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Submitted by nofilter 1125d ago | opinion piece

Why Sony Would Be Crazy To Announce PS4 Before May

TSA: "As the internet dissolves into another day of crazy rumours, speculation over when Sony will announce the PS4 continues afresh. The twilight years of any console generation are generally the same, of course, but this time it’s a little different, and it’s fair to say that we’re unlikely to find ourselves in this situation ever again." (Next-Gen, PS3, Sony)

Godchild1020  +   1125d ago
I don't see Sony officially announcing their Next console until maybe a week or 2 after The Last of US releases. They still don't have a date for Beyond: Two Souls, but for all we know that can grace both Platforms or just be a holiday title for the PS3.

They will show it off to upcoming developers at GDC to get some on board for some PSN or full retail release for the year or so after the systems release, but no officially announcement until all the games are out the gate and has seen good to great footing.

At least this is what I hope they do.
Abdou23  +   1125d ago
It will not hurt those games sales, I repeat it will not hurt those games sales, thousands of people already rode the hype train for these games. And a lot of people will stick to their current gen. consoles for at least another year waiting for number of next gen. games to be released, price drop. etc.
Godchild1020  +   1125d ago
You are right it won't really effect those games because gamers already have their minds set on them, but that doesn't mean Sony will officially announce the console before The Last of Us is out.

I'm sure a lot of people will stick to the PS3 and a good share will keep buying the system before jumping to the next console, because there will be a price on the console (PS3)long before the release of the next one and there will still be games coming out for it.

The only way I see them announcing the console before The Last of Us is out, is if the system has backwards compatibility.
hakis86  +   1125d ago
I agree, it won't hurt sales - not even for a year or two! I mean, people still have 70+million PS3s, and they're gonna want new games for them...
PS4 won't nessecary have a lot of games availible at once anyways =)
And it will take a few years before x-million PS4s are sold.

OMG I'm hyped right now!
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GribbleGrunger  +   1125d ago
No, it won't hurt game sales because there are 72 million PS3 owners out there. What it would do is hurt console sales because Sony will want the exclusives to push hardware this year. Announcing the PS4 would effectively stop a lot of people buying a PS3 for these games and hold off in case the PS4 is backward compatible. Not a good move. Next year, after the exclusives have released would be my guess.

Many have said that Sony have sold too many studios but they forget that a lot of Sony studios have become two studios, such as Naughty Dog and Media Molecule. We'll see support for both consoles for at least another year with Sony exclusives still releasing on the PS3 in 2014.

The PS4 may be announced towards the end of this year but it's likely that the PS4 won't release until late 2014 -- just long enough for a lower price to create an 'impulse buy' market with bundled exclusives driving it.

Sony won't be concerned about releasing later than the Xbox720. They will have the PSP/PSVita/PS3 making them money, and money is the name of the game. PS+ will help drive the PS3 sales long after the PS4 releases. I also think that BC is almost inevitable for the PS4 because Sony will want to integrate it into PS+. There will not be enough games for the PS4 to warrant a decent 'instant collection' so they will offer PS3/PS2/PS1 games to compensate for that short term lack of PS4 games.
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TheGamerDood  +   1125d ago
Am I going to throw out my PS3 as soon as I get my PS4? No. Also I'm sure Sony will offer up a version for the PS4 so for the people that want to make the leap can do so without any worries. And it's been known for some time now that most of Sony's first party devs are already working on PS4 titles.

Take SuckerPunch for example they're already looking for testers for their new game. The combination of Sony's first party studios and third party will keep the PS4 well stocked with games in it's first year.
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akaakaaka  +   1125d ago
LOL so you actually think that third party devs are not already making games for it?
haven't you see all the ads on n4g for already a year and i'm talking about the ad's not the rumors that are looking to hired people to work for next gen PS4 or Xbox.

if is showed at GDC it will be open to the public or the behind doors for the main web pages, ign, etc, mags and retailers.. and all the info soon after for us and it will create hype for e3 to see how the games look and what is all info and deails
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Godchild1020  +   1125d ago
You do know GDC is also for upcoming developers looking to make a way into the industry? I'm sure already established third party and first party developers are making games for the system, but I'm talking new developers. New developers to bring new IPs to the digtail and retail front of the console.

As I said I think it will be announced to upcoming Developers to get them hands on to work on new titles for it at GDC. It could be, behind closed doors to developers and the Media, but it won't be made official with specs until late may early June.
GribbleGrunger  +   1125d ago
I totally agree with this paragraph from the article:

'Well, for starters the PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox are highly likely to be the final ‘consoles’ as we understand the term – weighty, expensive boxes are surely on their way out and whatever happens this year there’s every chance that the following generation will be all about streaming data to a dumb terminal, rather than pouring billions into R&D to ensure the chipsets are as future-proof as possible before being outdated in a year by a modest PC.'

