PS4 Release

Why Sony Didn’t Show Off the PlayStation 4

In an industry first the PlayStation 4’s ‘reveal’ was missing one very important thing: the actual console. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment, when speaking to Polygon, explained why.

“We need something to show off later,” Yoshida commented jokingly before adding that Sony is “still trying to decide” whether to show off the system at E3 in June.

Yoshida noted that yesterday’s event was intended to reveal the philosophy of the PlayStation 4 as well as DualShock 4 controller.

“The console is just a box,” he said. “The controller was very important to show because it has the share button, but the console is just a console.”

UPDATE: Speaking to Forbes SCEA president Jack Tretton had this to say on the issue:

“You know, that’s really interesting. I’ve heard that from multiple reporters and shame on me that I didn’t see that as a big issue. They’ll see it soon enough. I’m real proud of the fact that we’re talking about [launching in] holiday 2013 and we’ve already got a lot of detail out there, and a lot of game play, in February.

“But I was so focused on the content that when I think of the console I think of what comes through the screen, not the device that it emanates from. I just think there’s a lot of natural curiosity: What’s the controller gonna look like? What’s the box gonna look like?

“We made a conscious decision that wasn’t going to be a part of the first reveal, but I would look for E3 as a time when you’ll get a good look at it. Or sooner.”

UPDATE TWO: Talking to AllThingsD Tretton added: “but we don’t have a mass-production box that we can bring out and pull out. That’s still in development in terms of final specs and design.”

UPDATE THREE: In an interview with 4Gamer Hiroshi Kawano, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, says that even Sony doesn’t know what the PS4 will look like.

“If I’m being honest, I also haven’t seen its final design. Even the controller we showed today, I saw the final design around yesterday or so” Kawano commented.

“I’ve seen numerous prototypes from when it was still codenamed ‘Jedai’, and I heard that an onboard touch pad was in the final specs,” he added.

The PlayStation 4 is currently due for release during this year’s Holiday season though neither a firm launch date or pricing are currently known.