Sony PS4 announcement: What to expect today

Feb. 20, 2013 | 11:12 a.m.

It’s been seven years since the launch of Sony’s Playstation 3, the longest gap between console releases in the company’s history. But if speculation about their event Wednesday afternoon on the “Future of Playstation,” holds true, the wait for the next Playstation will soon be over.

Hero Complex will be hosting a live stream of Sony’s hotly anticipated announcement, starting at 3 p.m. Pacific time (6 p.m. Eastern), so stay tuned for the reveal of whatever it is that Sony has up its sleeve.

Look for Sony to build off of recent industry trends, including the integration of movement-recognition hardware, a la the Microsoft Kinect, an extension of Sony’s efforts to dethrone Xbox Live with its Playstation Plus offerings and of course, upgraded hardware.

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The event hints that Sony may have adjusted its strategy with the launch of the PS4. Allowing the Xbox 360 to have a year’s head start over the PS3’s launch, Sony allowed Microsoft to seize momentum and it wasn’t until recently that PS3 sales caught up with the 360.

With Microsoft still keeping its cards close to its chest, Sony will host the first next-generation reveal, if not the first next-gen release to feature significant hardware upgrades. Nintendo’s Wii U, released late last year, marked the opening of the new console generation.

With new consoles come new games, but publishers have been reticent to start debuting their next-gen offerings. “Watch Dogs” and “Star Wars 1313” have been all but confirmed to be on the 360 and PS3 successors. “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” was recently confirmed to be a next-gen title, and a tweet from the chief executive of GameStop about seeing “Battlefield 4” has sparked speculation that the game will make an appearance at Wednesday’s event.

Sony, which has recently seen its stock reduced to junk status and made significant cutbacks companywide, announced earlier Wednesday that it expects to post an operating profit by the end of its fiscal year in March. Its console and games division has recently been hit with a loss of momentum in software sales, and sales of the portable Playstation Vita remain sluggish, so the hope is that Sony’s new offerings will provide a shot in the arm.

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72 Responses to Sony PS4 announcement: What to expect today

  1. Marvin mccants says:


  2. Guest says:

    fyi, the WiiU was the first 'next-gen' reveal, and has already released!

  3. HELLO says:


  4. John says:

    Sony will host the "first" next generation release? What happened to the Wii U?

  5. dareallink says:

    second next gen, wiiu came out already

  6. John says:

    Hopefully the PS 4 box will have more quality in its motherboard problems of the PS 3 box which fails at alarming rates with poor quality at CPU chips and overheats. A major problem with PS 3 box

  7. Anonymous says:

    What time is the event in EST?

  8. PS-PS3 owner says:

    I feel less enthusiastic about Sony and its premier product unveiling nowadays.

    Being a ps3 owner, they had 7 years to perfect in updating their system to its best potential. In the end, I felt I was robbed.

    – the hackscapade that made it go offline for a month years with the EU commission saying Sony didn't make necessary security precautions is stupid. To compensate, Sony was proud to announce free games. Apparently there were ONLY FOUR and only one decent and OLD title came with it.

    – the Cinavia problem is very irritating. How can it be a media center if you can't play everything?

    – media streaming is ultra crappy. super choppy + no subtitle support

    – the upcoming shutting down of the secondary market of games will be the deal breaker for me. Will now be more inclined to just use PC games as it is more customizable and can do a lot more.
    Upgrading it is easier too.

    In the past consoles hardware wise lead the way in computing power. If the rumors are right, the hardware is garbage except for the video card. Also, the 4000 resolution many believe wouldn't be adeptly handled by the rumored hardware specs. So this would be more of an evolution vs a revolution during previous gens.

    Sony of the last 5 years wasn't the Sony during the late 90's. Basically, it ran out of creative juice and just wants to milk its loyal base like what Nokia did.

    Will just get a roku 2 or WD live tv to replace my ps3 as a media center. For gaming, PC all the way.

    PS, it is 12 pm and 3 hours away from the actual release lol so the specs I've given might be off.

    – A disilllusioned and disgruntled Sony fan.

  9. Nick K says:

    "first next-generation reveal"

    Because no one cares about Nintendo.

  10. Guest says:

    "First next-gen release?" Are we forgetting about the Wii U? Why is it that news outlets seem to make this a two-man race with Microsoft and Sony? Both of those companies dabble in much more than just video games. Meanwhile, Nintendo makes -nothing- but video games and gets overlooked? Odd.

