Does It Really Matter That Sony Didn't Reveal the PS4's Hardware This Week?

Push Square: "It’s been dubbed the ‘invisible’ console. Technology enthusiasts expecting an Apple-esque presentation during Sony’s widely publicised PlayStation Meeting left this week’s event disappointed when the PlayStation 4 – the actual console, to be precise – failed to materialise, and demonstrated their frustration in a slew of damning articles after the fact. But does it really matter that the platform holder showed nothing of its next generation system’s chassis?"

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DaThreats1887d ago

No, I think showing the controller is more important, because your know, we going to use it in our own hands all the time.

Agent Smith1887d ago

They did reveal the hardware. They just didn't show the box they're gonna put it in.

ProjectVulcan1887d ago

Better than just showing us the box and not saying whats in it.

Be nice to see the whole thing but I think if they had to do one or the other they got their priorities rght...

knowyourstuff1887d ago

The final packaging hasn't been finalized, as even the proposed specs can still change, especially if Microsoft tries to outdo them substantially.

Droidbro1887d ago (Edited 1887d ago )

LOL at all these silly comments. You guys are really bending over backwards to defend this catastrophe of an announcement. Announcing a new console without having it at the announcement clearly shows that something is wrong in development. Not only is this unprecedented in consoles, but I can't think of any consumer electronic being announced without the actual product on hand. Long term I don't think this is a big deal. Look at all the media setbacks the PS3 had running up to its launch; it ended up being pretty successful. I just find it funny that you guys can't call a spade a spade out of some type of brand loyalty ;)

Outside_ofthe_Box1887d ago (Edited 1887d ago )

^^^ given your avatar... I can't take your comment seriously...

But I think it's more of the opposite than what you suggest. People are really bending over backwards to find something to complain about. I would like to say that Sony should have just waited until E3 to avoid idiotic criticism like this, but then you realize this event alone took 2 hours and at E3 they need both PS4 and Vita time and then you release that people will still just find something else to nitpick at and blow it out of portion as some big deal. No win situation really.

Droidbro1885d ago

Avatar has nothing to do with it. If Halo was on PS2/3, I would still be a fan. Aside from not showing the box, they spent way too much of the two hours on what is basically a "Facebook" on the controller. Yawn. As a hardcore gamer, I want to see cooler graphics, bigger environments and smarter AI. This 'casual game' era is really dumbing everything down. I don't care about social network shit, crappy Kinect games or having a tablet for a controller.
Finally, your comment is just fail. According to you I am looking for, "something else to nitpick at and blow it out of portion as some big deal."
My exact words, "I don't think this is a big deal."

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aceitman1887d ago

I bet ms will show the console just to say hey we showed it and sony didn't. fan boys its just something ms does and u know it. that is one thing I don't like that ms does.

delboy1887d ago

Don't care about the actual looks of the console.
But Sony is un secure i say, or they would have announced the price.
It looks like that the next box is cheaper to manufacture than ps4,if we look at the specs.
The price tag is the main selling point for the next generation.

Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II1887d ago

All we need to know is the specs of the PS4 make it a very capable PC and Battlefield 4 on PS4 will have 64 players and not have to be gimped like Bf3.

firelogic1887d ago (Edited 1887d ago )


Sony isn't changing the hardware and neither is MS. Both systems are supposed to come out this year. It's too late to just start swapping in and out components.

This isn't just a matter of someone like you or I building a PC and all of a sudden deciding, "yeah...I'm gonna go with gdddr5 ram instead of ddr3."

The system specs take months, if not years, of research and planning before they decide on a single component. Why? Because changing one changes the entire system. From how it works to cost to manufacturing, logistics, etc.

MS watched the PS4 reveal and they're either thinking, "alright, no big deal, system specs and features are close enough." Or "aww shit. how are we going to present this so we don't look as inferior as we actually are?"

MS isn't changing any components this late in the game and Sony most definitely is not going to change components based on what MS shows. At least not without delaying the release of their consoles significantly.

And really, who gives a shit if they didn't show the damned case? They told you every last detail of what's going inside of it. Would you prefer Nintendo's approach where you don't know what's in it even after the thing launches?

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Riderz13371887d ago

If the only thing people are complaining about is the fact they didn't reveal the look of the hardware, then you know the rest of the show was awesome.

Incredible games were showcased, incredible new features such as the share button which were used live during the Killzone Shadow Fall demo and the focus that the console was built for developers, by developers.

Sony hit it out of the park. They didn't reveal too much but they also got us hyped for more. E3 here I come.

MultiConsoleGamer1887d ago

They have to save something for E3. Otherwise what's the point?

SonyNGP1887d ago

Why are people making such a big deal out of this? It's just a plastic housing with I/O interface and a disc drive :/

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mochachino1887d ago (Edited 1887d ago )

Not to me, I just wanted to know about the specs, didn't need to see the casing.

In fact, I'm kind of confused why people are making a big deal about not revealing the hardware case - seems like pseudo-gamers, MS fanboys, or biased media outlets looking for something to complain about.

In the newspapers I see headlines saying "No System Reveal" when it should say "8gigs GDDR5 RAM!" or "Redesigned Controller", you know, the stuff that actually effects an actual game.

The way it looks is bottom on the list of a game machine's selling points but some people followed the MS criticism saying they didn't show what it looks like. Makes no sense.

It's not a smart phone, it sits under the TV, it about the brains not the body in this case. -Just make sure it's has proper airflow and isn't the size of a desktop.

Too many corrupt people influencing the ignorant, probably the same people heralding the magnificence of Kinect.

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