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Sony Teases Possible PlayStation 4 Announcement

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Is the next PlayStation on the way?

Sony has just published a video teasing the possible reveal of the company's next-gen PlayStation console. The short clip shows the four well-known PlayStation face button icons as well as a date: February 20. A teaser site has also been established, listing a time of 6pm EST on that date, which we assume is when we'll all get to see whatever Sony has in store.

An event was also just announced for the same date and time, called "PlayStation Meeting 2013." It should go without saying, but this type of impromptu announcement isn't exactly a common occurrence, and typically only takes place when a major reveal is in the works.

Could we be seeing the first teasers for the PlayStation 4, or whatever it ends up being named? Perhaps. Lucky for us, we have less than three weeks to wait before finding out.

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Neato. I'll be looking forward to that date, as I'm pretty unsure as to which console I'll be getting this time around, if any at all. So hopefully they have a good system to show off.

And the price? Around 700-800 US Dollars. If they repeat that nightmare of a press conference Sony did at E3 back in 2006...

Every time I hear about the PS4, I feel bad for my still-useful PS3. I can't feel excited about the new console!

...Especially because I'm afraid of the price. I know back then the PS3 was expensive because of the blu-ray but still, I believe the PS4 will be just as expensive as the PS3 when it came out.

Beautiful End:
Every time I hear about the PS4, I feel bad for my still-useful PS3. I can't feel excited about the new console!

...Especially because I'm afraid of the price. I know back then the PS3 was expensive because of the blu-ray but still, I believe the PS4 will be just as expensive as the PS3 when it came out.

Nope. Sony isn't going to make that mistake that huge again. It will be expensive, don't get me wrong, but I think the price point will be between 400 to 500 bucks.

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Beautiful End:
Every time I hear about the PS4, I feel bad for my still-useful PS3. I can't feel excited about the new console!

...Especially because I'm afraid of the price. I know back then the PS3 was expensive because of the blu-ray but still, I believe the PS4 will be just as expensive as the PS3 when it came out.

Nope. Sony isn't going to make that mistake that huge again. It will be expensive, don't get me wrong, but I think the price point will be between 400 to 500 bucks.

Yeah, that IS pretty expensive still.

I'll probably do the same thing I did when the PS3 came out: admire it from afar, wait a couple of years for the price to drop and then buy it 2/3s into the console's life cycle.

I'm not sure what else it could be other than an Orbis/PS4 tease. And, in all honesty, saying that they wanted Microsoft to reveal first was a dumb idea...if they meant it. If this turns out to be the PS4 reveal then they totally flipped on Microsoft and may have found the edge they didn't have with the current/last gen of the PS3/360/Wii era.

Either way, I'm excited. I still love my PS3, and it will be at least a year after a PS4 release before I buy the thing, but new tech is so fun to look at.

I'm intrigued, but I'm gonna save my excitement. Even if it is the new console, I'm going to wait and see if they follow through on their whole "Games are console locked" thing. Even as someone who's been a longtime Playstation and Sony supporter, if there is one thing that would turn me off of the PS4(?), that would be it.

Berithil:
I'm intrigued, but I'm gonna save my excitement. Even if it is the new console, I'm going to wait and see if they follow through on their whole "Games are console locked" thing. Even as someone who's been a longtime Playstation and Sony supporter, if there is one thing that would turn me off of the PS4(?), that would be it.

Ditto. I've owned a PS1, PS2, and PS3, and loved them all. But killing used games would stop me from buying a PS4. GameStop is not as evil as people seem to think they are.

I'm more excited for February 21. Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires and Metal Gear Rising come out.

Even if it IS the PS4, it doesn't really matter to me.

I'll end up waiting around a year or two before I get one...and that's IF they don't pull some sort of anti-used game tech.

I am about 80%-90% positive this is not a PS4 announcement. From my snooping around, it looks like it may be a cloud gaming service announcement after reviewing Gaikai feeds today. Last week they dramatically changed the website.

I have a slight worry that this teaser is just for some Playstation network update or new feature. Probably not, but the worry is still there. It does seem awkward that they announce a new system at some random event they made up one month in advance, instead of a yearly trade show.

Let's hope that if they do reveal the PS4, Sony doesn't add extra crap that adds to the base cost of a unit. I don't want, need, or have the money for a system with useless stuff like built in DVR, built in Move, 4K video, and stupid touchscreen/touchpanel six-axis motion controllers. Whatever they do have to show, it's price better be decent, and they tell us it's specs and capabilities quick and then spend more time on what kind of games and graphics we can expect at launch.

The next PlayStation needs to be delayed at the very least another 5 years. It's not been long enough since the PS3 was released. Pace yourself already, Sony.

Cid SilverWing:
The next PlayStation needs to be delayed at the very least another 5 years. It's not been long enough since the PS3 was released. Pace yourself already, Sony.