  11. PieLady says:

    ur internet is what makes the streaming choppy, I stream netflix and hulu plus w/o any problem. You can’t blame sony for insufficient internet.

  12. ChildAssaulter says:

    Sony always wins!

  13. M. Little L.A. Times says:

    Nintendo's back in there, I became stuck in the Microsoft v. Sony hardware race that's brewing. And who knows – if some of these other rumors about nixing used games and dropping free-to-play online are true, maybe Sony will end up neglected in the next go-around.

  14. wow! says:

    Wiiu! Really!? Maybe ill get a wiiu for my 3 year old.

  15. miah says:

    @ps-ps3 owner WAHH WAHHH WAHHH do I need to call the wahbulence? God suck it up sony spent millions fixing and correcting problems they did not even need to give you free games fool. -.- im sorry you cant spend a little bit off ps3 but that downtime made me relise there is more to the world then a vitual game.

  16. jsmeezy says:

    wii u is last generation the wii didnt even have a hdmi hook up… and microsoft and sony had better motion sensors than the wii seriously wii u compares to ps3 and 360 nothin special

  17. NextGen enthusiast says:

    Guys, If you actually read the sentence, he's saying the first next-gen reveal to feature significant hardware upgrades. Because the WiiU hardware is not that far ahead of current gen specs. He's not saying its the first nextgen reveal.

  18. Jinzo says:

    Wow. So much hate on wii u. Last time I checked, the 3ds killed vita. Possibly same fate for ps4. Seriously, a struggling vita and a new console coming out? I question. You fanboys.

  19. chrisjhon says:

    can't wait

  20. Zeldarocks says:

    Next gen is having youtube on my tv and reading the shit you guys write on my gamepad with the wii u.Cpu is four core on the wii u which is four times more powerful then yer 360 and ps3.I myself am sony fan can not wait for the ps4 with killzone.Wish people would do the homework before writing shit!

  21. PENIS says:

    3PM PST
    4PM MST
    5PM CST
    6PM EST
    11PM GMT

  22. @Thematman23 says:

    I have never had a problem streaming anything from my PS3 even .MKV files(using TVersity or PS3 media server). Wii U doesn't usually "catch up" to Sony or Microsoft until they are 6-7 years behind and by then Sony and Microsoft have already started developing newer systems. This is exactly what happened with the Wii U. In order for it to be the first "next-gen" console it has to be better than all the others of the same time frame. Nintendo only caught up. I have heard a ton of good "rumors" about the PS4 that are very intriguing to me, lets just hope some of them come true.

  23. James says:

    Gamers get caught up in the PS vs. Xbox fight over and over again- continually dropping context that Sony as a company is in complete shambles. They've nearly entirely lost their television and portable music business sectors to competition. They may not even be around in five years.

    Try Googling Sony, stock, and junk in the same query- tells quite a tale.

  24. figs says:

    WOW!!! you can really see the sony fanboys at work here, honest complaints are thumbed down, and zealot butt-kissing gets thumbs up!!! you sony fanboys are worse than the old sega trolls!!!

  25. jason says:

    Maybe they do not count WiiU because its not even on par with Sony and Microsofts previous gen. Their next gen status is a technicality.

  26. Daniel says:

    WII U!!! Needs some updates but def better than current GEN, that is just common sense from a tech perspective. I believe sony won't go all out with specs this time because of the problems they are having turning a profit. At this point it wouldn't make sense for them to sell at 2 to 3 hundred dollar loss, so in order to copy nintendo again (controller) and keep prices down the PS4 won't be as powerfull as people think. In the end the "power" rankings will probably go as follows
    Wii U

    But the wii U will probably be on par this time around!

    Before the flames start…

    PS1 Controller was a copy of SNES
    Sony quickly copied Analog sticks from the N64
    Sony Copied the Wii Controller
    and I believe they will try to copy the Wii U Controller

  27. Mark says:

    I wonder. Do you think Apple may get into the gaming console business anytime soon? It's a lucrative endeavor and they do compete with Microsoft and Sony already.

  28. daniel brown says:

    well the problem will u can not play older games on ps 4 and that really sucks

  29. Random says:

    Wiiu is garbage. Nintendo is a joke. Its only good for Pokemon games.

  30. jeremy says:

    over priced social network system.

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