Sony May Not Announce The PS4 February 2013

From the moment Sony announced their February 20th event, the news reports have all came to the idea that the event will be the announcement of the PS4. Most of this information originates from a Wall Street Journal article that cites “sources” but nothing more. There is a possibility this announcement will not be the big PS4 reveal everyone is expecting.

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Timesplitter142082d ago (Edited 2082d ago )

I think it may be true though. With The Last of Us launching soon and the feeling that PS3 is not actually done yet, it may not be the most efficient move to announce the PS4 now.

The more I think about it, the more I have my doubts about this announcement.

Maybe they'll introduce some kind of new online Playstation service that will later be used in the PS4? Maybe some kind of Steam for all Playstation 1-2-3-4 games? Or maybe some completely new concept for an online platform? That would explain "the future of Playstation"

-Alpha2082d ago (Edited 2082d ago )

Nothing is going to stop people from buying Last of Us, as PS3 owners will still be buying PS3 games. Not like they are striking until Christmas/2014

The February 20th teaser has amassed nearly 5 million views on the single PlayStation Youtube channel. Everyone expects PlayStation 4, and Sony would be foolish to not reveal the console with all this hype in their favour. There really is no reason for it not to be, they have all year to roll out the surprises while maintaining buzz around their PS3 exclusives.

Kevin ButIer2082d ago

This kind of viral advert can't be something smaller than the ps4. This is new... this is the ps4

PRHB HYBRiiD2082d ago

I agree with much as i want to the PS4 to be announced i think they will talk about a new service,maybe cloud gaming.I really hope they announce the PS4 i am ready for next gen but u know gaming is full of let downs,this might just be another one.

KingKevo2082d ago (Edited 2082d ago )

Imho they just HAVE TO announce it.

Every gamer out there is aware of the fact that we are pretty much in the last year of the current console cycle and when Sony then announces an event that is being streamed, with press and shareholders attending, everyone out there is going to say that it has to be the PS4. Everyone is expecting it to be shown.

When the 'See The Future' video came out people were almost instantly talking about the next gen PS. And with that being said, just think about what would happen if Sony won't announce it, they would get bashed by the whole gaming community and I'm sure this time, that they do not want to cause any bad press for the future.

Knushwood Butt2082d ago

I don't really think they have a need to announce the PS4 yet.

I'll be surprised if they announce it during this event.

Could be wrong though.

mcstorm2082d ago

I am wondering if it will be something ps4 related but it will not be the ps4 its self. I think Sony will try and create some hype for the ps4 announcement to try and take some of the attraction away from what Microsoft are going to do with there next Xbox and try and stop people taking about the Wiiu to.

aCasualGamer2082d ago

There is only one thing i can say.

Everyone is expecting a PS4 announcement, it would be suicide to not mention it atleast.

This wouldn't hinder sales for either GOW: Ascension, Last of Us or Beyond: Two souls. Why would it? PS4 is coming... but that doesn't mean we should all have a dry season of non gaming... we should still buy these awesome games while we're waiting for PS4.

There is no doubt imo that they will announce it, there is absolutely no reason to NOT announce the next console on the "here is the future of playstation" event. Would be suicide.

DeadlyFire2082d ago

If they confirm all PS3 titles will be playable on PS4 then its a decent time to announce it. As it wouldn't hurt PS3 game sales all that much since they are coming to the platform anyway.

Red_Orange_Juice2081d ago (Edited 2081d ago )

Is there the slightiest possibility that "X" can happen?
If yes, write an article stating that "X" can happen.


bangshi2081d ago

If it isn't the PS4, it has to be something very, very good.

Gaikai or PS4.

b163o12081d ago

We had this and problem when the PS3 came out, the PS2 was just too damn good at the moment, and know one seen a reason to make that jump. A lot of people forget that the PS3's biggest competition wasn't the 360, it was the PS2(at launch at lease)

morkendo232081d ago (Edited 2081d ago )

Im not surprised one bit. remember this site is

not credible source information for ps4

Waddy1012081d ago

The February 20th event is for the announcement of the PS4, I know that as a fact.

Dee_912081d ago

Im not sure if they wont announce it in february but im damn sure its not releasing by the end of this year.
People just letting all the rumors and hype go to their head then unfortunately Sony and MS gonna have to suffer an unnecessary backlash from the community.

AsimLeonheart2081d ago

Man everybody is saying with 100% surety that it is a PS4 announcement. NASDAQ, Wallstreet Journal, Edge, Pachter and many other professional websites and individuals. They arent idiots, you know and neither is Sony. Why will Sony build all this hype, stream the show, invite press and media to only announce some insignificant add on or PS3 iteration? It is obvious and rejecting it is only just going against the for looking cool or for fishing for hits.

s8anicslayer2081d ago

It's just an announcement for the PS4, people are not going to stop playing their PS3 the 20th and wait til the end of the year to buy games! There are a number of blockbuster PS3 games coming out this year and just like the PS2 proved it will be around for a bit during the PS4's infancy. With that being said its game on and these are exciting times to be a gamer and next gen can't come any sooner!

