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PlayStation 4 revealed: Watch the full presentation here

PlayStation 4 revealed: Watch the full presentation here

Tue 19 Feb 2013 9:57pm GMT / 4:57pm EST / 1:57pm PST
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The entire industry is waiting for Sony's big PlayStation 4 reveal tomorrow. Rumors have been flying about what Sony will be planning exactly with its next-gen console, both from a features standpoint and business model perspective, and GamesIndustry International will be on scene in New York to bring you the full story.

Not only that, but we're also pleased to present you with direct access to the event via a live stream (see below), which kicks off at 5:30 PM Eastern Time, 22:30 GMT, 23:30 CET; the event itself officially begins at 6PM, 23:00 GMT, 24:00 CET.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the live event followed by much more Sony coverage.

49 Comments

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

868 1,273 1.5
I can't wait for this announcement and I'm so glad it's happening in the early evening. Otherwise I might have taken off of work to see this live.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Dan Howdle
Head of Content

277 797 2.9
This is my normal wake-up time (5am), which means I'm normally in bed long before this is happening. But yeah, I'll be staying up for it. I'm so rock and roll.

Exciting times. Next gen is finally here.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Melissa Gumbs
Marketing

5 13 2.6
I've got to stay awake a bit longer here in The Netherlands to catch this, but as Dan said, I will definitely extend my bedtime for this. Exciting times indeed.

Posted:A year ago

#3
Popular Comment
I hope Sony have at least one genuine surprise/improvement that we haven't seen before, and I want to see at least one "real" next-gen title - because I'm still waiting to see one. And best of luck Sony, I hope you can stick around and at least keep MS honest.

As for "Next Gen is finally here" ... its been at my house for a couple of months now! :)

Posted:A year ago

#4

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,136 914 0.8
All I can say is that this will be interesting, though I'm not completely sure what to expect this time.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Abdelaziz

1 0 0.0
I am living in a GMT+4 time region so at which time should i check the stream ?

Posted:A year ago

#6
3am GMT

Posted:A year ago

#7

Nick Parker
Consultant

279 143 0.5
Popular Comment
It's great that we expect the Sony brand to change our lives just as the Walkman and the PlayStation did and despite the recent lack of market leadership in content where it should have dominated (music and movies), but I am a little sceptical about how high Sony will lift its skirt this evening. I'd like to be wrong and say "wow" in such a loud voice as to wake up the family but I have a feeling we may just get a name, a form factor, some of the spec/services and wait for a little more at E3 and the rest in the fall. Prove me wrong Sony!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Nick Parker on 20th February 2013 11:19am

Posted:A year ago

#8

James Prendergast
Research Chemist

730 411 0.6
I'd love for them to announce that they're merging the PS brands into one console. Combining the Vita/PSP and console PS versions.

I.e. You have a portable console like the vita that is then linked up wirelessly to the TV for play with other controllers and/or portable consoles linking up to the main TV-connected console wirelessly as well.

Not because that's what I want in a console necesarily (not that it would be bad) but because of the shock factor. The sort of promise that a lot of people presumed the WiiU was going to hold when they showed off the controller initially. Sometimes it's just great to see the press and fanboys (on all sides) foam at the mouth! ;)

Posted:A year ago

#9

Daniel Hughes
Studying PhD Literary Modernism

436 496 1.1
@ Nicholas, I'd expect Sony to stagger details between here and E3, but the amount of noise they're making about this event suggests they're going to go for something attention grabbing, so major software may be teased or have trailers. Perhaps they'll go with concept trailers and displays for this event, with the real software coming at E3.

As it is, I'm not hugely enthused as a consumer about a new PlayStation. It'll take a lot to convince me to buy any of the new consoles, I might jump in on Wii U late this summer and PS4 or the new Xbox next summer, but unless there's something Earth-shatteringly good I won't be lining up at launch. All that being said, from the viewpoint of somebody massively interested in games, the announcement of a new PlayStation is an exciting development to follow, even if it's not necessarily going to cause me to open my wallet. Maybe Sony can prove me wrong, though! Time will tell.

Posted:A year ago

#10

Peter Dwyer
Games Designer/Developer

481 290 0.6
@Michael

What the hell is Post-CEO!

