Sony teaches us how to unveil a console without actually showing it

Sony’s huge, hyped-up PS4 event in New York City concluded Wednesday evening after two hours of dazzling gameplay, awesome features and a sleek new touchpad controller.

But we didn’t see the actual console. We didn’t hear a price. And we didn’t learn about a release date.

Xbox’s Larry Hryb, a.k.a. Major Nelson, put it nicely:

And here’s this from The Verge’s Tom Warren:

So yes, there’s a PS4 coming to the world this holiday season and we learned plenty about it today. It will have an X86 processor, PC-style GPU and 8GB of high-speed memory. There is a huge social push with the new PS4, where players can watch each other playing online, easily share gameplay videos and have the console learn the likes and dislikes of each player that will eventually trigger automatic game downloads.

There’s also heavy integration with the handheld PlayStation Vita similar to Nintendo’s Wii U, where players can transfer games from the PS4 to the Vita. And there are plenty of cool titles coming to the console, including Bungie’s new game Destiny.

But we’ll continue wondering what the PS4 looks like, how much we’ll be shelling out for it and when we can actually play it.

I’m excited to see what Microsoft does at its event for the next-gen console. Here’s hoping we can actually see it.

Previously on GeekWire: Bungie’s ‘Destiny’ coming to PS4 with exclusive content

  • Guest

    “I like this console. The board likes this console” – Kaz

  • SilverSee

    I just hope that between them, the next Xbox and the PS4 can preserve and extend console gameplay and provide developers a business model that allows for them to continue to make intensely immersive, story-driven campaigns. Free-to-play multiplayer has all but taken over the PC, while mobile is saturated with simplistic, casual games. While those games can be fun, the consoles are the best hope for those of us who believe that videogames can equal or surpass the story-telling ability of film.

    • guest

      They hope so too. But it seems exceedingly unlikely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondouglasfarris Jason Farris

    I thought it was interesting that they announced a console that is a PC under the hood, integrated all the features the Xbox360 **launched with** seven years ago, wrapped up in a UI that looks like a Windows Media Center homebrew.

    If you can’t beat ‘em, join em right?

  • Praetor

    Lol on the haters..just saying, you won’t find me at the xbox press release and you know why? bcuz, I don’t care, don’t own one, don’t want one. However, I can’t wait for the PS4. Matter of fact, I may also splurge on a Sony 4K projector or a HMZ T2.