PS4 Announced At E3 2012? Sounds A Bit Too Soon.
PS4 will be announced at E3 2012, if rumours posted over on MCV are to be believed. They have their sources – ones they trust – and who am I to say they’re wrong? Noone, that’s who.
But it doesn’t stop me from thinking that Sony announcing PS4 at E3 would be a bit… soon. A bit unnecessary. Unless the console is shown with a release date of 2014 at the earliest, I can’t help but think it won’t be the quantum leap we all (“I”) want. Let me explain some points.
As we stand, right now, we’re on the cusp of a few technological breakthroughs and the propagation of existing newish technologies is on the tipping point where they’re going to become viable and widely used.
But right now, they’re not.
Solid State Drives (SSD) are pretty much the future of hard drives. They’re available now, but they’re expensive, with the best deals working out at about £1 per gigabyte. That’s not cheap. I would fully expect any next-gen console to take advantage of the faster, better storage available with SSD technology, but right now it’s still a bit too expensive for it to be plausible.
Then there are things like optical media – Sony is likely to stick with Blu-ray, but what about the next generation of discs? Holographic technology and suchlike? Wait a few years and they could introduce it as a new standard, as the company is wont to do. Introduce PS4 this year and it’ll be same old, same old.
There are some other things, too, that strike me as a bit odd – a bit premature – if Sony is to announce PS4 at E3 this year.
I’m not saying it won’t announce the console, and I’m not saying it would be wrong to. It just feels… too soon.
Still, it gives us an E3 2012 to really look forward to.
[image by Tai Chiem]