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February 01, 2013

PlayStation 4? Sony set to make announcement at Feb. 20 meeting

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Is Sony set to unveil a new video game console this month? The company invited journalists to attend a PlayStation meeting on Feb. 20 in New York, and though speculation abounds, it is believed that Sony is poised to present its successor to the PlayStation 3.

Sony also released what appears to be a teaser for the console on a new website where gamers can sign up to “be the first to know.” Though the 44-second video (watch it above) features sleek lines and laser-y sparks, it offers little in the way of detail.

The New York gathering will be the first major PlayStation meeting in more than two years — the last being the January 2011 unveiling of the prototype for the PlayStation Vita handheld console. The PlayStation 3, which has sold more than 70 million units, launched in 2006. Both Sony and Xbox, which debuted the Xbox 360 in 2005, are expected to release new home consoles this year.

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The Sony meeting comes on the heels of Nintendo’s Wii U console release in November. Though the Wii U’s dual screen gaming approach and online video capabilities found favor among critics, sales have been slower than the company had hoped. Nintendo recently slashed its sales estimates from 5 million Wii U’s by March 31 to 4 million, and 24 million Wii U games to 16 million.

Last year, the video game blog Kotaku released what appear to be details about Sony’s upcoming console. If it’s correct, the new console will feature an 8GB memory system and new controllers (with touchpads) that can be linked to PlayStation Network accounts, allowing for multiple logins.

If the Feb. 20 meeting is indeed the console unveiling (and the Wall Street Journal is citing anonymous Sony sources who say it is), then Xbox likely won’t be far behind.

– Noelene Clark
Twitter.com/@NoeleneClark

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