The PlayStation 4 is available in New Zealand from today.
Since 1995, Sony has sold more than 1.5 million consoles in New Zealand (including PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation Vita).
The strong demand for the company’s systems has continued with the PlayStation 4 – the first shipment of Sony’s latest console completely sold out before launch.
More consoles are expected to arrive early next year, although Sony is yet to provide a date.
When it does return, it’s possible the PlayStation 4 will be available bundled with the PS Vita.
Such a bundle is already available in the United Kingdom for £500 (NZ$1,009).
In related news, Sony has switched off a couple of PlayStation Network features in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand to ensure the console’s launch doesn’t cause network problems.
The "What's New" (activity feed) tile on the PlayStation 4's Dynamic Menu is disabled, and so is the Content Information Screen, which shows friends’ activity and information on a specific game.
“We have made the decision to switch off a couple of features for European customers on day one,” said SCEE Blog Manager Fred Dutton.
“These features will then be switched back on a few days later, once the intensity of launch day calms down.”
Here are some photos from Sony's PlayStation 4 launch party last night: