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Sony Teases PlayStation 4 Announcement? Wall Street Journal Says Yes

Earlier today, Sony teased an announcement about their PlayStation division in a video that will take place on February 20th. Once you finish watching the video up top, the first thing that comes to mind is that the company plans on unveiling the successor to the PlayStation 3. Obviously there is no definite proof from just watching the clip that this will be the announcement, but you have to ask yourself, what else could Sony be teasing at this point?

However, the Wall Street Journal is reporting, and they’re putting some of their credibility on the line, that Sony is indeed on the verge of announcing the PlayStation 4, on February 20, during a press conference.

Various press members who have been invited to this Feb. 20 announcement, have reported that the slogan of the event is “see the future,” which indicates that whatever Sony’s overall intention is, it has to be a piece of hardware. And considering their portable system, the PS Vita, came out last year, you have to have confidence that this can be nothing but a brand new home console.

Going back to the Wall Street Journal’s report, this next console will completely ditch the Cell Processor that Sony invested so much into seven years ago for the PlayStation 3. As well as relinquishing Nvidia as their graphics chip provider. Instead, Sony will solely rely on AMD‘s chip — which should bring the cost of the system down, something that Sony probably wish they did with the PlayStation 3, which cost upwards of $600 when it was first released in 2006.

A few years ago, Sony did hint that they wouldn’t be investing as much as they did with the PlayStation 3, for the successor. The Wall Street Journal’s description does go hand-in-hand with the suggestion that Sony has been making for the last few years.

This teaser was a complete surprise and caught us off track. In a week it’s been filled with layoffs, studio closures, and release dates for highly anticipated games being delayed. This announcement just made us all forget that. The video game industry needed a jumpstart, and this pre-announcement just give it a little jolt.

The move was somewhat a brilliant one on Sony’s part. Pretty much the news for the next 20 days in this trade, will be dominated by the predictions of what Sony has in store for us. And it will be keeping Nintendo and Microsoft, unless they want to join in the fun too, in the shadows for awhile.

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