Sony clarifies why it didn't show physical PlayStation 4 console


Sony had considered showing the PlayStation 4 at yesterday's event but decided not to.

At last night's PlayStation 4 announcement, Sony didn't actually show the PlayStation 4 console itself, but a company executive says there's a reason for that.

According to separate comments made to Polygon and Kotaku, Sony wants to have something to reveal about the console at a later date. Because of that, the company decided to not show the console at yesterday's event, though company executives said they could have.

Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment, told Polygon just that and added that the company is still trying to decide whether or not to show the physical console at this year's E3 event in June.

"The console is just a box," he said. "The controller was very important to show because it has the share button, but the console is just a console."

Yoshida echoed that statement in some separate comments made to Kotaku, saying his company had originally planned on showing the console at the event but decided not to after discussions on what it was comfortable revealing. Instead, he said, the company felt like showing the controller was necessary because of the actual game demonstrations taking place at the event.

"And we were like, 'Yeah, we have to show the controller,' because it's awkward not to show the controller when someone is doing a demo," he told the gaming site. "And also the feature that the DualShock 4 has, the share button, is a very key idea behind the design of the PS4. ... We really wanted to explain what we've done with the DualShock 4, but as far as the system itself we have to keep something new for later. Otherwise you'd get bored."

The PlayStation 4 is scheduled to launch this holiday season, although a specific date wasn't revealed. Typically physical consoles are shown well in advance of their launch dates, meaning the console itself will almost surely be revealed months before it's released to consumers.

Source: Polygon and Kotaku

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Sony has always been good at design. Just look at the previous generations of PlayStations, mobile phones, TV sets, anything really.

There's no glowing green lights or stuff like that to worry about.
Sony has always had sleek designs that fits nicely in a livingroom.

"Very important because it has a share button"

RIP gaming industry.

Someone's going mod those two buttons to be start and select, right?

Hell, they'll probably just plug in their PS3 controllers and be done with it; hopefully they work in the first place.

£5 says it will look like an oversized toaster. £10 says it will look like my old VHS player but more shiny and big.

It;s gotta be better than the bread bin case the ps3 launched with right?

I just love the fact they went to x86 after years of complaining about the x86 instruction set being limited for their use....then when cell came out basically bad mouthed anything that wasnt it...

..not as much as consumers bad mouthed their foreign technology absolutely nobody could program worth anything for, then again when all their stuff became hacked and broken due to being unable to security anything in 2011.

Wasn't it touted the PS3 would outlive every other console and not require refreshes due to the Cell? Kinda funny. Super funny they are going to X86, and waayy before they said they would.

Lets all remember the great time we had with the PS3. Opening that box, then going back to the store to get the HD/HDMI cable, cause you couldn't read the menus. Then popping in your new copy of warhawk.. and doing the system update from disk, after that and a reboot, you launch the game again and it boots up to where it got to install 6GB from disc.. So that finishes and the game starts to load.. but to get on PSN you required another 170MB console update that downloaded at like 100KB/s, then it updates the system and reboots yet again, so you launch the game again, and it starts booting but you find out you need a seemingly 1GB game update to get online. So that downloads and installs and your in! You look for your friends.. are none.. So you shut down the system and reboot, then setup your friends to play, then boot the game again so you'd be able to play together!. Yea it was awesome times. It took like 2 years to get background XMB working... Forced installs & mandatory firmware updates were even more awesome.

Kinda glad they can't do anything to prevent any PS3 console manufactured before their software removals from enabling them again tho.

srbeen said,
..not as much as consumers bad mouthed their foreign technology absolutely nobody could program worth anything for, then again when all their stuff became hacked and broken due to being unable to security anything in 2011.

Wasn't it touted the PS3 would outlive every other console and not require refreshes due to the Cell? Kinda funny. Super funny they are going to X86, and waayy before they said they would.

