes in these markets and what effect it will have on sales figures.

Microsoft’s Xbox One is only available in 13 countries but has sold over 2 million units so far.

PS4 firmware 1.52 update now rolling out (Dec. 11)

The firmware update 1.52 will begin rolling out to the PS4 on Dec. 11, Sony has confirmed. Sony announced the news through its official PlayStation Twitter. The update is said to improve the systems stability in the US. There is still no news on whether the update will be coming to UK consoles, however.

PS4 system update 1.52 coming soon, improves system software stability. Protip: Enable Auto Downloads and leave your PS4 in standby mode!

— PlayStation (@PlayStation) December 11, 2013

The actual features of the update are currently unclear but if you leave your PS4 in standby mode it’ll automatically download the firmware. If you want to manually download the firmware, go to the Settings tab and select System Software Update. We’ll keep you posted of the updates and features as soon as we know more.

PS4 outselling Xbox One by 66% in the US?

Sony’s PlayStation 4 is outselling the Xbox One just because it’s cheaper, says one expert. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter said in a note to investors that he estimates the PS4 sold 1.25 million units during November in the US, compared to Xbox One selling 750,000.

Pachter said, "The reason Sony beats Microsoft is solely the price. Microsoft loses the next generation unless they cut price." If his figures are correct the PS4 is in front by 66%.

The PS4 launched on November 15 in the US whilst the Xbox One launched globally on November 22. Could this be a factor in why Sony has pulled ahead? A seven day lead in a space as competitive as gaming is a long time, even more so when you factor in the hype surrounding these machines. 

Pachter also believes PS3 sales have fallen 28% year-on-year, the Xbox 360 44% and the Wii U a whopping 65%. It’s hard to believe the Wii U has dropped so much, considering lifetime sales have been so bad. Only time will tell which next generation console will sell more. Microsoft have been reluctant to release sales figures whilst Sony revealed earlier this month that it sold 2.1 million PS4’s worldwide.

PS4 and PS Vita free gifts at Carphone Warehouse

Following on from a bunch of contracts for the Xbox One and PS4, Carphone Warehouse are now offering a contract with not one, but two consoles as free gifts. Sony’s PS4 and PS Vita integrate well with the Vita acting as a second screen to play your PS4 on whilst away from your TV. So Carphone Warehouse has bundled the two consoles in together, plus a phone, not a bad deal at all.

It’s a Vodafone contract for a Sony Xperia E and has an upfront cost of £99. For that you get yourself unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and a whopping 4GB of internet per month.  On top of that there’s a free PS4 and a free PS Vita. A PS4 and Vita bundle costs £500 to buy outright so it’s a pretty good deal if you’re interested in gaming. It’s a nifty way of getting your hands on a PS4 if you haven’t been lucky enough already.

Carphone Warehouse isn't shouting and screaming about this deal yet which suggests stock is quite limited. The deal is currently only available online and there’s no word if it will start to offer the deal in shops.

PS4 users have shared 6.5 million times

The Xbox One and PS4 both place plenty of emphasis on social networking. The PS4's Dualshock 4 controller even comes with a share button right where select and start used to be. Since the PS4's release two and a half weeks ago, users players have hit the share button 6.5 million times.

Sony announced the statistic through its official PlayStation Europe Twitter account. It doesn’t give us much more information than Microsoft’s Xbox One live statistics. What we have learnt though is the share button is a success with millions of gamers uploading content from their PS4 consoles to the web via things like Twitch, Twitter and Facebook.

PS4 sells 2.1 million units in just over two weeks

Since the PS4 launched in North America two weeks ago it has sold 2.1 million units worldwide. The PS4 then launched in Europe and Australasia last week, adding an additional 700,000 sales. In the UK alone the PS4 sold 250,000 units in just 24 hours, easily surpassing Sony’s own record of sales with the PSP.

Sony President Andrew House said: “PS4's North American debut on November 15 was PlayStation's largest ever, with more than one million gamers picking up a PS4 in just 24 hours. Now, with PS4's global launch expanding to a total of 32 countries worldwide, including Europe and Latin America, I'm proud to announce that more than 2.1 million PS4s have been sold.”

The console won’t launch in Asia until the first quarter of 2014. The PS4 hasn’t even launched in Sony’s home country of Japan yet. Current sales figures put the PS4 is ahead of both the Xbox One and Nintendo's Wii U – although the latter device launched over a year ago. 