Posted:A year ago

#11

Andy Samson
QA Supervisor

225 170 0.8
Riiidge Racer and Giant enemy crabs!

Posted:A year ago

#12
Show me to the pre-order button!

Also @Matt Martin, just to be pedantic, 23:00 GMT is not 3am GMT in GMT+4 regions. ;)

Posted:A year ago

#13

Kevin Danaher
Associate Producer

45 62 1.4
Popular Comment
In the spirit of making life easy for people:

Seattle (U.S.A. - Washington) Wednesday 20th at 3:00:00 PM
Chicago (U.S.A. - Illinois) Wednesday 20th at 5:00:00 PM
New York (U.S.A. - New York) Wednesday 20th at 6:00:00 PM
Buenos Aires (Argentina) Wednesday 20th at 8:00:00 PM
London (United Kingdom - England) Wednesday 20th at 11:00:00 PM
Milan (Italy) Midnight between Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st
Helsinki (Finland) Thursday 21st at 1:00:00 AM
Baghdad (Iraq) Thursday 21st at 2:00:00 AM
Moscow (Russia) Thursday 21st at 3:00:00 AM
Dubai (United Arab Emirates - Dubai) Thursday 21st at 3:00:00 AM
Islamabad (Pakistan) Thursday 21st at 4:00:00 AM
Delhi (India - Delhi) Thursday 21st at 4:30:00 AM
Shanghai (China) Thursday 21st at 7:00:00 AM
Perth (Australia - Western Australia) Thursday 21st at 7:00:00 AM
Brisbane (Australia - Queensland) Thursday 21st at 9:00:00 AM

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Kevin Danaher on 20th February 2013 5:38pm

Posted:A year ago

#14

Ian Brown
IT Developer / IT Infrastructure

107 26 0.2
I'm so excited regardless of it being a Sony or Microsoft product, finally the next generation is to be shown (I don't personally class the Nintendo offering as next gen as it to me seems more of what the Wii should have been years ago, as it barely surpasses the current aging hardware out there).

I know I'm going to be disappointed with it as I've been waiting for so long for new hardware that it's unlikely to blow me away unless its nothing short of DX11 quality visuals and some novel innovations using the Vita (still waiting for remote play on this) etc..

Common Sony prove me wrong.

Posted:A year ago

#15
@Peter: Good question ;). I couldn't easily change my profile on GamesIndustry to say what I'm doing now (and its not games related anyway), but saying I'm still running Nocturnal as my "main" capacity is grossly inaccurate. So "post" CEO it is.

@Ian: In my eyes the WiiU is *easily* next-gen. Its doing things that no one has ever done before, and definitely not in a single package. If I cared solely about gfx or CPU specs, I would have dumped consoles years ago.

Posted:A year ago

#16

Patrick Frost
QA Project Monitor

387 180 0.5
Surprisingly few rumours... shocking indeed.

Posted:A year ago

#17

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,010 1,402 1.4
@ Ian If your only standard for next gen is top of the line graphics, I hate to break it to you but there is no such thing in a console. PCs will always be far more powerful on every level.

Posted:A year ago

#18

Andy Samson
QA Supervisor

225 170 0.8
@ Ian
Just look at what Criterion has done on NFS: MW. Just look at the improved draw distance, texture detail, lighting effects. That's not just because Nintendo's system has more RAM, the Wii U's architecture is next gen. There's still a lot of things Nintendo's not showing, but Ubisoft may have already shown us a very early glimpse with Watch_Dogs. The leaked Miiverse info also indicated there is a Metal Gear Game, it could be an enhanced version of Platinum's MGR: Revengeance, or Kojima's Ground Zeroes or Phantom Pain.

Posted:A year ago

#19

Roland Austinat
roland austinat media productions|consulting

120 59 0.5
@Nicholas, I'm with you. I remember the "target videos" of the PS3 Killzone shown at E3 to this day. Man, that was an atmosphere in the hall - nobody even questioned whether these were real or not. Today, Sony isn't getting away with something like that that easily.

They do have to show something substantial, however. Remember that they sold their NY HQ building to get short-term funds - Sony is in not the best spot right now.

