Sony Set to Unveil Next Playstation February 20th

Sony Set to Unveil Next Playstation February 20th

by February 1, 2013

Reports Suggest 8 Core CPU, Advanced Sharing Capabilities

Sony this week confirmed a major unveiling related to the future of the storied Playstation hardware franchise to occur on February 20th.  Multiple outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, reported today the event will show off the next Playstation, tentatively dubbed Playstation 4.  Invitations have been sent to the press, and the event will be streamed live.

Another report from Edge Online suggests an 8-core AMD CPU backing the system, with at least 4 and the potential for 8 GB of RAM.  The controller allegedly includes a share feature, allowing instant capture of screenshots and video that can then be distributed.  It is also rumored to include a small touchscreen that will replace the start, select, and PS buttons.

The Edge report suggests a launch in Japan and North America at the end of the year, with Europe to follow early next year.  Other circulating reports suggest a $400 price point.

We normally are not fans of announcements-of-announcements, but if you’ve been following various rumors suggesting the next Sonic will be revealed this month, this particular exception may be of interest.  Those circulating rumors suggest the next Sonic was developed with the intent of being released on both the next Playstation and Microsoft’s next XBOX, in addition to current-gen systems.  This unveiling would be a prime time for Sega to show off what’s in store.  But assuming Edge’s report holds, would the company potentially shut out a key market for the 2013 Holidays and make European Sonic fans wait to play the blue blur on the latest and greatest system until 2014, diverting players to the current PS3?  The last time a Sonic game released that wide was in 2008, when a neutered Sonic Unleashed was released to Wii and Playstation 2, in addition to the PS3 and XBOX 360.

If nothing else, February 20th may be a date to watch for all gamers.  We will of course bring you any significant developments to come out of that reveal.