Is this sarcasm? Because if it isn't, it's been 7 years.

You know, with every new generation of consoles, we see HD rereleases of previous generation classics.

I wonder what games from this generation will be worthy enough for gamers to rebuy them all over again on the new system...

Cid SilverWing:
The next PlayStation needs to be delayed at the very least another 5 years. It's not been long enough since the PS3 was released. Pace yourself already, Sony.

7 years...It's been long enough. The console hardware is painfully outdated and severely limits the graphics on games. If the price isn't right though, what's gonna stop me from buying a PC with double the power for just a bit more?

PS3 was only released in November 2006, or so wikipedia says. So if the PS4 is released November 2013 then the PS3 will only be 7 years old, so much for the 10 year plan. I dont know what other gamers think by the PS3 has a lot of life in it, as does the 360...atleast another few years. An like with all the PS consoles, the amazing titles start coming out later in its life once the developers work out how to use it proper.....as all PS consoles were never user friendly for game developers.

Hopefully, fingers crossed, they will create a big WOW factor, especially this early in the year. If there is no WOW, then im not sure if the PS4 will succeed. I kinda with they wait till E3 and just go nuts with new tech, new games and really sell/hype that crap out of it. Somehow, i get the feeling on 20th Feb will be a vid showing the PS4 logo and "The future of gaming is here this fall" and that will be it. Hope not.

We don't need new hardware just new software / intellectual property. Give me Fallout 4 ON THE PS3 give me Minecraft ON THE PS3. In all reality all I want are GAMES ON THE PS3. No new hardware or gimmick. Give me the Left 4 dead series. Basically what I'm saying is give me something new to play not something new to play games on. I HAVE hardware GIVE me software.

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I'll reserve my excitement for now since I'm only going to buy it once I played everything PS3 has to offer.

But Sony has been in my good graces lately. So key word is 'eventually'...

SonOfVoorhees:
PS3 was only released in November 2006, or so wikipedia says. So if the PS4 is released November 2013 then the PS3 will only be 7 years old, so much for the 10 year plan. I dont know what other gamers think by the PS3 has a lot of life in it, as does the 360...atleast another few years. An like with all the PS consoles, the amazing titles start coming out later in its life once the developers work out how to use it proper.....as all PS consoles were never user friendly for game developers.

Hopefully, fingers crossed, they will create a big WOW factor, especially this early in the year. If there is no WOW, then im not sure if the PS4 will succeed. I kinda with they wait till E3 and just go nuts with new tech, new games and really sell/hype that crap out of it. Somehow, i get the feeling on 20th Feb will be a vid showing the PS4 logo and "The future of gaming is here this fall" and that will be it. Hope not.

10 year plan does not mean no console for 10 years. It means SUPPORT for 10 years, which they will have.

Wesley Brannock:

We don't need new hardware just new software / intellectual property. Give me Fallout 4 ON THE PS3 give me Minecraft ON THE PS3. In all reality all I want are GAMES ON THE PS3. No new hardware or gimmick. Give me the Left 4 dead series. Basically what I'm saying is give me something new to play not something new to play games on. I HAVE hardware GIVE me software.

( I won't reply to " Quotes ". )

You won't be getting Left for dead on consoles anytime soon. Valve hates closed systems, that's why they stick to PC.

A montage video of shapes and neon lights that is remembrance of the 1980's. In particular, it's kind of lame. Nothing spectacular as the PS2 or PS3 was (PS3 pre-videos were futuristic).

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It's already confirmed it's the PS4.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323701904578276672168365276.html

Until it comes from Sony's own mouth, nothing is confirmed.
That said, I'm not signing up for the Wall Street Journal, so I can't actually read the article you posted, but if this is the Wall Street source other sites have been quoting, it's another one of those vague 'people familiar with this matter state' kind of things, and I hold absolutely no degree of belief in those sources until they are confirmed correct by the company itself. If there's something in that article that is more than that, then perhaps this is as good as 'confirmed.'

OT: However, if it's not, (as I'm not yet believing it to be), I don't know what else it would be. Perhaps Sony is announcing that Home is finally out of beta. Making a huge tease like this for a cloud service seems unlikely, but I suppose it's possible.

The thing is, Sony has to know that when they make an announcement like this, the very first thing on people's minds, given how much speculation has been flying about it, is their next console. If they make this huge tease and then it isn't for the next PlayStation? I think there's gonna be some huge fallout to that that Sony aren't seeing.

Also, if it is for the next PlayStation, why would they make the announcement on February 20th? Why wouldn't they wait and make a killer press conference at E3? Is there some significance to the date that I'm not seeing? I mean, the Vita came out on the 22nd of February last year. Maybe the announcment is like a one-year anniversary type thing for it, and there's some big news on that front? Other than that, the first PlayStation launched in September, the 2nd in October, and the third in November, and the PSP in March (these are all the North American dates).

