An allegedly coordinated Christmas day hack brought down the gaming consoles, both hot gifts for the holiday season, although Xbox has been working at near full capacity since Friday.

Johannesburg - Ster Kinekor Entertainment on Wednesday announced that the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system will launch December 6, 2013.

Says Mario Dos Santos, SKE CEO: “South Africa will be releasing the PlayStation 4 prior to Christmas 2013 due to the logistics of getting the stock to our shores”.

“The price point, although not officially set due to the uncertainty around the Rand exchange rate, is currently planned at an RRP of R6 299 including VAT and it will not be beyond this for launch. Retail will be communicated to plan at these levels.”

PS4 is a next generation computer entertainment system that redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, deeply integrated social capabilities, and innovative second-screen features utilising devices such as PlayStation Vita.

As part of this initiative, PS4 will support Twitch, a live internet streaming service devoted to videogaming, concurrently with the release of the system.

Since its launch in 2011, Twitch has earned remarkable popularity worldwide as a live streaming video platform oriented towards videogaming, gathering more than 38 million visitors per month.

PS4 users can easily broadcast their gameplay to their Twitch channel in real-time to gaming fans across the world, by simply hitting DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller’s “SHARE button”.

A total of 15 Blu-ray Disc titles developed by SCE Worldwide Studios and numerous software developers and publishers from around the globe will be released between the launch of PS4 and December 31.