Sony is expected to release details of a new PlayStation 4, a long-awaited entry in its line of home consoles, today at 3 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. EST. The news to be revealed — any release date, controller or games — is still up in the air, though that hasn’t stopped leaks and rumors as anticipation of the announcement has grown.
Tune into the stream above for Sony’s live announcement.
Among the speculation is that the system will launch by the end of the year, the controller will feature a touch-enabled screen, the initial price will be around $400, and it will feature extensive mobile integration.
The questions are many. Will anticipated PS3 games such as “The Last Guardian” and “Final Fantasy Versus XIII,” long kept in the dark and speculated to have been shelved, reemerge as PS4 titles? Will games like “Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes,” and “Watch Dogs,” which look beyond the range of current consoles, be featured in Sony’s event? Or are there games that no one but their creators and Sony know about waiting to be unveiled?
Sony’s track record with console debuts was muddied when the PS3 bowed. Its debut was met harshly by fans not thrilled by the $599 price tag or the possibility of fighting giant enemy crabs. So, Sony is facing additional scrutiny as memories of that awkward past performances reemerge.
Shortly, will clear the air and unveil its latest offering.
Keep an eye on Hero Complex for ongoing coverage as Sony pulls back the curtain on its much-anticipated PS3 successor, and feel free to add your predictions, analysis and reactions below to Sony’s announcement.
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.
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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 Wednesday's 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. Credit: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Japanese video game producer for Capcom Yoshinori Ono 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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