Gamers can get a first look at the upcoming PlayStation 4 video game console during Sony’s media briefing this evening at 6 p.m. PDT.
Sony is also expected to discuss the future of the PlayStation 3 and the PS Vita handheld console at the event, which comes before the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, the largest video game trade show in the world.
Hero Complex readers can watch the media event, streamed live from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, in the video above.
Although E3′s doors at the Los Angeles Convention Center won’t open until early Tuesday, heavy hitters such as Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft were holding arena-sized conferences Monday to get ahead of – and control — the media cycle.
For Sony, the stakes are high after the company avoided showing the new console at the PlayStation 4′s reveal event in February, instead offering a slick 30-second teaser featuring close-up video of the console’s edges and vents.
Sony is also expected to unveil gameplay footage from the highly anticipated first-person shooter “Destiny,” from former “Halo” developer Bungie and distributor Activision. “Destiny” lets gamers plays the role of a guardian tasked with protecting the last safe city on Earth and reportedly features some massively multiplayer role-playing elements and online capabilities that will enable players to experience the aspects of the universe in real time. A part-CGI, part-live-action trailer directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) was released in May but did not feature any gameplay footage.
Sony no doubt has several surprises up its sleeve, and the presentation, which follows Microsoft’s media briefing this morning, will push the PS4 vs. Xbox One console war into full swing. Both next-generation consoles are slated for release in time for the holiday season.
Check out Sony’s media briefing at 6 p.m. PDT in the video at the top of the post, watch a trailer for Sony’s event in the video directly above and take a look at the February PS4 unveiling in the gallery below.
Mark Cerny, lead system architect for Sony's PlayStation 4, talks up the new PS4, promising more "personalized" gaming at the Feb. 20 Sony announcement in New York.
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Mark Cerny and Sony revealed the new PS4 controller, though not the console itself. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)Link
Sony's Andrew House, president and group chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment, at the announcement, held in New York. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)Link
Sony's Andrew House at the announcement, which was the first major PlayStation meeting in more than two years. The last was in January 2011 to unveil the prototype for the PlayStation Vita handheld console. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)Link
Mark Cerny holds up the new controller. (Frank Franklin II / Associated Press)Link
David Perry, Irish video game developer and chief executive of Gaikai, was among speakers at the event. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)Link
Gaikai Chief Executive David Perry. Following the event, fans grumbled about the lack of information.
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Mark Cerny talks PlayStation 4. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)Link
Mark Cerny explains features of the PlayStation 4. There were promises at the announcement of zero lag time and zero startup time with the new device. (Frank Franklin II / Associated Press)Link
Mark Cerny introduces the new game "Knack." (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)Link
French musician, writer and video game designer David Cage, head of game developer studio Quantic Dream, at the PlayStation event. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)Link
Yoshinori Ono, Japanese video game producer for Capcom, was also among speakers. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)Link
In August 2009, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan President Shawn Layden displayed a new PlayStation 3 during a news conference in Tokyo. (Itsuo Inouye / Associated Press)Link
A motion controller, bottom left, and wireless controllers, right, for Sony's PlayStation 3 on display at the company's Tokyo showroom on Feb. 7, 2013. (Kiyoshi Ota / Bloomberg)Link
A controller for Sony's PlayStation 3 video game console at the company's showroom in Tokyo. (Kiyoshi Ota / Bloomberg)Link
Gamers play PlayStation 3's "Hitman: Absolution" during the E3 expo in Los Angeles on June 7, 2012. (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images)Link
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