Sony doesn't show PlayStation 4 at PlayStation 4 event, Microsoft notices


The PlayStation 4's controller was shown at tonight's announcement, but not the console itself.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of tonight's PlayStation 4 event wasn't what Sony showed, but rather what it didn't show.

Despite teasing the new console's hardware in recent weeks, Sony didn't show the console itself at tonight's event. It was an odd move, although not unfounded, as Microsoft famously announced the original Xbox before revealing its physical appearance. 

Sony did show the console's controller, but that was the only piece of PlayStation 4 hardware revealed at the event. Instead, the majority of the event showcased software and games that will be featured on the platform.

Larry Hryb, Microsoft's director of programming for Xbox Live, noted the lack of physical hardware at Sony's show in the following tweet, implying Microsoft will reveal its next-generation console's physical appearance when it's formally announced:

Hryb followed up that tweet with one stating he was interested in his followers' thoughts on the PlayStation 4 event, saying he'd share his own thoughts on the announcement sometime this weekend.

Much of the PlayStation 4 is still unknown, as Sony was relatively vague with hardware information. Most of the previous rumors about the console proved to be accurate, however.

The only notable difference between recent rumors and Sony's announcement was the fact that Sony revealed the PS4 will feature 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, while most reports indicated it would only feature 4GB. Microsoft's next-generation gaming console was rumored to have 8GB of DDR3 RAM, possibly indicating that Sony may have upgraded the PlayStation 4's proposed hardware recently.

Kazuo Hirai, Sony's chief executive, previously said his company would wait for Microsoft to announce its console before revealing the PS4 so its competitor wouldn't be able to "come up with something better."

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Personally I prefer the Xbox over Playstation. Purely basing this on PS2 and PS3, the power button is on the back.

Well u can't really go bigger than the first xbox and you'll have to have a tdp of max 225w for the whole system other wise it will generate a lot of noise and heat so they'll probably use mobility / laptop parts for cpu/gpu

Its a tacky approach, the problem with doing events like this where you don't show the device is that you get everyone hyped up, and are now expected to follow through is decent time...or the hype fades fast. Teasers are fine, but doing an entire event around a product that isn't ready yet, just sets you up a lot of pressure.

I was very disappointed to be honest no offense but a light bar just avoid latency the xbox controllers dont suffer from this lest none that i could ever tell and sony could have easly done the social share button buy updating the os lol to be honest. I was very disappointed if you look at microsoft research site some the things their planning like the fill room technology look awesome. Think I am going wait it out till the xbox 720 sony didn't even mention release dates or nothing like what was point of having the conference if the console may not be released for another two years.

i just have gut feeling microsoft are going win the next gen wars. Sony made a bad move annoucing theirs first now microsoft can ramp up the specs and make ps4 look like a easel.

David Buckley said,
i just have gut feeling microsoft are going win the next gen wars. Sony made a bad move annoucing theirs first now microsoft can ramp up the specs and make ps4 look like a easel.

There's no "ramp up the specs" this late on the game, most they can do is squeeze a few more megahertz here and there or increase the amount of ram, which if it's already at 8GB then there's nowhere else to go and still be economically viable.

If rumors about the next Xbox performance come out being true, then they will simply have to fight the next 5-10 years from the middle of the pack.

So a Microsoft employee is commenting on this thing when his own company did the same in the past. Right...

"Kazuo Hirai, Sony's chief executive, previously said his company would wait for Microsoft to announce its console before revealing the PS4 so its competitor wouldn't be able to "come up with something better.""

Not much confidence in his own product.

Redmak said,
"Kazuo Hirai, Sony's chief executive, previously said his company would wait for Microsoft to announce its console before revealing the PS4 so its competitor wouldn't be able to "come up with something better.""

Not much confidence in his own product.

Actually they are right to do so. Otherwise we'll end up with another HTC Lumia line of consoles.

Or what could have happened was at the last hour before the announcement was to happen...someone found a glitch in the console and told Andrew House something wasn't right with the console and just handed him the controller and said...there...show that on stage.

I still would have liked Sony to just have waited until they had more to show. This just kinda leaves people hanging, as most people wanna see what the device will actually look like.

