Sony unveiled its latest gaming console to the world yesterday, but instead of showing off the newest piece of hardware, the company only introduced fans to the new DualShock 4 controller. The console itself was absent, as was a new PS Eye and Move controller. The reason for Sony omitting the most important aspect of the announcement? It is not ready yet.
SCEA president Jack Tretton confirmed that the console’s details are “still in development in terms of final specs and design.”
Since the console is not quite ready and Sony only presented the controller, how final is the controller’s design?
“It’s near final. We just need to make a few small tweaks,” Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida told Engadget.
Asked when the first models will be available for closer inspection, he simply said “By E3, I think”, which is in June. “I was just asking our PR team (if we) can just let you touch this stuff. Our hardware guys don’t want you to find out some detail(s)”.
Yoshida also urged developers to test their new software on the PS Vita first, as the PS4 will make use of a new Remote Play function that will allow game to play any PS4 game on the Vita through streaming.
“Some PS Vita games make use of the edge of the screen to add contextual buttons – that works really well, I think, and it is easy to see. So that kind of thing I’d like to see developers do on PS Vita over Remote Play,” he said.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor