PS4 will arrive in "at least" one region this year

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UK retail may be advertising the PS4 as due in 2013, but its arrival in Europe before Christmas is anything but guaranteed.

Indeed, SCEE UK MD Fergal Gara is happy to confirm that the machine definitely will launch in 2013, but won't go anywhere near specifying the regions in which it will arrive.

When asked by Digital Spy if it's the case that one region will get the PS4 this year?” Gara replied: "At least. It will launch this year, but the precise details as I say for exact dates, exact regions, is it all or some of them? We don't know.

"We will launch it this year. Exactly what regions, what timing, is being worked through. Which regions in 2013 – is it all of them, is it some of them? Is there some degree of phasing? We'll reveal that in more detail later but we can't yet."

It would be a shame for Sony to miss the key European (and possibly American) Christmas shopping period – particularly if Microsoft has plans on getting its new machine out of the door by then.