"I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence," said House. “In addition to an incredible lineup of PS4 games from the best developers in the world, we will continue to introduce valuable new features and services to PS4 in the months and years ahead."

PS4 is the fastest-selling console in the UK

Sony’s next generation console has outsold the Xbox One and become to fastest-selling games console of all time in the UK. The PS4 beat the record Sony previously set with the PSP which had sold 185,000 units in three days by selling 250,000 consoles within 48 hours of going on sale.

According to MCV, the PS4 will have generated around £90 million in sales for Sony, and that’s just the opening weekend.

Microsoft's Xbox One sold 150,000 units in the UK, meaning Sony has sold 100,000 more consoles than its nearest rival so far. Both consoles have also beat the Wii U’s lifetime sales, a whole year since release, within a matter of days. Neither company has revealed official figures but unofficial figures confirmed to MCV have revealed the information.

Killzone: Shadow Fall has taken the top PlayStation 4 exclusive spot on the games sales charts. Call of Duty: Ghosts has topped the multi-platform chart by selling just over 6000 units more than FIFA 14.

Sony disables certain PSN features for launch day

Sony has disabled certain features of is gaming network for the launch of the PlayStation 4 in Europe. Sony said it took the measure to ensure players to connect to the network in Europe.

The features which have been disabled are “What’s new”, which allows you to discover what your friends are up to and the “Content Information Screen” which shows your friends activity. All other features including online gaming, friending, sharing videos and trophies are still up and running.

Sony’s Fred Dutton said: “We want to make sure that your online experience is positive. To help ensure that this happens, we have made the decision to switch off a couple of features for European customers on day one. These features will then be switched back on a few days later, once the intensity of launch day calms down.”

PS4 launches in UK and throughout Europe

Sony’s PS4 has launched all over the country and throughout Europe with hundreds of midnight launches taking place so that thousands of buyers could get their hands on the console. Some fans outside the PS4 lounge in Covent Garden had been queuing since Tuesday.

Launch day pre-orders sold out in most retailers in August but a bunch of consoles were available from the PS4 lounge. The console is up against stiff competition from Microsoft’s Xbox One, which launched last week.

Consoles were sold on a first come first served basis. Dominos and Red Bull supplied food and drink to the people queuing outside the PS4 lounge. A number of supermarkets and GAME stores opened at midnight to supply game hungry fans with their consoles.

Imran Choudhary, from London, was the first to claim his console from the PS4 lounge in Covent Garden after queuing since Tuesday. He described the atmosphere in the queue as “electric”.

Sony also arranged a performance by Tinie Tempah at the PS4 launch party. Expect a review of the PlayStation 4 to appear on the site in the next few weeks.

PS4 winning social media battle against Xbox One

Sony’s PlayStation 4 is winning the social media landscape as it’s discussed 40% more than Microsoft’s Xbox One. Comments are three times as positive for the PS4 compared with the Xbox One.

Research company Synthesio carried out a study of social media updates, forums and comment sections on websites and found nearly half of the comments about Xbox One cited problems such as faulty hardware.

In terms of PS4 discussion the most popular topic was the fact owners need to buy a separate camera but only five percent of these comments were negative. Catriona Oldershaw, Managing Director UK of Synthesio, said: "Although the PS4 has only just had its European launch, there is still a markedly higher level of online buzz compared to the Xbox.

“The Xbox One has received criticism in some quarters due to hardware glitches, however, consumers are still very positive about the hand gesture and voice recognition upgrades. If the Xbox hadn't experienced teething problems, we would have expected the proportion of positive comments to rival the PS4.”

Both companies have experienced teething problems though with the PS4 suffering from the “blue light of death” and the Xbox One suffering disc drive issues. Only time will tell if both consoles are successful.

Supermarkets have extra PS4 stock tonight

Regretting not preordering yourself a PS4? With the amount of hype around the new consoles we can understand why but there is hope. A number of supermarkets across the country will have extra stock to sell at midnight including Tesco and ASDA stores.

There’s no need to preorder and all consoles will be sold on a first come first served basis. Use the link to check which out of all the 150 Tesco Extra stores will be open. ASDA are also opening 155 stores but not all will be open at midnight so check this handy list from MCV to find out where.

The PS4 will cost £349.99 with game bundled packages costing more. If you want to secure yourself a console tonight you’ll need to get there early, they’re going to sell fast.

