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With Sony Set to Reveal Playstation 4, When Will Microsoft Respond?

Forbes- Well, with it all but completely confirmed that Sony will be showcasing their next generation console at a special event on February 20th (henceforth called the ‘PS4′ for simplicity’s sake), that seems like it’s not going to be the case.

There’s little point speculating about what exactly the new system will look like. Hardware specs have been rumored for a while now, but we should be content to simply wait three weeks and find out 100% true information instead of guessing at it. The idea is that with this early announcement, Sony will have the console actually released by Holiday 2013. So, where would this leave Microsoft?

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LOGICWINS1659d ago

It would be hilarious, if the 20th had nothing to do with the PS4. It could just be about how Gaikai will be integrated into PSN, enabling you to play all your downloaded games on Vita via cloud.

Probably a tactic to get Microsoft to prematurely announce the 720.

PirateThom1659d ago

Maybe, but could you imagine the backlash on the 21st if Sony don't announce new hardware after the huge hype they have at the moment?

LOGICWINS1659d ago

The people created that PS4 hype, not Sony. Regardless of whats announced, I don't anyone will come away unhappy.

JP13691659d ago

"The people created that PS4 hype, not Sony."

It's the presence of investors at the event that caused the hype. Said investors were invited by Sony. So yeah, it was Sony.

BitbyDeath1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

Investors would be raging like the hulk for having their time wasted.

HebrewHammer1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

It'll be PlayStation 4, c'mon guys...

zebramocha1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

@logic I don't believe this hype is for nothing because Ms e3 2012 showing was meh, giving them a better chance at launching a new console then Sony, so counteract that,they bring up next gen talk so Ms isn't the first to bring up next gen.

LOGICWINS1659d ago

"It's the presence of investors at the event that caused the hype.:

The presence of investors could mean anything:

Gaikai compatibility with all Sony products

Better PS Vita integration with the PS3

A truckload of 1st/3rd party support for Vita that we didn't know about.

A new push for Move centric software.

I don't recall Sony saying "PS4". Sony's building hype, but we don't know what that hype is for yet.

BitbyDeath1659d ago

@Logicwins, having investors would mean it'd have to be something that sells. ie Hardware, not software.

LOGICWINS1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

"having investors would mean it'd have to be something that sells. ie Hardware, not software."

Software doesn't sell?

EDIT: It could be PS4, but it could also be about getting GTAV and GOW: Ascension on Vita. Actually, I'm willing to put my neck out on the line and say that it ISN'T PS4. It's simply going to be 100% Vita/PS3 integration. Every game you download on PSN will automatically be Vita compatible.

I don't believe that Sony would start marketing the PS4 when the Vita is still struggling. Hopefully I'm wrong because Sony will NEED that headstart this go around.

Oh and KZ4 will be on the PS3...not the PS4. Those 30 minutes we saw of Ascension shows that the PS3 still has a hell of a lot of power left. GG won't ignore that 70+ million PS3 install base.

GG's new IP however WILL be on the PS4.

BitbyDeath1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

Games yes, but firmware no.

EDIT: Yea, not saying it is PS4 either, it could be any type of new hardware device, but must be something pretty big given the teaser, as i'm sure Sony would know everyone would immediately think PS4 upon seeing it.

BitbyDeath1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

I'm thinking it is for the PS4.
Sony would know what their teaser would... tease.

Getting games on a platform is not big enough for investors to turn up. Would have to be much bigger, like buying up a huge company or something.

LOGICWINS1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

"Would have to be much bigger, like buying up a huge company or something."

Yeah that too. It could be anything. Bungie, Respawn, Rockstar. There are MANY other possibilities.

@JP1369- I don't see why people believe that a PS4 announcement could be the BIGGEST thing Sony can announce. The PS4 is guaranteed to come within the next year or so. We ALREADY know its coming at SOME point. A PS4 announcement wouldn't shock anyone. It's too expected.

Sony acquiring Rockstar and/or Bungie would be MASSIVE! That announcement would shock the world!

"I'm sure they are well aware of the hype and would be desperate to avoid any potential backlash."

Sony is NO stranger to backlash. They released a $600 console with a crap online suite, then took away backwards compatibility in future models. Not to mention allowing PSN to be hacked and waiting nearly week to tell consumers that their info was compromised.

The point is, like a crying 4 year old that drops his ice cream on the concrete...gamers forget and move on. If the PS4 isn't announced on the 20th, Sony will find a way to make up for it.

JP13691659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

Logic-
I highly doubt that they would bring investors in to talk about software that is either about to release or is well into development. And they certainly wouldn't do so to talk about firmware updates involving Gaikai or Vita integration.
This whole event reminds me of the PS2 unveil back in March of '99. They showed off their hardware to kill Sega's momentum with the Dreamcast and reduced their competition by one. Now, with the Wii U struggling, it does seem like a smart move to try to stifle any footing Nintendo might gain between now and E3 by using the same tactics. Nintendo revealed their hand at the latest Direct meeting and if Sony can show something really impressive that surpasses anything the Wii U can manage, then Ninty are going to find it even harder to convince gamers to take the plunge. Granted, it isn't as simple as I've just made it sound, but I'm sure Sony is very keen on increasing their chances of leading the next generation in any way possible.
Also, as someone here already mentioned, if Sony weren't prepared to show the successor to the PS3 in just over two weeks, then someone should have issued an official denial by now. I'm sure they are well aware of the hype and would be desperate to avoid any potential backlash.

