Sony teases PlayStation reveal for February 20th

Wow. Leave it to Sony to have an announcement late in the day that comes out of left field. The company's Playstation division has updated its Twitter account with the message below

 

The URL in the post sends people to a page that has a February 20th date and a 6 pm time, along with the video below, featuring the familiar Playstation triangle, circle, square, and cross buttons that all seem to be ... well, animated by something:

Media invites have also been sent to some outlets that are asking them to attend an event in New York City on that same day.

So here's the obvious question: Is Sony about to reveal the first official details of the next Playstation game console? It's hard to believe it would be anything but a "Playstation 4" announcement, however a recent interview with Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai indicated that his company was going to wait until Microsoft announced its successor to the Xbox 360, saying, "Why go first, when your competitors can look at your specifications and come up with something better?"

So if this is a PS4 reveal coming on February 20th, it means one of two things; either Sony has changed its mind and wanted to be first ... or Microsoft has plans to reveal the next Xbox much sooner than anticipated.

Source: Playstation on Twitter

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They'll announce the the date they'll be announcing the PS4

Or, more likely, it will be something completely unrelated to PS4 and we'll all be disappointed.

Nice find, can't wait to see what the reveal. I've only just bought a PS3 so probably won't be buying one but it'll be interesting to see what they bring to the table.

All I can say is, about damn time!! the PS4 (and Xbox Next) are well overdue and the sooner they get them out the door the better...

PS4 better be coming out soon; sick of god awful console ports.

Don't want Dark Souls 2 ruined by lack of current generation hardware!

Also: Watchdogs.

Rather early to announce since E3 isn't until June. Thought these would come more along the lines of April/May. Its probably something along the lines of a new Vita or something. Highly doubt its the PS4.

I suspect the console spec's for each are pretty much locked in so it won't matter about a waiting for Microsoft to go 1st are irrelevant... or announce the PS4 and don't give out the specs and they will take up what it can do X HD, X Gigaflops, etc.

Jason Stillion said,
I suspect the console spec's for each are pretty much locked in so it won't matter about a waiting for Microsoft to go 1st are irrelevant... or announce the PS4 and don't give out the specs and they will take up what it can do X HD, X Gigaflops, etc.

it has been discussed, but most likely not locked in.

If xbox came to the table with something better and more feasible, sony would most likely try to get similar or better specs if they have not already.

It can't be good to be open about PS4 this early *unless* they developed some amazing emulation layer that makes today's games compatible with the new system.

Until some company will release a good hard core military flight sim, for PC of course, I amxone playing. The late '90 were the golden age for such games.
Fantasy and first person shooter game.... nothing wrong with them but not my kind of games.
I would happily pay even $150 for a good F35 sim...

Hmm. But didn't they say they wanted to announce theirs after Microsoft? Hmm. I'm sure the rumour was that Microsoft would announce theirs in March.

They could be trying to get in before the launch in hopes to snap up the next gen gamer market... Worked well for the 360...

Can someone tell me why the Xbox trumps the PS3? Not being smart, but it seems PS3 is the superior console and don't understand why the Xbox is so popular....

I will be getting the PS4 or Xbox720 but looking for input why I should possible switch to Xbox after being a lifetime Sony console fan...

Cost, game library, Xbox Live

Also most games are built for the Xbox and ported to other consoles, so most games feel, look and play better on the Xbox 360 these days

Hello_World_99 said,
I will be getting the PS4 or Xbox720 but looking for input why I should possible switch to Xbox after being a lifetime Sony console fan...


It all comes down to games really, I have both a PS3 and a 360 however I don't bother with the PS3 for games mainly as a BD player these days...

Xbox games apparently are going to be 'forwards compatible' with the next xbox meaning all the money most gamers have invested in their consoles wont go to waste.

TBH if you cant live with the games on the xbox then get a playstation or the other way around.

However I think Microsoft has clearly won the console race for this generation which means only more can come out of the next generation

Overall the next consoles will be about experience, if the devs keep their development with the Xbox (Which as its built similar to Windows they tend to) I think we will see another clear difference in games between the consoles....

My Money will already be going into Xbox as I have all my current generation and XBL history with them...

Hello_World_99 said,
Can someone tell me why the Xbox trumps the PS3? Not being smart, but it seems PS3 is the superior console and don't understand why the Xbox is so popular....

I will be getting the PS4 or Xbox720 but looking for input why I should possible switch to Xbox after being a lifetime Sony console fan...

The PS3 just surpassed the Xbox 360 in world wide sales; despite the 360 having a year lead on the PS3. 360 is only more popular in North America. The PS3 wins every other continent.