PS4 outselling Xbox One on Amazon UK

Pre-order levels have been revealed by Amazon UK and Sony’s PS4 is outselling Microsoft’s Xbox One on the site. The PS4 is set to be the fastest selling console ever sold on Amazon UK topping the pre-order charts and “Most Wished For” list.

"The operation to deliver a new Playstation to Amazon customers on release day is well underway”said Xavier Garambois, VP of EU retail at Amazon.

"The pre-orders we have seen for both the Xbox One and PS4 show that gamers across the UK are eager to be amongst the first to try out the latest gaming experience, and the much-anticipated release of these next generation consoles is guaranteed to lead to hours of gaming pleasure."

Amazon UK has also said that it can no longer promise deliveries before Christmas unless you’ve preordered the PS4 with the retailer. There is now a message on the website which states: "Customers who pre-order this console from November 14 will receive their consoles after Christmas."

Shipping has started at Amazon UK and a number of other retailers ready for tomorrow's big launch day. Many are preparing for the midnight launch taking place at a number of retailers across the country. Sony is running a launch party in Covent Garden tonight including a performance from Tinie Tempah and a number of consoles will be available to buy at the event.

Sony PS4 delivery could be early for some

Officially retailers aren’t allowed to sell the console until midnight tonight, but some who have pre-ordered online have received delivery notifications saying they’ll be getting their PS4 early. Some delivery notifications have said it will arrive today. If that’s true it’ll be at least 12 hours before it should have been delivered.

Inevitably the internet has gone into meltdown about the potential 12 hours of extra gaming time. Most of the messages on Twitter state delivery notifications from DPD, a major parcel delivery service in the UK. But there is a chance user's dreams won’t come true as @shoptonet posted saying DPD has confirmed it sent the messages in error.

We have been made aware that some customers have received a text/e-mail from DPD in error advising their PS4 is out for delivery today.

— ShopTo (@shoptonet) November 28, 2013

Sony’s console is launching throughout Europe on November 29 and will be available at a number of retailers at midnight tonight. If you weren’t prepared enough to preorder yourself a console get down to Covent Garden’s launch party to bag yourself one of the few on sale tonight.

PlayStation Store games now cost same as Xbox One

There has been some panic this week as some PS4 games were vastly overpriced on the PlayStation Store. EA’s games including FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4 were priced at £63 on the digital platform.

EA didn’t explain why the games cost so much when on Xbox One’s store they cost £55.

But now there is hope, all games on the PlayStation Store have been brought into line with the price they are being sold for on Xbox One.

Most of these titles, including Assassin’s Creed 4, FIFA 14, Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed: Rivals, cost £54.99 which is the same as on the Xbox One store.

Many are still upset, as the games cost more to download than purchase physical copies, FIFA 14 for example is available on Amazon for £47 with free delivery.

It’s a strange choice to make downloadable content more expensive than physical copies of the games. After shipping costs, retailers profits and a bunch of other expenses we would expect it to be vastly cheaper for manufacturers to sell the downloadable title.

PlayStation 4 Specs

Price £349
Optical Drive Blu-ray/DVD
Game DVR PS+, subscription not required 
CPU Single-chip x86 AMD "Jaguar" processor, 8 cores
GPU AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next engine w/ 1152 shaders
Storage 500 GB Hard Drive 
External Storage No
Removable Hard Drive Yes
Cloud Storage Yes 
Play As You Download Yes 
Remote Download Yes 
Account Access from Multiple Consoles Yes
Mandatory Game Installs No
Required Internet Connection No
Used Game Fee No
Digital game sharing or gifting No
Backwards Compatibility None 
Cross Game Chat Yes 
Controllers DualShock 4 (included)
Controller Batteries Rechargable
Motion Control PlayStation Eye (not included)
Second Screen Vita & PlayStation app (not included)
Voice Commands Yes
Subscription Service PlayStation Plus
USB USB 3.0 (2 ports)
Live Streaming Yes
Reputation Preservation Trophies will be ported
Web Connection Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
BlueTooth 2.1
Wi-Fi Direct (for Device Connection) No
A/V Hookups HDMI output (4K support), Optical output
Power Supply (PSU) Internal
Near Field Communication (NFC) No
Region Locked No 

Twitch cracks down on Playroom live streaming

Sony must have seen this one coming. Twitch, a system which allows you to livestream content straight from your PS4, has restated its terms of use which essentially means there’s a ban on "non-gaming content."

Users can live stream straight from their PS4 through a free title called Playroom, a game which uses the PlayStation Eye camera to film the user’s living room. Inevitably this power has been used by a number of people to film nudity, guns and a number of other things. One person even used the streaming service as a call-in show format.