And then there's that. As far as I know, this mystery tease popped up on Sony's North American site first, and perhaps exclusively. If this were a PS4 announcement tease, shouldn't it have been on a Japanese site first? I mean, that is their country of origin, and all of their stuff comes out there first.

I dunno, guys. I don't know what it might be, but I'm not feeling a console announcement at the moment.

SonOfMethuselah:
for the next PlayStation, why would they make the announcement on February 20th? Why wouldn't they wait and make a killer press conference at E3? Is there some significance to the date that I'm not seeing?

The Destination PlayStation event kicks off in Arizona 5 days after the 20th.

It would be in their self interest to hasten the release, Sony just closed it's New York HQ. I'm not sure if they were cutting the fat or the meat. Based on the Japanese economy it could very well be they just cut the meat to save their Japanese HQ.

If these independent console developers move as fast as their timeline suggests, the proprietary nature of the big name consoles will isolate themselves and cause the big name publishers along with developers big & small to abandon them, for the low cost development of the Unix based consoles.

Fireprufe15:

Cid SilverWing:
The next PlayStation needs to be delayed at the very least another 5 years. It's not been long enough since the PS3 was released. Pace yourself already, Sony.

7 years...It's been long enough. The console hardware is painfully outdated and severely limits the graphics on games. If the price isn't right though, what's gonna stop me from buying a PC with double the power for just a bit more?

This. Modern PC graphics, release of the Wii U, and rumors of new systems from the others has put pressure on publishers; they're slowing down and waiting for the new hardware to be revealed before announcing anything themselves.

SonOfVoorhees:
PS3 was only released in November 2006, or so wikipedia says. So if the PS4 is released November 2013 then the PS3 will only be 7 years old, so much for the 10 year plan. I dont know what other gamers think by the PS3 has a lot of life in it, as does the 360...atleast another few years. An like with all the PS consoles, the amazing titles start coming out later in its life once the developers work out how to use it proper.....as all PS consoles were never user friendly for game developers.

Hopefully, fingers crossed, they will create a big WOW factor, especially this early in the year. If there is no WOW, then im not sure if the PS4 will succeed. I kinda with they wait till E3 and just go nuts with new tech, new games and really sell/hype that crap out of it. Somehow, i get the feeling on 20th Feb will be a vid showing the PS4 logo and "The future of gaming is here this fall" and that will be it. Hope not.

I think Sony pulled the usual corporate marketing talk with that 10 year plan. Didn't they consider the PS2 to have its own 10 year plan, too? They just stopped making PS2s about a month ago, so expect them to keep making PS3s along with PS4s until 2016 if the continue to sell up to then. New games for the old playstation will quickly go to a trickle when the new playstation picks up the pace a year after launch just like the last generation.

Best phones of 2006:
http://m.cnet.com.au/best-mobile-phones-of-2006-339272785.htm?redir=1
Best phones of 2012:
http://m.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/20-best-mobile-phones-in-the-world-today-645440

This is just a reminder of how much technology developed in the last six years for all of those who think 7 year old hardware is still 'fine'.

Fireprufe15:
Best phones of 2006:
http://m.cnet.com.au/best-mobile-phones-of-2006-339272785.htm?redir=1
Best phones of 2012:
http://m.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/20-best-mobile-phones-in-the-world-today-645440

This is just a reminder of how much technology developed in the last six years for all of those who think 7 year old hardware is still 'fine'.

...But it is fine. The PS3/360 still very much hold up to the modern standard, even compared to PC graphics. Although of course PC graphics have indeed far out-matched consoles, a) thats always the case and will remain that way in the next generation as well, b) games like Uncharted 3 aren't that far behind compared to PC games (it can still be considered a beautiful game, put it that way), and c) the Wii U doesn't exactly have powerful graphics and that is certainly 'next gen'.

Consoles aren't mobile phones; remember, the mobile phone market was kind of kicked into overdrive in terms of development speed when the iPhone forced the entire market to dramatically change. Before that, mobile phones weren't developing that fast.

Simalacrum:

Fireprufe15:
Best phones of 2006:
http://m.cnet.com.au/best-mobile-phones-of-2006-339272785.htm?redir=1
Best phones of 2012:
http://m.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/20-best-mobile-phones-in-the-world-today-645440

This is just a reminder of how much technology developed in the last six years for all of those who think 7 year old hardware is still 'fine'.

...But it is fine. The PS3/360 still very much hold up to the modern standard, even compared to PC graphics. Although of course PC graphics have indeed far out-matched consoles, a) thats always the case and will remain that way in the next generation as well, b) games like Uncharted 3 aren't that far behind compared to PC games (it can still be considered a beautiful game, put it that way), and c) the Wii U doesn't exactly have powerful graphics and that is certainly 'next gen'.

