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Will Sony's Premature PS4 Announcement Pave The Way For Microsoft At E3 2013?

GamingUnion.net: "Sony have recently invited gaming journalists from major online publications to reveal what is believed to be their future plans with regards to the PlayStation brand. It is commonly believed that this will include the announcement of the PlayStation 4, but Sony of course have not commented on this rumour."

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GribbleGrunger1652d ago (Edited 1652d ago )

Premature? I'd say it was quite a clever move myself. Get the opposition on the back foot and then hit them hard. Sony play chess with guile and finesse while Microsoft play poker with bluffs and a large pots. And, no, it doesn't pave the way for Microsoft at E3. Do people really think that Sony are going to make all their moves this month?

Abash1652d ago (Edited 1652d ago )

Sony has confidence the PS4 announcement will be a tough act to follow, thats why they are doing it so early

MikeMyers1652d ago

The same can be said about Microsoft and Nintendo. The Wii U is already out and Microsoft said awhile ago bring it on with a countdown to E3.

These systems are years in the making and they don't just make spur of the moment decisions on when to announce things. 2013 could very well be an exciting year with Valve, Microsoft and Sony all going to battle.

We are already seeing things out of the ordinary like Microsoft's early comment, Nintendo Direct announcement, Valve and their openness about Steambox, and now Sony announcing a major event on Feb. 20th. I think they know how much the landscape has changed over the years and you have to adapt or die and try new ways to market your product.

TheGamerDood1652d ago (Edited 1652d ago )

How the hell is it premature to bringing a product to market sooner than expected, especially after this gen has gone on longer than it should have. If it had been MS showing new hardware it would have been considered a brilliant strategic move.
-_-

miyamoto1652d ago

Sony PlayStation has never been late or too early to the party.

bangshi1651d ago

@TheGamerDood bringing something sooner than expected is pretty much the definition of premature.

Don't panic, though I see what you mean and I agree with you.

This is not premature. We all know consoles are coming 2013.

This event will show the PS4 and we will get more gaming news and pricing at E3 followed by I think an October launch.

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mephman1652d ago (Edited 1652d ago )

You say that, but the whole NGP reveal followed by the Vita reveal at E3... wasn't so great. If they'd have just done a reveal at E3, the hype would have been better.

wishingW3L1652d ago

the hype was incredible the problem is that Nintendo did a desperate price-cut and the masses flocked to it.

ILive1652d ago

The ps4 and the vita are 2 different things. I dont see the announcement as premature. These article needs a title change. If the ps4 was backwards compatible, would it still be premature?

NatureOfLogic1652d ago

The only reason the 360 is even relevant right now is because it was first to launch. I can't wait to see how ms do against sony head to head. I think ms should be worried big time.

UnholyLight1651d ago

KingElixer..

Are you serious man? Both companies are going to have some revolutionary stuff. I highly doubt Microsoft is even worried about Sony. They've been working really hard and secretively for how long now? I find it incredibly stupid to say such things that Microsoft is in trouble when neither has tipped their hand yet.

Incredibly stupid...Both companies are going to blow us away with what they have to offer. Just look at the types of positions and whatnot they have been hiring for.

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LOGICWINS1652d ago

"Sony play chess with guile and finesse while Microsoft play poker with bluffs and a large pots."

Seems you have some inside information on Microsoft's next console to say that they're "bluffing". Care to share, or are you under some sort of contract?

Saigon1652d ago

I think he is referring more to how each company handles their business transactions. In reality its pretty much close to spot on...

Ron_Danger1652d ago

Bluffing: see Kinect advertising

GribbleGrunger1652d ago (Edited 1652d ago )

Well, I wasn't being literal, Logic, I was waxing lyrical, but I'd say there's more than a thread of truth in my analogy. The two posters above me and below you understood where I was coming from.

LOGICWINS1652d ago

Oh thats a shame. Was hoping for some solid info on the 720. Either way, we'll see if Sony's bluffing on the 20th :)

Septic1652d ago

Sony don't bluff? What about the E3 where they unveiled the so-called in-game tech demos? That was finesse was it?

Blind fanboyism ftw!

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Merrill1652d ago

It's not like E3 is the place to make formal console announcements.

Saigon1652d ago

I am starting to agree with that because didn't MS announce the XBox 360 at an MTV event and Sony first announced the first concept of the PS3 at the Tokyo Game Show...

rainslacker1652d ago

Better to announce it before E3 with some information trickling out to get hype going. At E3 they're going to want more than just the PS4 to have some of the spotlight. E3 is a place to show off the features announced along with games and other features not mentioned to keep the hype going. All that gives people something exciting to look forward to at E3.

GalacticEmpire1652d ago

PS4 is a wizard and as we all know...

A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to.

ZoyosJD1652d ago

E3...LOL. If Sony only announces the PS4 and leave the price and release date for E3 all we will hear about is E3 hype for all these next gen games that are currently slated "only for PS4" or "next gen consoles" for the next 4 months. I don't think so. I wouldn't be surprised is MS has their teaser(not announcement) ready before Feb 20th just to stir the pot.

Skate-AK1652d ago

Bubs. That was an awesome comparison.

Mounce1652d ago

My thinking, or hope...is that Sony makes it seem like they're going to take it slow and take their time. They said quite soundly that they're not going to be 'last in the race' again after PS3. Then all of a sudden a few months ago they're like "Go ahead Microsoft..."... It's either a clever bluff to make Microsoft think they have more time to tweak things out similar to the 360 and its hardware being poorly overlooked and rushed out. Or, Sony just is showing PS4 but actually do intent to be 'last' but thought of a way not to get screwed as hard as launch aka Price point.

I'd expect Sony to rush Microsoft again if they were bluffing, which I'm more inclined to believe is what they're doing....starting the hype though, will they follow through and continue the hype and make a big launch earlier than most expect?....

I'd be hard pressed....if any MGS game or, FF13Versus....the Last Guardian....Agency....all those games lost and more became launch titles? (MGS wise, Ground Zeroes is possible)... Well, I'd probably buy it at launch. Easy.

AngelicIceDiamond1652d ago

@Grunge Bluffs? As far as I'm concerned MS out of the two deliver on their announcements at E3. And I don't mean their recent E3's (though they delivered on those) I'm talking about MS's early E3's when they were actually good.

Nintendo's Vitality sensor still doesn't exist. Wii U's third party exclusivity. Ninja Gaiden Razors Edge is now multiplat.

Sony's Agent and Last Guardian aren't around.

I'm just trying to make a point. So far MS usually delivers on their announcements at E3.

DOMination-1652d ago

Actually the last few years Sony have announced everything before e3 and not had anything new to show at their conference. I hope they don't do that this year.

lonix1652d ago

it really comes down to who releases first.

hopefully sony wont miss the boat this time.

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fluffydelusions1652d ago

We know nothing of any next gen consoles yet. Let's wait and see.

PirateThom1652d ago

Sony, if they announce the PS4 at this event, have their entire E3 conference to focus on games.

If Microsoft announce at E3, they have to split their time between the console, features and games.

It's really no odds, they're still going to be hyped up to max and, when it comes down to it, sales of the next Microsoft console will be higher in the US, sales of the next Sony console will be higher in Europe and Japan. Hype won't change that.

Eskimo Keith1652d ago

I agree, Sony will have more time for their games and if they have an impressive line up like I'm hoping it will, it'll be a spectacular show. However, if Microsoft announce a console at the same show, the gaming press will more likely want to cover their new console along with any games they are showcasing around the same time.

I truly am looking forward to E3 and indeed the 20th because Sony and Microsoft along with their 1st party developers have mostly been keeping quiet, which usually means new games and a reason to get excited.

rainslacker1652d ago

Both would get coverage either way. One of the nice things of the internet is there is not limited space to cover everything. One may overshadow the other. Given MS E3 shows of the past few years it's hard to see them overshadowing Sony who focus primarily on games at E3.

DOMination-1652d ago

Don't forget the four montages set to euro dance music Sony always bring to e3!

But yeah true. If they do a full recall now of the hardware they don't need to repeat it all at e3 freeing up time to talk about games or sales numbers

Gamer19821652d ago

Indeed it depends whats more important to you, games or new console announcement. To Xbox fans it will be the console as they have been waiting but gamers in general it will be games. So very clever for Sony.

LOL_WUT1652d ago

Premature? Seems like someones bitter that Sony beat them to the punch. ;)