Imagine something like: global launch, $349.99 starting price, launching June 1st. Yeah. But imagine.

Posted:A year ago

#20

Yiannis Koumoutzelis
Founder & Creative Director

358 187 0.5
are you ready for this?

Posted:A year ago

#21

Richard Yaxley
Design / Music / QA

12 9 0.8
Knock Knock?!?!

Posted:A year ago

#22

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,136 914 0.8
I knew the stream would be a farce, I called it.

Posted:A year ago

#23

Yiannis Koumoutzelis
Founder & Creative Director

358 187 0.5
anyone mind blown yet?
(felt at some point as i was watching the wiiU presentation all over again)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Yiannis Koumoutzelis on 20th February 2013 11:46pm

Posted:A year ago

#24

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,136 914 0.8
No.

I have a feeling it will take a special game, console design or even price to give me a little surprise. All the other details we've been prepared for, sadly. Few industry secrets nowadays!

Posted:A year ago

#25

Ashlyn Sparrow
Game Designer & LEarning Design Specialist

4 6 1.5
Popular Comment
Is it wrong for me to be slightly disappointed that I didn't see at least one woman on stage?

Posted:A year ago

#26

Andrew Jakobs
Lead Programmer

223 83 0.4
a long show and not showing the console itself, what a waste of time IMHO.. Yes it looks to be a great and powerfull console..

but one smart thing they hadn't done is give the exact specs, which means they still can tweak it...

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Andrew Jakobs on 21st February 2013 1:12am

Posted:A year ago

#27

Andy Samson
QA Supervisor

225 170 0.8
All that power is nice but I didn't see one game that would make me want to buy the system. It just made me think development costs will double just to make games look that good. No real surprises, that Blizzard announcement was underwhelming. Don't understand why they placed Destiny at the end, makes no sense since it's not even an exclusive.

Posted:A year ago

#28

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,136 914 0.8
Bah, disappointed. Leaks don't help at all in the modern day but I hoped for a few surprises. The console is out so soon, I wonder what it really means for PS3 now. As for Vita, well, the show wasn't the saviour harsh press critics said it had to be. Maybe in May they have more to show on both platforms, including a console design for PS4 and a price ready for Christmas.

Overall met my expectations but not my hopes :p

@Ashlyn

Whilst gender shouldn't be the most important thing ever, I see where you're coming from. But I'm guessing the lack of women wasn't intentional. They would likely be more mindful for a bigger show, wanting to be representative, but I may be wrong...


~AC

Posted:A year ago

#29

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,132 1,039 0.5
@Ashlyn - Oh, if you were there, you;d see (and know) SCEA has a LOT of women working for the company. I couldn't get in (my supposed PR "contact" somehow didn't bother to even add me to the list and NO one at SCEA responded to my requests, so screw him and them), but before I got disrespected at the front (never in 15 years have I NOT been let into an event) I saw plenty of women with Sony badges zipping around doing official stuff. Don't let a video trick your brain into some sort of negative vibe, now... (that would be my real-life job these days, lol)...

Posted:A year ago

#30

Doug Paras

117 61 0.5
Was pretty underwelming imo, nothing I saw made me really exceited to pay $4-450 for the console.

Posted:A year ago

#31

Matt Ernst
Studying Culinary Arts

24 20 0.8
This was awful. Way too much focus on the Social Media features. I want a gaming system, not a Facebook machine. I have Macs for that.

Posted:A year ago

#32

Yiannis Koumoutzelis
Founder & Creative Director

358 187 0.5
apart from the controller i didn't know any other details, and i was stil a bit disappointed. simply because most of what was announced is already available elsewhere. from windows8 features to wiiU. i didn't see any originality there yet again. the good thing is that theconsole is supposed to be very dev friendly. i wish there was someone else to confirm that other than just square enix praising sony. i feel more negative about sony after this presentation. felt like, they failed to deliver what is necessary to revive the high end console business. and only microsoft is left now to save the day! wiiU so far is the more diverse and original next gen offering.

Posted:A year ago

#33

Klaus Preisinger
Freelance Writing

1,034 912 0.9
Brand Name: Playstation
Platform: PC
Eco-System: Custom operating system, featuring random social media tie-ins and a proprietary store.


