Microsoft offers its congrats to Sony on its European PS4 launch

Microsoft sent over congratulatory messages to Sony for its North American PlayStation 4 launch two weeks ago, and today, Microsoft is doing the same for Sony's release of the PS4 in Europe.

The official Xbox UK Facebook and Twitter accounts sent out identical messages today offering Sony a friendly welcome to the PS4 in Europe, adding, "It's a great time to be a gamer." In addition to 18 countries in Europe, Sony also released the console in Australia, New Zealand and 10 countries in Latin America today. The PlayStation 4 has now launched in 32 markets, versus just 13 countries for the Xbox One.

Microsoft has yet to announce when and where their new game console will be released next, but Sony already has plans to expand the PS4 to even more countries in mid-December, including Southeast Asia territories like Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and more.

The PS4 will launch in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa on December 13th. It is also scheduled to be released in India sometime next month. Sony will launch the PS4 in its home country of Japan on February 22nd.

Source Xbox UK Facebook and Twitter accounts | Image via Microsoft

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why are people reacting so... strongly to this? this is just MS extending their "IE vs mozilla" friendly banter into the console wars.

This is good to see, contrary to what many believe Microsoft and Sony Gaming divisions have a healthy respect for one another and know full well that each needs the other in many respects.
The`re not kids, they live in the real world, have mortgages to pay and familys, etc. Healthy competition helps...

The fact this makes front page news here is a joke!
What next... Bill Gates welcomes new CEO to Microsoft? Bill Gates shakes hand of CEO.

Slow news day or what?

Brian Miller said,

What next... Bill Gates welcomes new CEO to Microsoft? Bill Gates shakes hand of CEO.

Why not ? that's big news for Investors , consumers, retail chains...

Brian Miller said,
The fact this makes front page news here is a joke

Why, don't like Good-sportsmanship ?
You feel that both SONY and MS have to hate each other ?

lol my first thought was MS made a few different jpegs and all that and all sony did was type it out on twitter. Its like since MS did it the first time now Sony had to or they would look bad. But maybe they did it without thinking about any of that. But seriosully is this going to be headline news AGAIN when sony congrats MS on their launch in more countries? The first congrats I can see why it was news but after that one it was pretty much mandatory and only news if they didnt.

i would have thought sony would put out a press release about record breaking sales in europe in 24 hours? what happened?

Just curious why is it such big news that they congrats each other? I see this on all the news sites though i barelly saw the one of sony giving congrats to MS.

I don't see it as big news but it is one of those positive gestures between competitors that you don't see everyday.

Majority of big news topics are subjected to debate and negative feedback. Topics like this are supposed to bring smiles to people's faces. So let's just say cheers to Microsoft and Sony.

deadonthefloor said,

Really?

I see it as blatant sarcasm amidst sign-in issues and all.

This image was posted before the issues where known.

deadonthefloor said,

Really?

I see it as blatant sarcasm amidst sign-in issues and all.

Perhaps if it was any other company, but this is a pretty routine congratulations.

deadonthefloor said,

Really?

I see it as blatant sarcasm amidst sign-in issues and all.

MS also did this for their American launch as well. =)

Houtei said,
Just curious why is it such big news that they congrats each other? I see this on all the news sites though i barelly saw the one of sony giving congrats to MS.

Sony didn't bother to turn it into a picture. I only saw a tweet from them. Microsoft brought their message compleetly in line with the identity of its product.