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Sony Hints at PS4 Announcement Before E3 in June

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 32 comments

So close we can almost taste it.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 are on the way out. While Microsoft and Sony are reluctant to talk about their next generation consoles and insist the current generation still has a ways to go before it's dead, it's no secret that the PS4 and Xbox 720 (or whatever it'll be called) are coming. No doubt, we're all looking forward to E3 and hoping one or the other will make an appearance. However, it seems we might not have to wait that long. The latest rumors say we may see a pre-E3 announcement regarding the PS4.

Sony's vice president of home entertainment, Hiroshi Sakamoto, apparently confirmed to Spanish language site Emol that the company is planning to talk PS4 in May. When asked about the next generation of PlayStation, Sakamoto said all he could say was that the company is focused on E3 in June and that the announcement may be then or even earlier, in May.

Sony's PS4 is rumored to be based on an AMD processor, and Sakamoto hinted that the new console may also pack integrated NFC functionality, too.

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    g00fysmiley , January 17, 2013 6:00 PM
    AvusI thought Sony said their PS3 are going to last minimum 10 years...


    they also said my delux ps3 could run linux and functioned to play ps2 games... that didn't last long either as they took away the ability with non optional fireware updates (well optional to a point but suddenly my solution was buy a new ps3 and dont' update the old one to use any otehr function on the ps3 and use the ps online community), i am done with sony, the ps3 was my last sony purchase ever
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    prince_david , January 17, 2013 6:38 PM
    AvusI thought Sony said their PS3 are going to last minimum 10 years...
    Eh, here's the thing. PS3 came out in 2006. I doubt PS4 will be out this year, making it come out in 2014. That will make it 8 years old. PS3 games will probably still come out for another 2 years, thus making it last 10 years. They only just stopped making PS2s about a week ago.
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    stevo777 , January 17, 2013 5:48 PM
    This will be good to see. This generation of consoles is obviously getting pretty dated with the 7 or 8 years wait depending on which one.
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    Avus , January 17, 2013 5:57 PM
    I thought Sony said their PS3 are going to last minimum 10 years...
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    g00fysmiley , January 17, 2013 6:00 PM
    AvusI thought Sony said their PS3 are going to last minimum 10 years...


    they also said my delux ps3 could run linux and functioned to play ps2 games... that didn't last long either as they took away the ability with non optional fireware updates (well optional to a point but suddenly my solution was buy a new ps3 and dont' update the old one to use any otehr function on the ps3 and use the ps online community), i am done with sony, the ps3 was my last sony purchase ever
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    Murissokah , January 17, 2013 6:01 PM
    Yay! Better ports on the way =S
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    belardo , January 17, 2013 6:01 PM
    Avus.... it will. Geez, SONY was selling the PS2 until 1-2 years ago for $100. So yeah, the PS3 will be on the shelves for another 2-3 years after the PS4 is released.

    There is too much of a library and developers support for the PS3 to simply kill it off. They will easily surpass 100m units before the console is retired.
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    prince_david , January 17, 2013 6:38 PM
    AvusI thought Sony said their PS3 are going to last minimum 10 years...
    Eh, here's the thing. PS3 came out in 2006. I doubt PS4 will be out this year, making it come out in 2014. That will make it 8 years old. PS3 games will probably still come out for another 2 years, thus making it last 10 years. They only just stopped making PS2s about a week ago.
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    prince_david , January 17, 2013 6:38 PM
    belardoAvus.... it will. Geez, SONY was selling the PS2 until 1-2 years ago for $100. So yeah, the PS3 will be on the shelves for another 2-3 years after the PS4 is released.There is too much of a library and developers support for the PS3 to simply kill it off. They will easily surpass 100m units before the console is retired.

    crazily enough they only stopped PS2 production a week ago.
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    dimar , January 17, 2013 6:42 PM
    If PS4 will be unable to play the content that I've purchased on PSN, then Sony is out of my gaming life!
    Also I hope it's going to be very quiet during blu-ray playback. My PS3 slim is noisier than the older model.
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    wanderer11 , January 17, 2013 6:55 PM
    AvusI thought Sony said their PS3 are going to last minimum 10 years...