Lets all remember the great time we had with the PS3. Opening that box, then going back to the store to get the HD/HDMI cable, cause you couldn't read the menus. Then popping in your new copy of warhawk.. and doing the system update from disk, after that and a reboot, you launch the game again and it boots up to where it got to install 6GB from disc.. So that finishes and the game starts to load.. but to get on PSN you required another 170MB console update that downloaded at like 100KB/s, then it updates the system and reboots yet again, so you launch the game again, and it starts booting but you find out you need a seemingly 1GB game update to get online. So that downloads and installs and your in! You look for your friends.. are none.. So you shut down the system and reboot, then setup your friends to play, then boot the game again so you'd be able to play together!. Yea it was awesome times. It took like 2 years to get background XMB working... Forced installs & mandatory firmware updates were even more awesome.

Kinda glad they can't do anything to prevent any PS3 console manufactured before their software removals from enabling them again tho.

LMAO! This post was amazing and completely true. It STILL takes forever to load a damn game. *shakes head*

haha they probably don't have the final hardware down yet.

"The console is just a box"
lol they don't sound too excited about it

They are probably still working on finalising the fit and finish of the console. They likely have something passable, but don't want to show it if it's slightly different from what goes on sale.

I couldn't care less about what it actually looks like, I'm more interested in how it performs - it'll be interesting if Sony can deliver on the expectations set forth by them.

For my money, I'd rather they have a highly stylized box on show (think the big X shaped box from the old 360 days), and make a point of saying something like "this is all we are showing you today, you'll see the final device later this year" at least that way it stops this kind of conversation and adds to the excitement.

Everything about the PS4 was a me to look at me design, very little to really separate it from either what we know the next Xbox will have or what is already being done with Xbox Live.

And as far as power goes when was the last time the most powerful system was dominate and led in sales?

Don't really care what it looks like, the only thing I hope is it's not bigger then the type 1 ps3.
But in my case, my ps3 sits in a cabinet, (I'm sure there are others that have a similar set up)
I would like to know how much it will actually retail at (uk price) and not the speculated price.

I figured that was the case. I guess Sony needs to maintain buzz for the PS4 throughout the year.

From now to E3, the big thing some will wonder will most likely be the look of the console and from E3 until the launch will probably be the console's price. And time between those dates we'll probably get tidbits of other games and features Sony will offer.

I don't understand why it needs to be a secret. It must be really ugly or huge or something...

"'Yeah, we have to show the controller,' because it's awkward not to show the controller when someone is doing a demo,"

It's really awkward not to show the console when revealing the console.

Fowarek said,
I don't understand why it needs to be a secret. It must be really ugly or huge or something...

"'Yeah, we have to show the controller,' because it's awkward not to show the controller when someone is doing a demo,"

It's really awkward not to show the console when revealing the console.

Yeah, but it's games' quality and features that sell consoles. If the console itself doesn't add anything interesting besides being the box where you put the game disk then we aren't missing much.

And also considering that the features and demos shown so far are not THAT impressive, they have to keep something to show later or the hype will just fade.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Translation: It's not ready yet.

I think after they bought the xbox durango off ebay they decided to up the memory lol which mean a redesign to take into consideration the added 4GB memory modules

SierraSonic said,
I wonder what the console offers for those who don't share, or at least avoid it.

I was thinking the same thing. I know they are trying to push the social media aspect heavily but what about those who dont care to be connected to the internet all of the time, or people who dont care about sharing game updates through Facebook or Twitter, etc?

GEIST said,
I don't know, maybe gaming?
But I was more talking about how it's a HUGE part of the GAMING experience. What do get minus this social aspect?

este said,

I was thinking the same thing. I know they are trying to push the social media aspect heavily but what about those who dont care to be connected to the internet all of the time, or people who dont care about sharing game updates through Facebook or Twitter, etc?

If you don't want to use it, then don't use it. It's not being forced. They are there for people that want them, and for a lot of people, being able to share or stream is a pretty big feature.