When Sony goes full-court press, they do it with style. Announced simultaneously on the official PlayStation Blog, US and UK PlayStation Facebook pages, and Twitter account, PlayStation will be holding a media event on Wednesday, February 20 in New York City to “discuss the future of the PlayStation business” according to IGN.com.
Is this the next generation of PlayStation in the wings? If it is anything other than the PlayStation 3’s successor, how will Sony manage expectations? And what could either possibility mean for the competition? At Invisible Gamer, we will do our best to keep you informed on the latest news regarding the expected next-generation. We will update this story as we learn more, and expect full coverage of the PlayStation media event (possibly in person) next month.
Update (10:15 pm, 1/31/13): According to The Wall Street Journal, as reported by The Verge, the next PlayStation will indeed be unveiled on 2/20 and release before the end of 2013. According to anonymous sources, the PlayStation 4 will feature more social aspects for users to interact, rather than focusing on technical specifications. The Journal also reports that Microsoft’s follow-up to the Xbox 360 will also release this year.
Update 2 (9:45 am, 2/1/13): Edge-Online reports that while North American and Japanese gamers can expect PlayStation 4 this fall, Europe may not see release until early 2014. Their sources also detail some of the new social integration functions, including the ability to share recorded gameplay and screenshots. The report also explains that the PS4 will ship with a new controller that features a touchpad in place of the Start, Select, and PS buttons found on the current DualShock design.