It seems that Sony might be ready to talk about its new PlayStation-branded home consoles in the coming weeks, with one executive of the company saying that an official announcement might even be made before E3 2013.
Hiroshi Sakamoto, a Sony leader, tells El Mercurio Online, as quoted by CVG, that, “It’s still a big secret, but our Sony PlayStation friends are getting ready. I only can say that we’re focused on the games related E3 event, booked for June. The announcement can take place there or even before, in May.”
We only known that the next-generation home console, known by the public as the PlayStation 4 and codenamed Orbis, is supposed to be unveiled during 2013.
Some analysts believe that the device will also be launched during this year, while others say that Sony will need time to get the production of the console up and will make it available to players in early 2014.
Rumors suggest that the next-generation hardware will include a significant upgrade in terms of processing power and will also feature better integration of motion tracking and more options when it comes to other entertainment services.
A patent has also emerged, registered by Sony, which suggests that the company will use Near Field Communication in order to eliminate the used game market and make sure that all players buy new copies of their favorite titles.
Recently, Sony also announced that it was halting worldwide production of the old PS2, which might mean that those production facilities are being allotted to the PlayStation 4.
Microsoft is also refusing to go on record about its next generation of home devices, but rumors once again suggest that an official reveal will happen around E3 2013 and that an official launch will take place during the fall of this year.