Reasons why Sony can call this a product:

PC manufacturers do not yet create nice bundles in that price range
Some developers do not release on PC
Some developers get paid to be exclusive, or are owned by Sony


Beyond a more established brand name and the loyalty of a few Japanese developers, there isn't much to separate the new Playstation from any old PC.

Posted:A year ago

#34

Melissa Gumbs
Marketing

5 13 2.6
@Ashlyn, you're not wrong. I said the same thing aloud about an hour or so into it.

Posted:A year ago

#35

Kevin Danaher
Associate Producer

45 62 1.4
There may not have been any women front and centre from Sony but from Eurogamer Ellie Gibson had me cracking up all night. She was far more entertaining than Sony were anyway.

Posted:A year ago

#36

Andrea Wästlund
Student

7 19 2.7
@ Ashlyn Not at all. I'm also disappointed and upset that in 2013 there isn't even one female developer in the world who is deemed important enough to be on stage - not next to it - for a console reveal.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Andrea Wästlund on 21st February 2013 10:41am

Posted:A year ago

#37

Kayleigh McDougall
Studying BA(Hons) Game Design and Production Management

21 1 0.0
It lagged too much for me last night and crashed :(

Posted:A year ago

#38

Scott Davis
Product Analyst

15 8 0.5
I can't believe all the negative comments on this website, kotaku, joystiq etc about the presentation! How can you guys be disappointed? I wasn't expecting a full blown keynote, that's what E3 is for...but they stood up there for 2 hours and gave out much more information about the system than they should have knowing full well Microsoft have til June to tailor their reveal off of the back of this.

Normally with these kind of pre-E3-reveals they'd show a plastic mockup of the console, a sizzle reel of some upcoming games and a bit of third party endorsement and leave the rest of the info (specs, OS features, demos) for the big keynotes.

We got game announcements, full console specs, full controller specs, a detailed run through of the OS feature-set, plenty of third party endorsement including a third party realtime demo and more.

All questions we had leading up to this event got answered (besides price and what the thing would look like - I'll take a guess, black and rectangular)!

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Scott Davis on 21st February 2013 1:06pm

Posted:A year ago

#39

Jonathan McEnroe
Freelance 2D artist

47 20 0.4
Couldn't agree more, Scott. It sounds like Sony have delivered a machine that the development community wanted and still some folk are not impressed. Their breakdown of the network features and the game demos gave us a glimpse at what is possible on the machine, leaving a ton of things for E3 2013. Guess it was the same with the Vita, it has the hardware and functionality that the original PSP was missing and not many people are interested anymore. If the PS4 is around £300-350 and can push graphics that a £1200 PC can handle then they should be in a good place.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Jonathan McEnroe on 21st February 2013 1:59pm

Posted:A year ago

#40
I don't understand the negativity either. I want it! Seems like a great machine and it looks like they fixed the controller, which has always been the main reason I didn't use my PS3 a lot apart from watching movies and playing the great first party titles.

However, as someone who has a hint of ginger - when I've been in the sun for a long time - I was super disappointed that there weren't any gingers on stage. Like there aren't any important gingers!

...

Posted:A year ago

#41

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,136 914 0.8
I don't think the issue was that the presentation didn't give suitable or good information. I think people are probably disappointed because just about everything was leaked months if not years ago and there were no real surprises to speak of. Yeah, we know its a PC in a box with Sony's services and branding.

Not entirely Sony's fault but then again for the hyperbole from their marketing team, they really just told us what the Internet knew and showed very early footage, much of what we've seen too in terms of the tech demos anyway.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Adam Campbell on 21st February 2013 2:34pm

Posted:A year ago

#42

Lewis Brown
Snr Sourcer/Recruiter

194 54 0.3
Im not sure why everyone is so disappointed, what were you expecting? All I want from my console is an easily accesible experience for my lounge. They seems to have addressed all the things which annoy me like download times and the increased Media functions and social connectivity is all welcome. I don't have a PS3 currenlty I'm on 360 but this was appealing to possibly pull down the sony stream if the new xbox is underwhelming.

