A stand-alone "glacier white" version of Sony’s (NASDAQ: SNE) PlayStation 4 will be available in Europe by the end of 2014, according to Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida.
In North America the white PlayStation 4 will be available as part of the PS4 Destiny bundle.
Last month, Sony revealed that the limited edition white PlayStation 4 would launch alongside upcoming action RPG first-person shooter "Destiny" this fall. The media brand made the announcement during its pre-E3 press event on June 9 in Los Angeles. Now, Sony assures fans you can purchase the console on its own – without the “Destiny” bundle.
Yoshida did not provide a specific launch date, but it’s presumably after the launch of “Destiny,” which hits shelves September 9 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
The “Destiny” bundle will be available for $449 and the PS4 will contain a 500GB hard drive, a copy of the game and a 30-day PlayStation Plus voucher.
“We believe Destiny could be Activision Publishing's third billion-dollar franchise, and we're working hard to make it the biggest new IP launch in video game history," CEO Eric Hirshberg said of the title on Feb. 6.
"Together, we are bringing gamers an ambitious and innovative game which combines the intensity of great first-person action, with the character investment and social connections of an RPG in an immense connected universe. We believe the game is on track to deliver record pre-orders for a new franchise, a public beta is planned for summer and we expect to launch the game on September 9.”
The game was originally planned for an early 2014 spring release on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3, but was delayed until this fall.
“Destiny” will take place 700 years in the future in a post-apocalyptic setting in the wake of a lucrative and successful period of exploration and peace called the Golden Age. The game is set in a universe where humans have colonized a number of livable planets in the solar system. However, a disastrous event known as “the Collapse” results in the mysterious destruction of these colonies, leaving mankind nearly extinct. When humans attempt to repopulate and recover after the Collapse, aggressive and dangerous alien races are discovered in various towns and cities. Players will have the task of investigating and destroying the aliens before the human race is entirely wiped out.