The PlayStation 4 will launch in North America November 15, with a European bow to follow on November 29. Sony confirmed the release dates today as part of its Gamescom press conference, adding that the system will roll out in a total of 32 countries this holiday season.
Before announcing the dates, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House also touted the company's success in building anticipation for the system. To date, he said the PS4 has attracted more than 1 million preorders globally.
House also used the event to unveil a new next-gen upgrade program, saying gamers who purchase the PS3 versions of select games will be able to buy digital versions of their next-gen counterparts at "a significantly discounted price."
Games already confirmed for the program include Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Assassin's Creed: Black Flag. House said Sony is also working to expand the number of publishers participating in the discount deals.
Similar upgrade incentives have been offered for Xbox One titles lately. Amazon and GameStop both have programs allowing players who purchase an Xbox 360 version of select games to trade that title in toward the purchase of an Xbox One edition, which they can they obtain for $10.