PS4 release date: October 21? Retail source leaks internal date

A NeoGAF poster and "mod-verified" retail employee has shared internal info that points to an early PlayStation 4 release date.

The user is Nealand Liquor, and here’s what he has to say (bold added for emphasis):

"Rumor: Our internal product release schedule from head office dropped yesterday and on Oct 21st an unnamed Sony console will be launched. Fyi all console revisions like the ps360 slims and Wii Mini were listed as ps360 & wii mini. Previously the wiiu, 3ds and vita were also only listed as Nintendo/Sony Console in the product name column.

Disclaimer: I just work at a very large retailer, managing the electronics sales force and nothing more. I have nothing to do with purchasing, nation wide merchandising or shipping. I am not trying to play this off as I have connections at Sony, or I am some sort of insider. It’s that just yesterday we received a product release schedule from our head office and I thought this is OT itt. These schedules btw, are for internal use only, designed to allow us time to create our instore merch plans. If the launch date for a product is unknown, it’s simply marked TBA. The only time a date is ever included is when we have received confirmation of said date from the product company."


Problem is, we’ve heard this story before. And something about October 21 just seems so soon. There’s also the fact of October 21 falling on a Monday. Everyone knows console releases traditionally fall… well, all over the place. Xbox 360 came out on a Tuesday. PlayStation 3 launched on a Friday. Before that, PS2 released on a Thursday. Nintendo Wii came out the Sunday after PS3.

If October 21 holds true, we’ll very likely hear about it at Sony’s GamesCom 2013 press conference, which you can watch live right here on PSU. In the meantime, sound off in the comments with your thoughts on this latest leak. Does October 21 tickle your prophetic senses?

Kyle Prahl is a PSU Managing Editor and October 21 skeptic. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook