Well, as part of the Gamescom trade show, Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 would be released in North America on November 15. (November 29 in Europe and Latin America!) They’re promising 33 titles by the end of December, but Microsoft has a list of over 20 games that will be available when the Xbox One launches… whenever that is, since they didn’t actually announce a firm date yet.
I’m actually more excited that there’s finally been a price drop on the Vita, but I’ll put all the information after the jump so as not to clog up the main page!
Sony is promising that over 180 PS4 titles are in development, but by the end of the year, they’ll have 33 games including NBA 2K13, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Skylanders, Swap Force, Need For Speed: Rivals, Battlefield 4, Madden 25, FIFA 14, NBA Live, Killzone: Shadow Fall, #DRIVECLUB, Knack, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Watch_Dogs, Just Dance 2014 and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Of course, it’s anyone’s guess at this point which of those games will actually be on store shelves alongside the console on November 15.
But while Microsoft hasn’t given an actual release date for the Xbox One, they have declared a list of over 20 games that they’re promising will launch alongside the console. (And since there are some duplicates with Sony’s list, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to assume those will be out at the PS4′s launch as well) They are: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Crimson Dragon, Dead Rising 3, FIFA 14, Fighter Within, Forza Motorsport 5, Just Dance 2014, Killer Instinct, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Lococycle, Madden NFL 25, NBA 2K14, NBA LIVE 14, Need For Speed: Rivals, Peggle 2, Powerstar Golf, Ryse: Son of Rome, Skylanders: Swap Force, Watch_Dogs, Zoo Tycoon, and Zumba Fitness: World Party.
Now, I’m not sure why there are two NBA games coming out, but what do I know? I don’t play sports games. Still, there aren’t really any system-sellers for me on either list. Your mileage may vary, obviously. But many of these games are also going to be released on the current-gen Xbox 360 and PS3, so you won’t really need to invest in a new console to play them. At least, not unless developers add some awesome new feature only available on the PS4 or Xbox One besides prettier graphics. It’s not likely, but it could happen.
The Gamescom announcement I’m most excited about is that Sony has at long last dropped the price of the Vita to $199 in North America. It’s a much more reasonable price, and even if the library isn’t that impressive, it’s at least been out long enough that there’s a little something in every genre no matter what your interests. Plus, there’s Tearaway coming out soon, which I’ve been wanting to play, but haven’t been able to justify buying an overpriced Vita system just to play it. Sony has also announced that they’re dropping the prices slightly on their proprietary memory cards. (thanks again, Nintendo, for going with generic SD cards!) A 32GB card will still run you $79.99, but that’s down $20 from $99.99. A 16GB is now $39.99, the 8GB is $19.99 and the 4GB is $14.99. This is also good news because one of the most appealing aspects of the Vita to me is the ability to download and play all those classic PlayStation games, of which there are quite a few I never got around to back in the day. Also, Sony is planning on using the Vita for Remote Play with the PS4, allowing you to play PS4 games on your Vita via WiFi at home. So that’s pretty cool.
So what do you think? Does the price drop inspire you to get a Vita? And are there any games on either list to convince you to pre-order a PS4 or Xbox One? Or did you already pre-order a console without even knowing or caring what you’d be playing on launch day?