I have to say, I always thought dude was above these type of comments. I guess I have to keep in mind he is XBro Numero Uno though, so I guess it is to be expected in the TMZ day and age. As pointed out, it is terribly ironic he would choose to say this considering the past escapades of his own company.

I also have to wonder, is the end design really that much of a deal breaker for people? I guess I could see certain people not buying it for the looks, but I would go out on a limb and say those people are not buying their consoles for gaming as much as they are purchasing it to be cool.

I guess I just come from a time were a nondescript beige box equaled one hell of a gaming PC, so I really am not terribly bothered by how a console looks. Hell, I personally hated the look of the 360 when it first came out. Looked like a cheap obnoxious piece of plastic. That did not stop me at all from getting it at launch.

DirtyLarry said,
those people are not buying their consoles for gaming as much as they are purchasing it to be cool.

Couldn't have said it better myself. Although given that these devices are to sit next to your TV for 5+ years I can understand why *some* modern/forward looking design is desired.
Now of course, being a desired trait doesn't mean it should be a deal breaker. I don't care if it's ugly as hell as long as I can get some decent gaming experience out of it.

Wow...way to get sensitive on this Larry? All he said openly is probably something most of us thought (I certainly did but I didn't expect them to show as I said in the forum thread). He didn't slam or say bad things really?

"Announce a console without actually showing a console? That's one approach..."

That is EXACTLY what I was thinking when I saw the highlights of the event - talk about it but not show it off, which is just fail.

As for the Xbox 360 thing, at least the Xbox 360 can play Xbox games - might not be absolutely perfect in that respect but at least Microsoft didn't slam the proverbial door in the face(s) of people that purchased the older console and games for it.

This thing is going to cost as much as a somewhat decent desktop PC when it finally gets released, might as well buy the desktop but that's just me as I've never cared one iota about console gaming (or even PC gaming for that matter, go figure).

PS3 could play orignal and PS2 games at launch. People complained the PS3 was expensive, so Sony cut corners, including removing PS2 backwards compatibility to appease the crowd of complainers. But then they complained that PS2 comp was gone... Whoops.

ahoncbt said,
xbox 360 launch was such a fail too because they didnt show it at that time too

Fail, they showed the 360. The early demo's were running on Macs but they still showed the actual console.

ahoncbt said,
How about Microsoft shutting the door on every xbox 360 users. rumor has it.

How's about we wait and see if this turns out to be true before using it as a way to slander a company?

LightEco said,

How's about we wait and see if this turns out to be true before using it as a way to slander a company?


I can come here and post about it after a month(when ms releases with no xbox 360 support) to say "didnt i tell you" and no one would read it. so this is the right time to point it out.

ahoncbt said,

I can come here and post about it after a month(when ms releases with no xbox 360 support) to say "didnt i tell you" and no one would read it. so this is the right time to point it out.
Rumor has it that the Playstation 4 will be made of dog poop.

I mean, I've no proof or anything, it's only a rumor... but man, Sony must be stupid for making it out of dog poop. What a stupid company.

</sarcasm>

The point being: no, random rumors aren't a basis for slagging off *anyone*.

Microsoft should focus more on making sure their box isn't underpowered like rumors suggest rather than pointing out that sony didn't show the case.

Blackhearted said,
Microsoft should focus more on making sure their box isn't underpowered like rumors suggest rather than pointing out that sony didn't show the case.

Yeah, they've been getting rather mouthy lately. It really doesn't suit them either, especially when they've got plenty on their to-do list.

Blackhearted said,
Microsoft should focus more on making sure their box isn't underpowered like rumors suggest rather than pointing out that sony didn't show the case.
You have your own opinion. The person from MS has his opinion. He didn't bash or told that it's epic fail or some stupid comments. He told it's not shown. Why such a hatred?

Blackhearted said,
Microsoft should focus more on making sure their box isn't underpowered like rumors suggest rather than pointing out that sony didn't show the case.

But the were also rumours of Xbox 360 being under-powered and IMHO, I did quite alright for this generation of consoles.

nitins60 said,
You have your own opinion. The person from MS has his opinion. He didn't bash or told that it's epic fail or some stupid comments. He told it's not shown. Why such a hatred?

