Let's Look At What Sony's Past Console Reveals Could Say About Tomorrow's PS4 RevealS

As you might have heard, Sony's (most likely) officially announcing the next PlayStation tomorrow. This isn't the first console reveal Sony has done, though. Let's think back to those times. What information was Sony willing to part with during their very first reveals for their other big consoles? It might give us some insight into what we first details we might learn about the PS4.

Of course, Kotaku will be covering tomorrow's event. But for now, let's do some guesswork.


The PS3 Reveal (E3 2005)

The first big announcement, the unveiling of the PS3, happened at E3 2005. Let's take a look at what went on there.

Let's Look At What Sony's Past Console Reveals Could Say About Tomorrow's PS4 RevealS

What They Revealed

Specs

Lots of hard data was shown concerning the console's technical specifications—CPU, memory, networking capabilites, display output, actual physical dimensions, ports, compatibility with various media, etc. Included were explanations of the technologies involved in actually putting the graphics on the TV screen. Special attention was given to the new Nvidia GPU and the Blu-ray player. The PS3's online capabilities—the introduction of the PlayStation Network, an online service dedicated wholly to the PS3, which would be supported by every game, and other services such as personal homepages and media streaming—were also described in some detail.

Backwards Compatibility

The fact that the console would play both PS2 and PS games was revealed.

Media Center Capabilites

The PS3's ability to stream and to play HD movies was demonstrated.

Demonstrations

These made up the bulk of the presentation. The demos showed off the technical capabilities of the new console.

Trailers

A staggering amount of trailers, at that. Games from a wide variety of genres were represented, among them Final Fantasy XIII, Devil May Cry 4, Motorstorm, Killzone 2 and Heavenly Sword.

A Release Date

While they did announce a window for the PS3's release, the console's actual release was eventually delayed anyway—from 2006 spring, to 2006 fall.

Concepts

The event was capped off by a batch of concept images of the console, which included the god-awful banana controller that was ultimately abandoned in favor of the SixAxis Wireless Controller.

What They Didn't Reveal

Actual Gameplay

The closest thing would be a tech demo controlled on-stage via the EyeToy, but other than that, nothing.

The Price

The big reveal of the console's price was left to next year. Rather infamously.


The PS2 Reveal (TGS 1999)


Of course you can't draw proper conclusions from just one event. So let's have a look at what happened in 1999, at the Tokyo Game Show, where Sony first unveiled the PlayStation 2. Details get a bit more sparse at this point, seeing it's the last millennium, but there are still several points to glean:

What They Revealed

Specs

The brand new Emotion Engine chip, which powered the console, was unveiled and the console's internet capabilities were discussed—specifically online multiplayer, available in only a few choice games, via the separately available Network Adapter.

Backwards Compatibility

Sony announced that their new console would play games from the PS1. At the time, this was a brand new concept.

Media Center Capabilities

They spoke about the console's ability to play both music CDs and DVD movies.

Demonstrations / Actual Gameplay

Several PS2 titles were showcased as playable demos, among them Dark Cloud, Gran Turismo 2000, and Tekken Tag Tournament.

A Release Date

Sony advertised March 4, 2000 as the Japanese release date for the PS2, which they met successfully—however, due to manufacturing delays, store inventories were inadequate.

The Console

The hardware itself was put on display, and people could try out the new DualShock 2 controller.

Price

The actual price was revealed then and there—although in Yen only: ¥39,800.

What They Didn't Reveal

The American Price/Release Date

Neither were mentioned at the TGS. The PS2 eventually landed in North America on October 26, 2000, at a price of US$299.


The PS1 Reveal (May, 1994)


Now, there's the matter of the first PlayStation's reveal. The pre-release announcements Sony made, which seem to have been sent to the press for the official reveal, mostly concern the console's technical specs. In fact, these announcements only started popping up about half a year before the console's Japanese release, around May, 1994.

What They Revealed

Specs

The technical specs of the PS1 were described, going into details about the CPU, and the fact that there are separate chips for video and audio (a big thing at the time!) was revealed. These were accompanied by claims of photorealism and a processing power of 500 million instructions per second.

Price

Vague hints were dropped about the price, mentioning that it would be "under ¥50,000."

Release Date

They also hinted at the release date; something about the console arriving in Japan that year. It did, on December 3rd.

Games

23 games had been in development for the console's launch, and it was promised that at least 10 would hit their deadline. For the Japan launch, they managed 8—Ridge Racer among them. For the US launch almost a year later, they had 11—for example, Rayman and Air Combat.

What They Didn't Reveal

The American Price/Release Date

Once again, America was neglected. Eventually, the PlayStation launched on September 9, 1995, and it was sold for US$299.

Games

While they talked about how many games there would be, they didn't name any of them. They didn't show them off, either. No footage, no trailers, nada. But then again, it was 1994.


The PS4 Reveal (?)


Alright then, let's get down to business. What are they gonna say about the PS4 (or, if you're superstitious, the Orbis)?

What They Might Reveal

Specs

Judging by their past reveals, Sony's practically guaranteed to talk about the inner workings of the PS4. They might choose to demonstrate the console's power by running a few simulations as well.

Hardware

Something about the console itself—and the controller—will most likely be said. They might even straight up show us what the final product looks like—hell, even unveil an actual console.

Games

The PS4's launch titles might be announced, and shown off via trailers, or even demos if we're lucky.

Online Capabilities

They could talk about new PSN features, or other, entirely new online features, such as video sharing or game streaming.

Backwards Compatibility

This will probably be mentioned, if it's an included feature. Both the PS3 and the PS2 announcements talked about backwards compatibility at some length.

Media Center Capabilites

Before they move on to the games, they might talk about how the PS4 will work as a media center.

What They Might Not Reveal

A Release Date

Or they might reveal it, only for it to turn out to be wrong later. Let's admit; Sony isn't good at giving specific release dates. They'll likely aim to release in time for the holiday season, but they could very well pull a "some time this year" move, or even give a season or a month timeframe.

Price

This one's hard to tell. They might still be undecided, or they might choose not to say anything.


Of course, don't forget to take what Sony says with a grain of salt. As we've seen above, they can't always deliver on their promises, and sometimes, they even change their mind and decide to do something else entirely. So, with that in mind, while you wait, discuss your own theories below.