Posted:A year ago

#43

Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,269 941 0.7
@Ashlyn - why is it relavant that a female take stage? its like saying why wasnt there a black person or a philipino dude on stage? I dont think that the gender, ethnicity or color of the person was relevant to anything they were saying. I have very good opinions about the presentations, all of them in fact. SONY hit the right notes. And I would have been just as happy wether it was a man or woman giving the presentation.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 21st February 2013 4:24pm

Posted:A year ago

#44

Ashlyn Sparrow
Game Designer & LEarning Design Specialist

4 6 1.5
@Rick - You are right. gender, ethnicity, or skin color isn't relevant to anything they were saying. I enjoyed Sony's press conference, and honestly it doesn't matter if it was a man or a woman giving the presentation because the information about the PS4 would have been the same. I don't think Sony was being sexist, or anything like that. I honestly think people throw that word around without knowing its true definition, kind of like "racism".

Its relevant that a woman takes the stage in more of a social context: "the game industry is not the same 'boys only club' that it was in the 80s. Its an all inclusive place! With enough work and determination, you can make it to the top. Regardless of gender, ethnicity, or skin color." One another note, I don't want people to think that they should place a woman on stage if she isn't qualified to do the job or didn't work for what she deserved. So if there wasn't a women in one of those high powered positions to present, then so be it.

Its just that seeing a woman up there adds a bit more fuel to the fire of all women who are looking into going into the game industry, myself included. It says "all things are possible" (one reason why African-Americans were so happy when Obama became president). The lack of women on stage does not dampen our passion, of course. I would take a job at a game company in a heartbeat! (Any takers? >_<)

TL;DR: Sony probably isn't being sexist and may have just falling into an unfortunate implication, see here: [link url=""]http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/UnfortunateImplications[/link]. But seeing a well qualified woman up there would be pretty cool and inspire tons of girls looking to get into the industry.

TL:DR2: I'm still buying a PS4....

Posted:A year ago

#45

Andrea Wästlund
Student

7 19 2.7
@ Laurens

Very funny! Let me explain. It's a shame that neither Sony nor any of the ten developers from last night had any women among their ranks who could speak at the event. It shows that while equality and diversity in the games industry have come a long way there is still a lot of work to do, and this makes me sad.

Not only were there no female speakers, there was also a pretty distinct lack of women in the games and the promotional material. But we know that millions of women play games, so not including women among your presenters, in your marketing material or in your games is nothing but shooting yourself in the foot. How are you going to retain and enlarge a demographic if you ignore its existence? What can we do to make more women interested in playing and making games, eventually reaching those influential positions? I doubt that attitudes and comments like yours help, and I don't think the absence of women from the conference did either.

@ Rick
How is gender and race representation at a major industry event NOT a relevant and interesting discussion point? Don't you think it's at least a little bit fascinating that although men and women from all over the world play and develop games, we mostly saw white people, all of them men, speaking at the event last night? Don't you think it's important that we work towards getting people of all genders, races and backgrounds excited about both making and playing games? Do big events like this conference play a part in that?

While the gender or race of a presenter doesn't make me listen to them any more or less, I don't think we should be dismissing the lack of diversity among high-ranking execs as "irrelevant". I believe we need to see more of it both within studios and in games, and I believe it's an important topic to talk about. Diversity within a team makes it easier to spot tired stereotypes during production and sparks creativity. Diversity in the games attract consumers and open up the doors to bigger markets. Diversity at major events affects how the games industry is perceived, sets the bar for the rest of the industry and inspires both developers and gamers.

Posted:A year ago

#46
Thanks Andrea, but you don't have to explain. We've been over this a lot a short while ago and I've said what I have to say about the topic. (For example: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-11-27-1reasonwhy-the-night-twitter-took-on-the-industrys-sexism)

But as far as I am concerned, taking on this cheerful event to make a very unrelated point is not helpful either. I got a bit annoyed seeing it brought up again at a time we should be sharing our thoughts and excitement on a new console. This just isn't the time nor the place, but please forgive me for (not) being funny. ;)

Edited 3 times. Last edit by Laurens Bruins on 21st February 2013 9:19pm

Posted:A year ago

#47

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