Agree that hatred is unnecessary. But when Larry Hryb goes on to make a snide comment like that on Twitter, having Microsoft done the exact same thing with the 1st Xbox (which I clearly remember), then he deserves a little bit of bashing

I thought it was a somewhat funny comment as well. The original Xbox was widely mocked for the giant "X" featured at E3 2000, if I remember correctly. It wasn't physically shown until well after then.

I think it's more unusual based on the fact that Sony's teasers hinted at the console being physically shown.

Huh? When Microsoft did their announcement, they showed what the console looked like. The demoes might have been running on PC's but at least they showed what the actual retail unit looked like.

Sony won't show Microsoft their cards yet, boo hoo. Rightfully so. Why should they? Look at the level of jackassery, with the likes of Larry Hryb (Hryb?) running the Xbox show.

This kind of lame ass wannabe-hipster sarcasm tends to turn people off. Microsoft just does not get twitter do they. First they put their foot in it with the failed "OMG Android malware" campaign that backfired, then tried creating a FUD campaign that Gmail is peeking in your window at night and use Outlook instead. Again backfired.

Embarrassing.

Edited by Darrah Ford, Feb 21 2013, 3:56am :

^Do you actually do anything except come on here and complain about Microsoft?

Sure doesn't look like anybody is turned off when last year MS posted record revenues and profits. The failed android malware campaign? Like it or not, Android has a ton of malware. It's not Google's fault but they still have a lot. If people want to hold MS responsible for malware on Windows, they can hold Google responsible for Android malware. And as for the FUD campaign against Gmail? It's not FUD, a computer does scan your email so they can offer targeted advertising. Some people don't care about that, other's do. I personally think the whole thing is stupid.

The only thing embarrassing here is your MS hate.

I disagree. Unless you're a game developer, I doubt the PS4's processing prowess will directly be of any concern to you. We know all major titles will be available on both platforms and that they'll still look like crap compared to a high end pc. The first thing an average consumer however considers are the aesthetics of a product. Everything else comes second.

Is that why people buy overpriced Macs instead of other less aesthetically pleasing products that can outperform them?

By that logic, it's like saying the original Xbox isn't worth a damn because it looked like a tank. Other than that, the whole PC verse console war is just rubbish.

Not a lot of people have a gaming pc and most people don't like to play alone. Consoles are still much cheaper, portable and there is also a good chance your friends will have one as well. The positives outweigh the negatives for most people.

People buy overpriced Macs, because they're idiots. They see something shiny and they must have it. I think Sony handled themselves well. They showed what they needed to, in order to create a buzz,

Sure it does, most of the development builds are done on PCs - I believe the Orbis dev kit prototype actually ran Windows 7. If you switch to prototype hardware, you've got a whole bundle of hardware and software that's nowhere near as tested.

Kushan said,
Sure it does, most of the development builds are done on PCs - I believe the Orbis dev kit prototype actually ran Windows 7. If you switch to prototype hardware, you've got a whole bundle of hardware and software that's nowhere near as tested.

You missed the whole point of my post. Show the prototype hardware, run the demos on dev kits, was it that hard to understand?

It may still be in a design stage where they haven't signed off on it yet. That and I'm sure they want to save some of the secrets for E3.

nope. the problem is that they have to redesign the motherboard and thus the console because of the last minute change of memory.

Meaning they now have run out of time for long pass testign and QnA, leaving the door wide open for 1 year failures like the RRoD.

HawkMan said,
nope. the problem is that they have to redesign the motherboard and thus the console because of the last minute change of memory.

Meaning they now have run out of time for long pass testign and QnA, leaving the door wide open for 1 year failures like the RRoD.


I like your optimism.

If I recall correctly, the dev kits were rumored to have either 8GB or 16GB...so it's completely possible they actually...wait for it...planned this!? *gasp* Considering everything prior to last night was rumor.

Elessar said,
If I recall correctly, the dev kits were rumored to have either 8GB or 16GB...so it's completely possible they actually...wait for it...planned this!? *gasp* Considering everything prior to last night was rumor.

Except that Dev Kits ALWAYS have more RAM than the shipping console... So, if the Dev Kit had 8 GB then the console was never planned to have 8 GB...