Even Sony Doesn’t Know Yet What The PS4 Will Look Like

Even Sony Doesn’t Know Yet What The PS4 Will Look Like

Thought it was odd that Sony didn’t show off the PS4 at… a PS4 reveal? Well, you’re not alone! It was odd. But it was also understandable, seeing as how, you know, Sony doesn’t know what the final retail machine will look like, either.

In an interview after this week’s unveiling, Hiroshi Kawano, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, was asked by 4Gamer about the PS4’s design. “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.”

That doesn’t mean Kawano and other Sony brass have no clue what the PS4 will look like. Certainly, they’ve seen prototypes and mock-ups — just as they have for the hardware they revealed at this week’s event.

About the PS4 controller, which was shown at the PS4 announcement, Kawano explains, “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.”

Add Kawano’s comments to Sony Computer of America boss Jack Tretton’s remarks that the “mass-production box” was “still in development in terms of final specs and design”, and, yes, you can see why Sony didn’t wheel out the PS4.

It wasn’t just because, as PlayStation’s Shuhei Yoshida told Kotaku, Sony wants there to be something for you to look forward to. It’s because Sony still doesn’t know what the final machine will look like.

PS4は「つながり」の中心に。SCEJプレジデント 河野 弘氏インタビュー [4Gamer]


  • It’s because Sony still doesn’t know what the final machine will look like.

    I’m pretty sure they have a fair idea.

  • I really have to question at this point what the goal was for Sony announcing the PS4 this early. We all knew it was coming, so what was the point of showing off an unfinished system? All they’ve done is show us a controller and some upcoming games. It makes it look like they’re rushing it through to try to get ahead of Nintendo and Microsoft, rather than showing a polished and completed product later in the year.

    • I could be wrong, but didn’t Nintendo do the same thing? Not show the console when it was announced?

      But also, rushing what exactly? Nintendo’s Wii U is already out and both the PS4\720 is expected out this year which was rumours a long time ago. It sounds like nothing is rushed but they are merely creating hype which has been a massive success.

        • When it was first announced?

          Someone on the internet I converse with (so it must be true) was adamant in saying they did the same thing. I don’t remember anything about the Wii U so I can’t comment.

          • The Wii was revealed as the “Revolution” at E3 in 2005, and they showed the console but not the controller. The Wii U was revealed in 2011 and they showed off both the controller and the console, but much more focus was placed on the controller.

    • I think they have been ready for sometime now. I saw a interview with Mark Cerny from 2010 where he carefully evades answering, what he’s doing for Sony.

    • Their 6 yearly cycle was up 2011 [ps3 announcement 2005], supporting PS3 wasn’t a walk in the park. If you ask me I think they were waiting for confirmed intel on the next xbox. That’s why Kaz had to bluff when interviewed about it.

  • Or maybe, just maybe, Sony planned all along to show the PS4 at E3 so they gave the design team a few extra months to play with the final design?

    But you know, that doesn’t get as much clicks as far as page hits.

  • I vote for a triangle shaped console to symbolize the 4

    Then you can buy two and connect them together and make a square and something wild happens.

  • While I was a little disappointed that they didn’t show even a concept of the PS4, I understand why. I’m happy to wait until they’ve finished finalizing and making the design. I just hope this time it won’t look like a George Foreman Grill (anyone remember those?) or any other type of kitchen appliance.

  • I’m going to wait a few months after is released. Because them not showing the product kinda concerns me. Like the playstations before the new ones had lots of little tweeking to be done so I will wait till I know most of the tweeking is done. So I will not have to send another ps back do to manufactur problems.

  • I hope they go for worldwide release. Cause they didn’t really have much to show for Japan. Please don’t do a 3 month delay like the Vita for Australia.

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