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grailly2082d ago (Edited 2082d ago )

I'm starting to think it would be kinda awesome if they just went and announced gaikai and said it would be available right then. We could get a taste of next-gen straight in our homes on the 20th (with minor lag, mind you) et then at the end of the year we still get our PS4, that would be announced at GDC.

Edit: I still think it's more probable they'll announce the ps4

harrisk9542081d ago

It is more likely than not that Sony WILL BE announcing the PS4. If not, they would have absolutely shut down all of the speculation with a definitive statement that the rumors are all wrong. If they do not reveal the PS4 at the February event, they will face unbelievably negative press and ire, even from the fanboys. Plus, they would leave the door open for MS to trump them with the NextBox announcement.

So, we all need to wait and see, but it would be the worst PR move Sony could make if this is not what it seems.

Abdou232081d ago

Even if they never intended to show it from the beginning, They should do it now, even a tiny bit of it, because the hype is all over the place and a lot of fans will be disappointed. And it's not going to hurt PS3 games sales in any way, people won't just throw their PS3s in the garbage.

Jason1432081d ago

Considering all and I mean all Sony stuff leaks with proof way ahead of time this could be right. This may just be another show case of this yrs exclusives. Dont forget game day out here in phoenix is this month too

MoveTheGlow2081d ago (Edited 2081d ago )

I agree with JoGam. Sony would be throwing their own hardware icons under the bus. It's, in a way, branding blasphemy.

First off, the teaser video:

X, square, triangle, circle. It focused not only on the iconic shapes, but also on their colors. This is a hardware announcement. It's no Playstation Store announcement (that logo has monochromatic symbols), nor is it Gaikai (it doesn't have anything to do with hardware).

If it's hardware, then what are we left with? Three possibilities: the PS4, a new PS3 iteration, or a new Move controller (as the article suggested).

Those last two seem okay until you consider the second factor: The event.

Journalists are being invited to an event to see this thing. Events cost a lot of money to put on - if you're flying press out, you've gotta pay for those flights, hotels, food, etc. If not, journalism outlets are *sending* those people on their tab. If this is an event for a new iteration of the PS3, which they've known about for a while, or a new color, it would be a fiasco.

This isn't some stupid rumor thingy - the biggest names in the press are pretty solid about this being a PS4 announcement. Sony doesn't have the wiggle room to depress the press and enthusiasts again.

Then there's the new Move possibility. Why? Is Sony suddenly going to make a PS3 push with new Move games, because they sold so freaking well before? Not at all. If anything, a new Move controller would be connected to the PS4. And why would they release info on a PS4 controller without announcing that the system itself is indeed a thing?

There's maybe one other possibility. Perhaps there's a new streaming tech that'll let you both stream your PS3 games to your Vita (like an uber-Remote Play), and control PS3 games *with* your Vita. If that's the case, there's Sony's answer to the Wii U, and they'll put that in the new PS4, therefore both selling Vitas and taking away the Big N's one huge advantage in the hardware department. That... would be awesome. So... if it's not the PS4, it still may be great.

MostJadedGamer2081d ago

I wouldn't be surprised at all. I didn't think the PS4 would come out til fall of 2014. No way would be the PS4 be revealed this February if its not going to come out til fall of 2014.

I was actually shocked when it was announced that it would be revealed Feb 20. Now I am betting it won't be revealed til E3, and won't come out in the US til fall of 2014.

wastedcells2081d ago

Even if they had no plans to announce the ps4 they have to now lol.

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DeadSpaced2082d ago

While anything is possible, I'd like to hear Sony announce the PS4.

colonel1792082d ago

I am thinking that they won't reveal the PS4 yet, but might see some tech demos that will showcase the power of the PS4 or at least what their vision is, hence See the future.

The actual console might be revealed at E3 and a price and the controller (if there is anything special, or it's a new design) closer to launch.

Kingdom Come2082d ago

So the "future of Playstation" is Tech-Demo's? And how could they show Next-Gen Tech-Demo's without revealing there to be a Next-Gen console?

With the amount of hype they've accumulated, it would be disastrous for their reputation if they didn't announce the PS4.

colonel1792082d ago

What I mean Kingdom Come is that they will only tease it. Of course they will talk about the PS4, but it won't be a full reveal. We might not even get a final name, but a codename like NGP when Vita was first shown.

Thinking by your logic though, It would also be great if they do reveal the PS4 and spend the time talking about capabilities, etc (maybe not specs though) and then use E3 to announce games for it.

Anyways, whatever I think or you think is only speculation by now, since no one knows what they will be showing at the event. They also have the Vita so they might use time for it too.

humbleopinion2082d ago

Tech Demos? We already have those: Watchdogs, UE4, Agni's Philosophy, the new Witcher trailer.
We already know what the ballpark is going to be - now give us the official announcement already!

DeadlyFire2082d ago

I am thinking they just announce that development is happening and that they plan to release at Early/Late 201x. Whatever they decide.

Then tease at least 1 High res screen of an upcoming game for the platform. PS3 launch had 15-20 tech demos when it was announced at E3.

rainslacker2081d ago (Edited 2081d ago )

I'm one of the bigger Sony fans on this site, not extreme or anything, but have an affection for all things PS. And even I have to say just showing some demos without any substance to the hardware would be a bad idea.

While I believe the games themselves are more important overall, when it comes to a new generation of hardware, something has to be said about it and what it means for the future of the games we play. Tech demos just don't do that, however they can show off some of the capabilities of the machine, but without context they are meaningless.

I'm sure they won't release full specs of the machine, or likely even all of it's features...some of those may not even be ironed out yet. But if they're going to do a PS4 announcement, then there needs to be enough substantial information for prospective buyers to decide if they want to upgrade early, or wait until there is more value in it.

I imagine overall they will reserve quite a bit of information until E3, with articles popping up about features of the machine that will be showed off at that time, and instead focus on the major selling points of the machine during the announcement. The reason for this is because it frees up time during E3 to focus on the things that make it have more value for the consumer. It also gives them time to gauge consumer reaction to the announced features to see how much time they need to give it during E3 or GDC.

Probably what we'll see is the major focus of the machines selling points...much like the tablet controller was shown off for the Wii U. If Gaikai is part of the PS4 then expect them to spend some time on that as well. You can also expect some mega-ton announcement on at least one game due during the launch window. It is up to Sony to show the masses that they are going to be relevant on the next gen console release. It's something they only marginally did with the PS3 release, and I'm sure they won't make the same mistake again. Sony are leaders in the industry, along with MS/Nintendo, and lately they've been on a roll when it comes to hype. It reminds me a lot of their early PS2 days, and was woefully non-existant in the early PS3 days.

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wishingW3L2082d ago

I'm telling you, if there's no PS4 in Feb 20 there will be blood! And not just from the fans but the media too is gonna tear them apart if they don't show something that blow minds.

Thatguy-3102082d ago

Exactly!! There will be my blood too and sony will be responsible for it lol I find it funny though that sony never mentioned anything so all this hype about the ps4 was just created by fans and media. But hell will brake loose if they don't show it. So if they weren't going to show it they should at least say they are working on it to avoid death threats etc. Lol but honestly my gut is telling it will be announce =)

zebramocha2082d ago

While not as flashy,they had something similar with the vita,where specs were leak before its unveiling.

smashcrashbash2082d ago

No? Really? There is a possibility that it might not be a PS4.Oh my God are you sure. Really? I never even thought that for a second.But wait. There is also a chance it is the PS4. So you are saying their could be different possibilities. Hmmmmm...... very clever.Anyway Sony is inviting investors and the press and talking about the futire. Whatever they are going to show it is obviously very important or they could have easily just posted it on the internet.And a PS4 is the most important thing it could be at the moment. Why would they call them out to show Gaikai or a price drop or a new game? That makes no sense.And your assumption about the PS3 is the same thing people keep saying.Sony still had the PS2 out while they introduced the PS2 and were still making games for it.Why do you automatically assume that just because the PS3 is still being paid attention to, a new system is out of the question? If they release the PS4 it won't sell immediately so they still need a source of income.

I would go on but all your reasons are the same lame reasons people have been giving since we heard about the PS4. And they can be easily argued.Why do you keep thinking Sony is showing Gaikai? We already know about it.Why would they gather everyone together just to talk about that? They could have just posted it's features on the internet were everyone can see it.And like someone else pointed out these things are usually about hardware.Games,price drops and Gaikai are not hardware

MultiConsoleGamer2082d ago

The PS3 is the PS4.

The PS4 is also the PS4.

rainslacker2081d ago

I'm not sure what you mean by that. If you mean that Gaikai will serve PS4 games to the PS3 then I think, while possible, it's highly improbable. If people can stream games to the PS3 in PS4 quality, then there is little incentive for them to upgrade. I would just because I like to own my games and streaming isn't ideal for me, but it would be suitable for lots of people. If Sony wants to push consoles to a point where the actual hardware doesn't matter, then they will start that with the next generation, with a machine that is designed around that principle in part. The PS3 isn't that. Changing the actual principles of their PS3 console this late in the game is not ideal, albeit it does have advantages from a business standpoint. I feel, however, that the market just isn't ready for a DD future.