It depends on your definition of "superior". PS3 has more exclusives, 360 has a more feature-filled in-game interface (It can do way more stuff, plus cross-game chat, etc.). It's really personal preference.

I think it'll be Vita related as well. I doubt they'll reveal the PS4 just yet honestly. However Vita could use a "relaunch" and anything to help Vita become a success is good for Sony. I think they need Vita to be a better long term success right now than the PS3 or PS4. If Sony can manage to get a steady and consistent foothold in the handheld/mobile market then they'll have a steady revenue stream which is what the company needs right now.

Maybe they're getting a functional web browser for PS3. Or maybe they're adding back features I paid for like 'other OS' or ability to play movies without Cinavia DRM cutting off the audio. Or maybe my bluetooth keyboard will work with the YouTube app. Ah forget it, I'll just get an Xbox 720.

Cinavia doesn't cut off the audio.

"Other OS" is a hack tool. If you're that desperate for Linux cobble together a cheap PC.

So PS4 reveal in <1 month, and today they announce a new bundle for PS3 for $350? Something doesn't add up, but then again its Sony so nothing they do ever makes sense anyway.

No thanks. I'll wait for the next X Box to come out. PS2 was the last good game console from Sony (PS3 never succeeded, neither did the PSP, PSP VITA, etc, etc.) PS4 is destined to fail, not because it won't have awesome specs, but because Sony will kill it with DRM and other stupid measures like blocking the use of used games on other consoles, etc.

PSP didn't have the games. Also, it's called PS Vita, not PSP Vita. PS Vita is decent. Xbox 360 succeeded for three reasons. Microsoft pay for early DLC or extra features. PS3s odd CPU architecture, and it released first. If the PS4 releases before the next Xbox, you'll get one reason gone, strong rumours of PS4s CPU means another reason will be gone too.

The PS3 has managed to keep up because of their decade of dominance, unless the PS3 was a disaster it was going to sell well because it had a great brand reputation. The Xbox 360 had to build the majority of it's reputation by itself and in the western countries it became the #1 gamer console. That's due to it's online experience and in every game that is on both console the Xbox always has more players. For the next generation the online experience will define the winner as it has in this generation.

Edited by Gaffney, Feb 1 2013, 12:29am :

How did PS3 never succeed? They caught up to Xbox despite the year head start and will actually surpass them within the next couple months.

JaseChaos said,
No thanks. I'll wait for the next X Box to come out. PS2 was the last good game console from Sony (PS3 never succeeded, neither did the PSP, PSP VITA, etc, etc.) PS4 is destined to fail, not because it won't have awesome specs, but because Sony will kill it with DRM and other stupid measures like blocking the use of used games on other consoles, etc.

Jesus Christ, what is big the rush? The new machines haven't even been announced yet & you've already done a critical analysis. Are you just trying to show off, or something?

Hoping it is PS4 announcement. They said 10 year life span. It'd be 7 years since the PS3. Giving 3 more years of support for PS3? We need a new console generation in my opinion :-/ Before PC fanboys come in I game on both and they're both good platforms console can be hardcore but is more casual on the sofa play and more social

Gee PS4... by the time you guys finally discover 1920x1080 we'd be bathing in 4K peta-flops/sec bliss.

Signed,
PC Gamer

(Just teasing ;-)

iNoPhone said,
Good luck playing The Last of Us, or Ni No Kuni... Oh wait.

There are more important thing than just graphics.

Like vendor tie in?

iNoPhone said,
Good luck playing The Last of Us, or Ni No Kuni... Oh wait.

There are more important thing than just graphics.

Or we could get rid of exclusive games so people aren't forced to own certain hardware. I like that idea better.

DeathByPenguin said,
Hoping it is PS4 announcement. They said 10 year life span. It'd be 7 years since the PS3. Giving 3 more years of support for PS3? We need a new console generation in my opinion :-/

It amazes me how many people didn't understand what Sony meant when they said, "ten year life span".

They did not mean 10 years until the next Playstation, Sony meant that they would be building, selling & supporting the PS3 a for at least ten years.

Exactly! I'm now confused if you thought that's what I mean? Everyone is trying to make jokes about that 10 year span. But what you just said is what I've always taken it to mean :-/

Breach said,
Gee PS4... by the time you guys finally discover 1920x1080 we'd be bathing in 4K peta-flops/sec bliss.
PC Gamer

I think the only sad bit about this is that the way things look, console gamers will be bathing in 4k supported systems + TV's while computer monitors keep getting ignored and staying 1080p

WTB 4k 23" monitors! =P