Sony has teased the eagerly awaited Sony PS4 release date with a company executive hinting that the upcoming console will be officially unveiled in May, weeks ahead of E3 2013.
Seemingly confirming the next-generation gamer’s imminent launch, Sony’s Vice President of Home Entertainment, Hiroshi Sakamoto has been quoted as suggesting the Nintendo Wii U rival will touch down as early as May as the Japanese gaming giant looks to beat Microsoft and the much rumoured Xbox 720 to the next-gen punch.
“It’s still a big secret, but our Sony PlayStation friends are getting ready,” Sakamoto told Chilean website Emol when asked directly if a Sony PS4 launch announcement can be expected in 2013. He added: “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.”
Asked if the PS3 manufacturer was planning a high-profile launch or simply a teaser to its upcoming games console, Sakamoto added: “Probably the first, we plan to release big news for this date, but we have to wait at least until May.”
Long the thing of much rumour and speculation, Sony PS4 rumours kicked into overdrive last year with many expecting the Japanese company to unveil its next-generation console ahead of launch around the lucrative pre-Christmas period.
With a 2012 Sony PS4 release date failing to come into fruition, many PS4 rumours have now been rolled over to 2013 with the expected Xbox 720 rival to line up with a raft of new high-profile features in tow.
Expected to retain its integrated Blu-ray player, recent PS4 rumours have hinted at an AMD processor making the cut with one tipster stating: “Other than it being an AMD CPU and GPU, we don’t have much more specific details [on the PS4 specs]. It is said to be a 28nm part, likely fabbed at Global Foundries or OBM fir the first run.”
Whilst many are expecting Sony’s PS3 follow-on to touch down with retailers before the end of the year, further reports have suggested that an ‘autumn 2014’ PS4 release date is more likely. Although claims have been made that the Sony PS4 spec will see physical disk-based games ditched in favour of a fully digital offering, these reports have been largely rubbished due to the still limited high-speed internet access in many countries.