This is why I believe that whether Sony are first or second to the market does not matter. The PS4 will be around for longer than any other console in history.
bicfitness  +   1125d ago
The people who are going to buy a PS4 (early adopters/ enthusiasts) are NOT the same crowd that are currently, or will in the future, buy PS3s. The markets are pretty much mutually exclusive at this point. They won't be cannibalizing any of their own sales as those enthusiasts will buy TLOU and TLG and all the rest of those games anyhow, and people looking for a $200 and under system (a price drop IS comming, for sure) with a massive library, will have just that. Those that want new stuff, will have that opition as well. The fact that they finally killed the PS2, says that they're setting up their next low end/ high end trend with the PS3/ PS4.

After 7 years, the hardware needs a refresh, seriously. This has been one of the longest and most frustrating console generations yet.

The article also mentions the PS Vita, which as far as I'm concerned will have a better chance at functionality as was initially promised (REMOTE PLAY, I'M LOOKING AT YOU) with better hardware. The PS3 is a great system, but it is certainly OLD tech at this point, by any standards.

I don't particularly care when the announcement comes, but it might be better served to let MS get their blowharding/ Cirque Du Soleil extravaganza of an announcement out of the way first, then have the spotlight to themselves. I don't care when the announcement comes as long as the hardware is on NA/ EU shelves by November. That is my only concern.
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ElementX  +   1125d ago
Everytime I see that picture I cringe. It's used too often.
a_adji  +   1125d ago
I think it could be a smart move as it allows them to build good momentum to build upon going into e3.

They and MS are too similar so they each need to make themselves stand out from the other.
Hanso  +   1125d ago
What do guys think the ps4 will cost?
Hicken  +   1125d ago

Really, around the $400-$450 range.
SAE  +   1125d ago

i bet it will be 599.99 $ lol ..
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floetry101  +   1125d ago
From what I heard at the Vendor show I went to for EB Games, they expect to reveal the PS4 at Destination Playstation on Feb 28th. The next XBox is scheduled for E3.

Wouldn't be surprised for both to be very soon though. There aren't too many big releases for Q3,4 in 2013. It looks like they're getting their last hurrah out in the forms of The Last of Us and Gears of War: Judgement.
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dragonyght  +   1125d ago
announce the PS4 at e3 mean sharing the spot light and will be handicapped since MS always secure the right to show only their press conference on national tv. so it will so crazy to announce it before than
VonBraunschweigg  +   1125d ago
Hurray for twilight years. With God of War, The Last of Us, Beyond Two Souls, Gears of War, GTA V and Metal Gear Ground Zeros there's plenty to enjoy on current gen systems.

I expect both the new xBox and PS to be announced this E3, but with a releasedate not earlier than the 2nd half of next year. With all the grat games still coming up that's fine with me. I'd rather see The Last Guardian get a releasedate at E3, for me more important at the moment than any next gen announcement.
SAE  +   1125d ago
stop with this bullshit . revealing the ps4 is evolve n gaming and you people think about sales and stuff like that . get over it . the sooner the better . it's not like the tech will be better after may -.- . stupid reasons if you ask me ..

ps4 should have released last year not this year ..
Spinal  +   1125d ago
Well reality is. They will announce the PS4 this year but won't be out til next year. No company announces and releases a console in the same year. That's not enough production time.
sway_z  +   1125d ago
Regards to whether Sony should reveal PS4 info prior to E3...Sony are damned if they do...damned if they don't.

Although some of us aren't quite ready...the industry needs new consoles asap to galvanize itself.

I really don't see game sales affected...remember most new hardware released always suffers a software drought post launch, so PS3 will fill the gap until more games arrive.

I'm not expecting PS4 to be Backwards Compatible either, so the PS3 will be relevant for at least 3 years after PS4 hits retail.

Bring it :)
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EffectO  +   1125d ago
See PS3/PS2,thx.
Belking  +   1125d ago
It all depends on when MS announces theirs. Sony doesn't want all the press building hype for just the 720. I still say MS will announce theirs first and sony will really have no other choice but to do a follow up.
extermin8or  +   1125d ago
People buying the console now aren't going to wait for the PS4 as they are the late adopters for whatever reason maybe they don't play games that much or simply, can't justify the price of adopting early. The people with a ps3 now the majority that are interested in The Lastof Us (like myself) will buy it anyway even if PS$ can't play that disc I mean I'm hardly going to smash the ps3 up just because I got a new console lol (Who knows a upgraded port of something like the last of us could always be made for ps4 to adress those that did then ignore it? Cn't be too hard todo? Same for the likes of GTA5 etc) Plus Ps2 had major games due for release AFTER ps3's release even look at God of War 2....
chukamachine  +   1124d ago
PS4 = $399
black911  +   1124d ago
E3 at the earliest likes its always been. Everys just so eager just calm down and wait.

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