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."

Source: Twitter

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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*.

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?

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.

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.

"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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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