One aspect of Sony’s PS4 press conference that left many puzzled was the fact that the company did not show the form factor of the console. Microsoft took the opportunity to take a jab at the company over this fact.
Sony blew the lid on the hardware specs of the PS4, even detailing the Blu-ray drive, CPU and GPU components in a separate press release after the event. However, the company did now show what the PS4 will look like, but only provided a glimpse of the stereo Move camera and the new Dualshock 4 controller.
As Gamezone reported, Microsoft’s Major Nelson apparently wasn’t all that impressed with Sony’s showing as he tweeted a message, keeping it classy Microsoft-style. It looks like some folks fired back at Major Nelson asking where the Xbox 720 announcement was.
Kotaku asked Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios about the the lack of PS4 hardware at the event. Yoshida jokingly responded with a question of his own, “Why do you care?”
Personally, I really don’t care as much as to what the PS4 will look like than finding out what’s under the hood and the games that will be available during launch. On the flip side I can definitely see the excitement that comes with how cool the hardware will look like.
Yoshida also revealed that it was discussed internally as to what should be shown and talked about and that was the decision that was made.
As far as the DualShock 4 is concerned we wanted to do the live demo. And we were like, yeah, we have to show the controller, because it’s awkward not to show the controller when someone is doing a demo. And also the feature that the DualShock 4 has, the share button, is a very key idea behind the design of the PS4..
Blizzard is already set to show off Diablo III running off the PS3 at PAX next month and Sony apparently has some big plans at E3. I think this is probably the best approach as Sony will have to still go up against Microsoft’s Xbox 720 announcement, and keeping a few cards close to the chest will probably keep the media circus going up to E3.