Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida refused to pen down a specific release date for PlayStation 4 in Europe.
We now know that the “Holiday 2013” release date touted during the February 20th unveiling is intended for North America and Japan but not for Europe.
But Yoshida didn’t rule out the possibility of simultaneous global launch.
"Europe is an enormously important market," he said evadingly. "That's no question. So I hope European consumers can play PS4 as soon as it's available somewhere, but I'm not making promises."
"For one thing the system has to be complete and we have to understand the manufacturing pace of it," he added. "Then we have to kind of look at the demand predictions and we have to decide whether we can go global or [staggered release]. So it takes more time for us to know that."
PlayStation 3 launched in Europe 4 months after it was available in North America and Japan.