Edit:
"Oh and KZ4 will be on the PS3...not the PS4. Those 30 minutes we saw of Ascension shows that the PS3 still has a hell of a lot of power left. GG won't ignore that 70+ million PS3 install base. "

Sony won't make the mistake of releasing an exclusive on their old system when it could just as easily release during the launch window of the new one. They did that with GOW2 and were left without a popular exclusive in that genre for 40 months. Plus, I'm sure their marketing department loves the synergy provided by having multiple sequels with the number 4 (Killzone and Uncharted)release on the PS4.

"I don't see why people believe that a PS4 announcement could be the BIGGEST thing Sony can announce. The PS4 is guaranteed to come within the next year or so. We ALREADY know its coming at SOME point. A PS4 announcement wouldn't shock anyone. It's too expected."

True, we are all expecting it, but we don't as of yet have anything concrete. The rumors have been getting out of control and core gamers and the media are desperate to get a sneak peak at the next offerings from Sony and Microsoft. The fact that they haven't denied it yet says that it's either PS4 or something big enough to overshadow the announcement of a new console. I'm guessing it's a console, because Sony doesn't have the capital to buy Rockstar or to buy Bungie and then shell out money to Activision for any contractual obligations.

JP13691659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

"Sony is NO stranger to backlash. They released a $600 console with a crap online suite, then took away backwards compatibility in future models. Not to mention allowing PSN to be hacked and waiting nearly week to tell consumers that their info was compromised."

These are the kind of mistakes any intelligent person would like to avoid. Sony isn't in the same position it was going into this generation and can't afford to keep engaging in stupidity. Also, trying to add credibility to your statement by saying that it's likely to be made by a company prone to making poor decisions shows a lack of logic on your part.

aCasualGamer1659d ago

@PirateThom

Oh, i don't think fans are gonna wait til the 21st before the backlash starts. Believe you me, they will be on that shit before you can say end of the world.

rainslacker1659d ago

People like us created the hype yes, but Sony knows that they will get blamed if it isn't the PS4, and in a big way. I can't even imagine the hate articles we'd see within hours of the meeting if this were the case. If this truly were the case, then we would use the "we did it to ourselves" argument to say it wasn't Sony's fault, however I would probably say at this point Sony should have stopped those rumors quick because they obviously know what the backlash would be. It would also overshadow the actual announcement they would make which I doubt is something they would want.

badz1491659d ago

watching the tease video of the PS's trademarks SQUARE, CIRCLE, X and TRIANGLE for the 20th is already getting the hype machine running full steam ahead and it will be extremely stupid for Sony to not show anything remotely close to PS4 because admit it, now the hype for PS4 is even bigger than the hype for GTAV and if THAT's not a message to Sony, I don't know what else is!

PEOPLE WANT THE PS4 NOW SONY!

Outside_ofthe_Box1659d ago

***"These are the kind of mistakes any intelligent person would like to avoid. Sony isn't in the same position it was going into this generation and can't afford to keep engaging in stupidity."***

Well said.

BitbyDeath1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

'Yeah that too. It could be anything. Bungie, Respawn, Rockstar. There are MANY other possibilities.'

Actually i was thinking more along the lines of a hardware company. One that would bring new Hardware to Playstation such as how WiiU first showed off the tablet controller without showing any of the console. If not PS4 then Sony could go the same route having bought a company that is purely focused on VR or advanced techniques with AR/holographics.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

@PirateThom

"but could you imagine the backlash on the 21st if Sony don't announce new hardware after the huge hype they have at the moment?"

Back lash on the 21st?? Lol it takes place feb 20th 6pm. I would expect backlash by 7pm..

nukeitall1658d ago (Edited 1658d ago )

Why argue?

I will tell you what they will announce, it is the "PSP Vita GO"!!!

People will love it, because it will feature giant enemy crabs!

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S_C1659d ago

If the ps4 had nothing to do with it sony would have said by now because they would of known the reaction after the 20th

I_am_Batman1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

Reply to your second post:

The hype is always created by the people. But it was iniciated by Sony. With all the recent rumors about next gen Sony knows that a teaser titled "See the future" will let people believe that they'll announce the PS4 there. If it wouldn't have anything to do with PS4 Sony would have stated that by now.

I'd say things turn out just as Sony has planned.

Blaze9291659d ago

It would make sense for them to announce their response at E3...

doesnt really seem like a hard question to answer at all lol. When else would they respond? Dumb article

konnerbllb1659d ago

MS has never announced new consoles at E3.

konnerbllb1658d ago

Love the disagrees.

Fact: Xbox 1 was announced at GDC in 2000. GDC is in March, E3 is in June.

Fact: Xbox 360 was announced on MTV in May 2005. E3 was once again in June.

Microsoft has never announced a console at E3. The have always had their own show beforehand.

Ryo-Hazuki1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

WSJ said they are 100% sure its the PS4. And when media and especially investors are getting invited from all over the world it's because the PS4 is going to be unveiled.

ILive1659d ago

I have no idea why you have disagrees when this is true.

JeffGUNZ1658d ago

I could care less about who reveals first, i want a RELEASE date and PRICE point.

Thatguy-3101659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

It has to be the ps4. A lot of info about the system has surface from absolutely no where these past few days. Plus sony knows the hype surrounding the thought of a ps4 announcement. Like ppl say investors were also invited so it has to be hardware announcement.

Veneno1658d ago

It will be a big announcement in some way I'm sure

morkendo231659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

"WITH SONY SET TO REVEAL PS4 WHEN WILL MICROSOFT RESPOND???"

as a friend told me who WORK!! for Microsoft game division the 720 is still in QUALITY CONTROL stages
no RUSHING!!! out this time to beat Sony. he also said it will be release the earliest mid 2014 a maybe showing @ this E3 2013....... so in essence a reversal of event from 2006