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PS4 coming to Korea on Dec. 17

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PlayStation 4 will arrive in Korea come Dec. 17, reports South Korean news agency Yonhap News.

According to its website, the system is priced at 498,000 won, or roughly $490, with 19 titles available at launch. Five of these will be localized in Korean.

This places the South Korean launch of the new console ahead of the Japanese release on Feb. 22, 2014. At Tokyo Game Show, Sony previously announced PlayStation 4 launches in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Korea prior to its release in Japan.

The late launch of the PlayStation 4 in Japan is, in part, a response to the lack of games aimed at Japanese consumers from Japanese developers, Sony Computer Entertainment senior VP Masayasu Ito told Polygon in an interview earlier in the year.

The Feb. 22 release date of PS4 will coincide with the launch of Sega's Yakuza Restoration and the beta of Square Enix's Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn for the next-gen console.