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PlayStation 4 now available in 48 countries, including South Africa
PlayStation 4 now available in 48 countries, including South Africa
December 13, 2013 | By Mike Rose

December 13, 2013 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Newsbrief: The PlayStation 4 is now available to purchase in 48 countries worldwide from today, with launches in regions such as Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey, and South Africa.

The Sony next-gen console launched in the U.S., Australasia and much of Europe in November. Now Sony is hoping that this additional 16 countries will help boost PS4 sales even more. This compares to the 13 countries from which the Xbox One is currently available.

Of course, it's looking rather neck-and-neck between the Xbox One and the PS4 up to this point, although it remains to be seen whether one of the consoles will pull away from the other as more units are shipped to retailers.

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B Reg
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Sony will definitely be taking the lead, with a lot of countries probably having to wait till the end of 2014 before seeing the xone hitting the stores. Especially in countries in Europe which are totally ignored by MS at this point and in the near future, many consumers will buy the consoles their friends have bought. Only in the US I predict a head to head race, since the US is Microsoft's main focus with sport and TV series.

Jarod Smiley
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neck-n-neck is a tad misleading I think...There are close, but it's not 2.1 mil to 2 mil as the title of that article implies. Based off what NPD said yesterday, PS4 sold more units and had more software purchases. U.S Amazon store (this is not directly related to sales, but an indication) has 2 or 3 times as many reviews for PS4 launch units, accessories and bundles versus X1, and reports are popping up locally that X1 is a tad easier to find.

No way to know for certain, but this is a MS spin of numbers, which I'm sure Gamasutra realizes, so don't understand why you used the phrase "neck-n-neck" versus "close" or "comparable".

Either way, we'll find out soon enough once the hype goes back to normal if there's a market leader by a significant margin.

Peter Eisenmann
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That's nice and all, but why are they still demanding up to 70 Euros (95 Dollars) for a game that is 60$ in the states? Taxes alone cannot lead to 50% higher prices I'd hope.

Leszek Szczepanski
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I'm really wondering which console will be more popular in Eastern Europe. Xbox 360 had a lead over PS3 initially due it's more "relaxed" copy protection mechanism.

MS is notorious for ignoring that part of the world. I know that Xbox Live reached Poland only this year. I wouldn't be surprised if XBone would reach countries like Czech republic, Ukraine or Poland in 2015.

Although these markets are not that big, it's kind of weird to abandon places where one used to have a lead.

Doug Poston
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If by "relaxed copy protection" you mean "easy to pirate games on", then I think you've answered why MS is ignoring that part of the world.