Twitch has now tweeted a number of messages restating its terms of service.

Kotaku spoke to a Twitch spokesperson who said, “As Twitch continues to attract new broadcasters, we want to keep our terms of service top of mind and reiterate we are a destination for video game-related content."

"We also have a team, supported by a predominantly positive minded community, that works around the clock to ensure our TOS is being adhered to. It is at the discretion of our partners to determine which Twitch features are integrated into their hardware and software.”

O2 offering contracts bundles with the PS4

Here’s an odd supplier for the PS4, O2 has announced it will be stocking the next generation console. The PlayStation 4, which is sold out in most retailers across the country, is available as part of a bundle with Sony’s latest flagship phone the Xperia Z1.

O2 offers a bundle for £52 a month plus an upfront cost of £89.99 which includes a PlayStation 4 console, Killzone: Shadow Fall, 12 months free access to the PlayStation Plus service alongside an Xperia Z1 with unlimited minutes, texts and 1GB of data.

“Our bundle brings together the best of gaming and mobile this Christmas,” said David Johnson, General Manager Devices for O2 in the UK. “We know our customers love to play and now they can enjoy brilliant gaming with O2, whether they’re at home or on the go. And with our O2 Refresh tariffs getting into the game is cheaper than ever before.”

The deal is available from release day, Friday 29 November and will be in 65 stores nationwide.

This seems like a good deal to anyone who hasn’t already preordered their next generation console or can’t afford to pay for it up front. It’ll sell out quickly though so if you’re interested you’ll need to act fast.

London PS4 queue starts 48 hours before release

Gamers who failed to preorder the PS4 have begun bracing the cold in order to receive the console on day one. The queue has formed outside the PS4 Lounge in Covent Garden, London which will play host to Sony’s launch party on Thursday night.

Temperatures will drop to around 4 degrees Celsius as they embrace yet another night in the cold tonight. The Sony PS4 Lounge is at 17 Bedford Street, Covent Garden where excited gamers will be fed and watered by Domino’s and Red Bull.

In the US and Canada alone the PS4 sold over a million units. Almost all of the UK retailers have run out of pre-orders but Sony has announced there will be a limited number of consoles for sale at the launch party. The event includes an exclusive performance by Tinie Tempah and a bunch of other PS4 related content.

“Day one PS4 pre-orders sold out in record time and this could be the last chance for anyone who wants to get their hands on a console before Christmas”, said Fergal Gara, MD and VP, Sony Computer Entertainment UK & Ireland. “We really wanted to offer some way for people to buy on launch day, and this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone that hasn’t already pre-ordered to get their hands on a PS4 on day one.

Martyn Gibbs, GAME CEO said: “The excitement and anticipation for the PS4 launch is absolutely massive. We’re stepping into the next generation of gaming and this really is a fundamental shift for the industry. The PS4 launch is going to surpass anything Playstation has done before - our pre-order numbers are around four times higher than the PS3 and we’re seeing those numbers grow every day.”

The PS4 launches across the UK on 29 November, priced at £349, with over 400 stores hosting special midnight openings on 28 November. An official queue opens on Thursday in which customers will be given wristbands to guarantee their chance to get their hands on a PS4.

Sony recently overtook the iconic OXO tower in London to promote the launch of the PS4.

Sony could have solved the PS4's 'blue light of death'

Earlier in the week reports flooded in surrounding the flashing blue light emitting from the new Sony PS4 gaming console. But now Sony seems to have solved the
problem, or at least it thinks it has.

It seems as though Sony may have cracked the case; the company found that there might have been a few consoles damaged during shipping, causing the console to go on the fritz.

Since the November 15 US release of the new PS4, gamers from around the country have been confused by bright ‘blue light of death’ coming from their consoles.

Along with other reports of faulty HDMI jacks, the blue light complaints were reported to Sony, which assured users that the company was working on figuring out the cause, and hopefully a solution.

When the reports first surfaced the company insisted that the number of affected consoles was only 1% and it seems as though it is still staying with that statement. Satoshi Nakajima, a spokesperson from Sony told Bloomberg: “there have been several issues reported, which leads us to believe there isn’t a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of PS4 units.”

The PS4 will be avaliable in the UK from November 29th whilst its main rival, the Xbox One, was released globally last night.

Looks like you could be safe if you collect your console directly from the store but be sure to check for any damage during shipping if you are having it delivered to you.

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