    It will. The ps2 just got discontinued. Just because a ps4 comes out doesn't mean they will stop making and selling the ps3.
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    Branden , January 17, 2013 7:00 PM
    AvusI thought Sony said their PS3 are going to last minimum 10 years...

    the PS2 was sold and supported from 2000 to 2012 (a 12 year span), it did not just disappear when the PS3 arrived in 2006. and the same will go for the PS3 - it'll be around and sold and supported until at least 2016, it won't get discontinued the moment the PS4 arrives (that's an xbox move).
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    dark_lord69 , January 17, 2013 7:05 PM
    g00fysmileythey also said my delux ps3 could run linux and functioned to play ps2 games... that didn't last long either as they took away the ability with non optional fireware updates (well optional to a point but suddenly my solution was buy a new ps3 and dont' update the old one to use any otehr function on the ps3 and use the ps online community), i am done with sony, the ps3 was my last sony purchase ever


    Mine still plays PS2 games but you have to have one of the original consoles with hardware ability instead of software. Got mine about a week after release cause I was on a reserve list (didn't have to wait in line or pay a million dollars on eBay). It's a 60GB premium console and yes I paid the $600 kings randsom. But my PS2 was broken and I didn't want to buy a PS2 when the PS3 was being released. If you were a person that got a console that had PS2 support that was software emulated then no, you can't play PS2 games anymore... but I can.
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    loops , January 17, 2013 7:27 PM
    I wounder if there is a catch 22 in all this milking of geriatric hardware.
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    kinggremlin , January 17, 2013 8:33 PM
    dimarIf PS4 will be unable to play the content that I've purchased on PSN, then Sony is out of my gaming life!Also I hope it's going to be very quiet during blu-ray playback. My PS3 slim is noisier than the older model.


    Why? Will your PS3 instantly explode if you buy a PS4?
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    joscasle , January 17, 2013 8:41 PM
    Hope the price will be less than $500. The $600 price was becaeuse the blu-ray player was so expensive at the time of the release
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    Antimatter79 , January 17, 2013 8:59 PM
    Man, the PS2 was the height of my console gaming, and IMO, the height of Sony's Console success from a standpoint of quality games. I still have a few games I intend to beat and check off my list (spreadsheet, actually) and I hope they can bring back the magic with the PS4. I'd like to have an excuse to buy another console for myself. Although I love my PC first and foremost, it would be nice to play a few of the console exclusives. The PS3 was such a huge let down and a fraud to me, b/c of all the hype about 1080p and HD gaming, and most of the games barely do 720p and even fewer are native HD. Stay true to your word this time, Sony.
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    techy74 , January 17, 2013 9:31 PM
    I look forward to see what significant changes Sony can make to the next console. What media will we get? CD, DVD, Blu Ray what next?
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    alidan , January 17, 2013 9:47 PM
    AvusI thought Sony said their PS3 are going to last minimum 10 years...


    um... the ps2 lasted 10 years, at least.
    just because it has a 10 year lifespan, doesn't mean its the only hardware for those 10 years.

    joscasleHope the price will be less than $500. The $600 price was becaeuse the blu-ray player was so expensive at the time of the release


    it was also partially because of the 1 billion they sunk into the cell.

    but they put a 900-1000+ hardware into a 600$ package... not bad...

    im hopeing they do it again, but at a 500$ max price range.

    that allows them a decent cpu for 100$
    a mid range to high end gpu for 3-400$
    ram motherboard drices ect for another 100$
    and 120-250gb of ssd space for 100-200$

    and before you think they wouldnt.
    think of load times.
    they would mop the floor with the 360
    so much so that it could be a massive selling point.

    they could also just go a ram drive, where games load onto ram instead of going ssd.

    the game loads what you are most likely to start with first, while the game is at the opening scene, and after that, till you shut the system off, no load times what so ever.
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    tului , January 17, 2013 10:43 PM
    AvusI thought Sony said their PS3 are going to last minimum 10 years...

    Lots of poor people want a PS3, they'll keep buying it after the PS4 is out.
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    alidan , January 17, 2013 11:04 PM
    tuluiLots of poor people want a PS3, they'll keep buying it after the PS4 is out.


    not even really poor.
    how big of a back catalogue does the ps3 have
    not only that, what exclusices?
    also, if you want a blu ray player so you have physical media and can take advantage of used sales, cop about 100$ off the price of the ps3 as a normal bluray player costs that much.
    the most bare bones ps3 you can get now is 300$, 150 used, and probably cheaper ebay.
    hell i would buy a ps2 again if the thing had an hdmi out and didnt use memory cards for saves.

    graphics, to me, are good enough this generation.
    sure get me a higher resolution, and better animations, but bare bones graphics, i dont care if they get better or not. it wont stop me from enjoying great games.

    so again, its not just poor people who would get a ps3 once the ps4 comes out.
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    alidan , January 17, 2013 11:05 PM
    alidannot even really poor.how big of a back catalogue does the ps3 havenot only that, what exclusices?also, if you want a blu ray player so you have physical media and can take advantage of used sales, cop about 100$ off the price of the ps3 as a normal bluray player costs that much. the most bare bones ps3 you can get now is 300$, 150 used, and probably cheaper ebay.hell i would buy a ps2 again if the thing had an hdmi out and didnt use memory cards for saves. graphics, to me, are good enough this generation. sure get me a higher resolution, and better animations, but bare bones graphics, i dont care if they get better or not. it wont stop me from enjoying great games. so again, its not just poor people who would get a ps3 once the ps4 comes out.


    correction, most bare bones is 40$ used.
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