Why the PlayStation 4 and new Xbox won't be released in Australia in 2013

by Leigh Harris Featured 22 Comments 32 Votes 3510 Views 04/04/2013 Back to Articles

Don’t count your PlayStation 4s before they hatch, people. The next generation of gaming consoles may yet miss 2013 for humble countries like Australia and New Zealand.

I hate to be the burster of bubbles, but it just doesn’t seem that certain that we’ll actually be embracing our shiny new PlayStations and Xboxes come Christmas time this year.

I base this on a couple of points:

The next generation of gaming consoles may yet miss 2013 for humble countries like Australia and New Zealand.

Firstly, that Australia and New Zealand received the PlayStation 3 on 23rd March 2007 (it was released during the holiday season of 2006 in North America and Japan only), and that the Xbox 360 hit on 23rd March 2006 (again, with the telltale almost half year delay).

Secondly, I noticed some comments made by GameStop yesterday that it was looking like supply might not meet demand. If it’s looking like those in North America aren’t going to be able to fill all their orders for day one, why would we suspect they’d go to the trouble of diluting their impact with a multi-region release?

None of this is confirmed, of course, but there’s no historical precedent for us getting consoles at the same time as North America (just look at the original Xbox in New Zealand), and no reason to think anything will be different this time around.

So where does that leave us?

Well, not in quite as bad a position as you might think.

How many times this year have you heard the phrase ‘Coming to PS3, 360, PS4 and other next generation consoles’?

There certainly were many titles which went cross-generation when the PS3 and 360 came out, but most of them were revved up versions of the current gen console versions at the time. Of course, the experience itself isn’t going to be the exact same, but if it came down to playing Bioshock Infinite today on PS3 or a year from now on PS4, which would you rather?

In fact, while I’m certain Microsoft are soon to announce some big new games for their new console, we’re really not looking at a launch lineup which is eclipsing what else will be out this Christmas.

Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Grand Theft Auto V — these gems will all be available on current gen consoles.

Sure, the new generation will spurn new interest in the market, but it’ll still have that down period of asking us all to buy into the new generation with hard cash, and those making Triple A blockbusters will inevitably be forced to embrace as many platforms as possible to make their money back.

It’s only the Beyond: Two Souls’ of this world which are definitely destined for next generation only — the majority of incredible titles coming out of 2013 are going to be just as playable this Christmas whether our humble region gets served its dose of PlayStation 4 and Xbox goodness or not.

A few things will soon happen

1. Microsoft will announce its new console

2. The hardware manufacturers will announce which countries will get the consoles on which dates (hint: Australia and New Zealand won’t be first in line)

3. The supposed ‘lull’ of interest in games will be rectified by shiny new hardware

4. The renewed excitement in games will see everyone make lots of money, make great games and dance together in a field of rainbows.

Sorry if I sound bitter, I’m really looking forward to some new hardware under my TV, just not that certain we ought to be waiting for a release date with bated breath given that it likely won’t apply to us in the short term. In the meantime, I’m going to keep playing Bioshock Infinite, looking forward to The Last of Us and just generally having an amazing early 2013 in gaming!

By Leigh Harris

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I have absolutely no confidence in them being released in Australia this year.
Thats no news, it was pretty obvious that this was going to happen, They never do until about 6 months after everywhere else

You didn't burst any ones bubble because its not a shock at all, I have said a few times it wont be released here this year
Not a big fuss for me given the track record of the first generations of these consoles having failure rates in the high 20%
big fail if they cant make the demand for a world wide release then they are all making a big mistake, playing games online 6 months later will make it an epic fail in my eyes for people who love playing online, but on good note i get to save my money as it will turn me off of them fullstop and i will only stick to my PC
The PS4 control looks terrible, and uncomfortable.

Scoot said: The PS4 control looks terrible, and uncomfortable.



it looks like a ps3 controller with minor tweaks and that was the best controller of last gen
"It’s only the Beyond: Two Souls’ of this world which are definitely destined for next generation only"

Stay sharp - Cage has gone on record confirming that Beyond is PS3 (and PS3 only). Not sure where you've got your info from, but it might be worth checking your sources ;).

However, there have been rumours floating around of the next Call of Duty being next-gen only. Only a rumour (like pretty much everything at the moment), but if that happens it will have an impact!
Meh! I've already waaaaay more games than I've got time to play them. Delaying the addition of a new console to buy isn't much of issue for me.
Possibly good news for Nintendo as it may allow the Wii U to get a foothold as people get impatient. Though that'll only happen if they actually release some games this year.
kinda suck but at least we can get a good look at the consoles before they get released here
Gives us more time to save up and possibly get more launch titles.

Ben said: I have absolutely no confidence in them being released in Australia this year.


Well not in-store shelfs.

Soon as they hit US stores i'll have a big box of em coming my way so i can make a nice big fat greedy profet by selling them at an slightly inflated price to kiddies who cain wait.

About 6-8 of them depending on launch prices :P

I know of someone who worked for Bethesda last year and I know of a rumour of the new Xbox will be released in the USA Sep-Nov 2013. I have been sworn to secrecy on other information, but let me just say they have scored an exclusive release title that will shock a few ppl??? I'd say more of a timed exclusive, but if you follow gaming with a eagle eye you will know this anyway
yeah we all know that its the new call of duty [Shifty]

MrSonic said: I know of someone who worked for Bethesda last year and I know of a rumour of the new Xbox will be released in the USA Sep-Nov 2013. I have been sworn to secrecy on other information, but let me just say they have scored an exclusive release title that will shock a few ppl??? I'd say more of a timed exclusive, but if you follow gaming with a eagle eye you will know this anyway



Yeah my dad who works at rockstar has shown me gameplay footage of GTAV. Looks amazing and there's so much you can do and explore. Although I've been sworn to secrecy so I can't really say much more, it's going to be GOTY contender
i wonder if elder scrolls online will come out on consoles

Tj866 said:

Scoot said: The PS4 control looks terrible, and uncomfortable.


it looks like a ps3 controller with minor tweaks and that was the best controller of last gen



Best controller? based on opinion maybe, but based on the science of comfort the 360s controller was actually better.
Just consider it more time to save your hard earned money so you aren't dirt poor when you actually get one.
Well if memory serves me correctly, the Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable) Australian release was delayed considerably specifically because of dwindling stock in North America...

And prior to this, other consoles of yesterday have also experienced significant delays due to stock issues - there's also the mandatory 6+ month wait for an Australian release of any new console.
At least Aussie's get to make sure these things are good before we buy.

@Devastator said: At least Aussie's get to make sure these things are good before we buy.


I agree with this. I'd rather wait than have a buggy console
It wont be released this year.
Which doesnt bother me..
Cause i've still got quite a few ps3 games to finish :L

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