Yes! Finally it will be here. After a lot of speculation and rumours, next gen gaming is eventually arriving in India as we just received a media invite to the PS4 launch event to be held on December 18 in New Delhi. The calligraphic invite appears a bit cryptic, but nevertheless the message is clear.
Since its debut in the US and European markets last month, the PS4 has been creating quite a frenzy selling more than a million units on day one and two million units in just under two weeks and well on its way to achieve its target of selling more than 3 million PS4's by the end of the year. The PS4 sales have also outnumbered the Xbox One, which sold a 150,000 units in its first 48 hours whereas the PS3 sold a 165,000 units in the same amount of time. Analysts have also predicted that the PS4 is likely to sell 49 million consoles in the next five years.
While there is no information available regarding the price of the console, given the $399 price in the US, you can expect the price bracket to be around Rs.28,0000-Rs.30,000 mark. Sony India head Atindriya Bose said they will reveal the MRP of the console at the launch event, and also added that as of now, first party titles for the PS4 will retail at 3,999 INR and accessories such as the DualShock 4 and PS Eye camera will be available but in limited quantities.
While the confirmation over the launch of the next gen is good news for Indian gamers, catch here is that the launch line up is not as solid compared to the Xbox One. For Sony, apart from Kill Zone: Shadow Fall and Resogun, the launch line up looks a quite feeble, as their launch window got a severe blow with the delay of DriveClub, The Crew and Watch Dogs. If we ignore the third party titles for both consoles, as of now there are a very few exclusives available for the PS4. while, on the contrary Xbox One has titles that are stellar and at the same time offer a lot of variety.
I am sure all you freaks out there cant wait to get your hands dirty on Sony's next gen. We will keep you updated with all the latest on the PS4 India launch. Till then stay tuned and game on!