Consoles aren't mobile phones; remember, the mobile phone market was kind of kicked into overdrive in terms of development speed when the iPhone forced the entire market to dramatically change. Before that, mobile phones weren't developing that fast.

Yes consoles aren't mobile phones, they're computers made to play games. And yes, some of the games really are beautiful. This is due to art style and optimization, not power. As a PC gamer I think new consoles are definitely needed, they're holding back game innovation and better graphics.

Fireprufe15:

Simalacrum:

Fireprufe15:
Best phones of 2006:
http://m.cnet.com.au/best-mobile-phones-of-2006-339272785.htm?redir=1
Best phones of 2012:
http://m.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/20-best-mobile-phones-in-the-world-today-645440

This is just a reminder of how much technology developed in the last six years for all of those who think 7 year old hardware is still 'fine'.

...But it is fine. The PS3/360 still very much hold up to the modern standard, even compared to PC graphics. Although of course PC graphics have indeed far out-matched consoles, a) thats always the case and will remain that way in the next generation as well, b) games like Uncharted 3 aren't that far behind compared to PC games (it can still be considered a beautiful game, put it that way), and c) the Wii U doesn't exactly have powerful graphics and that is certainly 'next gen'.

Consoles aren't mobile phones; remember, the mobile phone market was kind of kicked into overdrive in terms of development speed when the iPhone forced the entire market to dramatically change. Before that, mobile phones weren't developing that fast.

Yes consoles aren't mobile phones, they're computers made to play games. And yes, some of the games really are beautiful. This is due to art style and optimization, not power. As a PC gamer I think new consoles are definitely needed, they're holding back game innovation and better graphics.

Graphics doesn't necessarily mean innovation. In fact, for the first few years of the next console cycle its going to mean a significant lack of innovation, as developers try to understand yet another console.

Put it this way. Some of the most innovative video games of our console generation looked like this:

Indie games truly flourished in this generation, and they certainly didn't need powerful consoles to achieve that they did: they needed an internet connection. Now that corporations are catching onto the fact that Internet downloads are far more profitable and more and more consumers are being attracted to it, Indie games are going to have to yet again compete with AAA game developers in the next console generation. Is this necessarily a good thing? I'm not so sure.

Simalacrum:

Fireprufe15:

Simalacrum:

...But it is fine. The PS3/360 still very much hold up to the modern standard, even compared to PC graphics. Although of course PC graphics have indeed far out-matched consoles, a) thats always the case and will remain that way in the next generation as well, b) games like Uncharted 3 aren't that far behind compared to PC games (it can still be considered a beautiful game, put it that way), and c) the Wii U doesn't exactly have powerful graphics and that is certainly 'next gen'.

Consoles aren't mobile phones; remember, the mobile phone market was kind of kicked into overdrive in terms of development speed when the iPhone forced the entire market to dramatically change. Before that, mobile phones weren't developing that fast.

Yes consoles aren't mobile phones, they're computers made to play games. And yes, some of the games really are beautiful. This is due to art style and optimization, not power. As a PC gamer I think new consoles are definitely needed, they're holding back game innovation and better graphics.

Graphics doesn't necessarily mean innovation. In fact, for the first few years of the next console cycle its going to mean a significant lack of innovation, as developers try to understand yet another console.

Put it this way. Some of the most innovative video games of our console generation looked like this:

Indie games truly flourished in this generation, and they certainly didn't need powerful consoles to achieve that they did: they needed an internet connection. Now that corporations are catching onto the fact that Internet downloads are far more profitable and more and more consumers are being attracted to it, Indie games are going to have to yet again compete with AAA game developers in the next console generation. Is this necessarily a good thing? I'm not so sure.

1. What I mean is that games on PC are being held back from the true potential due to developers needing to downsize for consoles. And yes indie games are a good thing they force AAA devs to be more innovative or drop out.

But there will always be demand for better AAA games.

Still waiting for a good reason to get the PS3 or Xbox 360. I'm guessing they're never going to get around to that.

Feb 20: Announcing the release of Playstation Move Motion Plus!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Fireprufe15:

1. What I mean is that games on PC are being held back from the true potential due to developers needing to downsize for consoles. And yes indie games are a good thing they force AAA devs to be more innovative or drop out.

But there will always be demand for better AAA games.

The developer or the publisher? The publisher wants to sell the most copies so they use the most common medium to satisfy their shareholders & bondholders, the developer needs the capital that the publisher has yet they don't want to be in debt.
Thus they dance to the tune of the Publisher.

I have a romantic view that the developers are the artists that just have a vision and want a canvas to put it on. Unfortunately they need to eat and pay rent, along with their families.

Am I in the minority over that?

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