Yesterday, a mysterious email from Sony popped into my inbox inviting DualShockers to ‘PlayStation Meeting 2013.’ Instantly we all thought “it has begun” — meaning that Sony would be the first to announce their next gen plans. And although all signs pointed to an announcement, including a teaser trailer released by Sony, we didn’t want to jump the gun without some more rock solid evidence.
It now appears that we have exactly that.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that not only will Sony pull the wrapping off of its PlayStation 4 on February 20, but that the console will be on sale this year in time for the holidays, despite the fact that other publications and analysts have inferred otherwise.
WSJ also took the time to provide further details about the console adding that Sony will ”incorporate more social gaming aspects into the new machine,” that will include “changes in how users interact with the machine.” Also citing that the console will rely on an optical drive (although it was on the chopping block at one point) as well AMD hardware for both its CPU and GPU.
The million dollar question remains on whether or not Sony will opt to have a cell processor in there as well for some backwards compatibility. But looking back to the PS3, and the way the functionality was handled then, I wouldn’t hold my breath until we hear official word.
Stay tuned to DualShockers as we’ll be at PlayStation Meeting 2013, reporting all things PS4.