Are you ready for the next-generation video game console wars to heat up? Sony is all set to unveil the long-rumored follow-up to the PlayStation 3 today starting at 6pm Eastern, and we'll be there liveblogging and covering it from all angles, of course. Before things get going, though, we thought it would be worthwhile to look at what the rumor mill has been saying about Sony's next system, and we'll offer some analysis of what's likely to be revealed today—and what's likely to stay secret for a little while longer.
Price and release date
Price and release date are the biggest unknowns, and they're least likely to be discussed publicly today. Sony didn't reveal the details of the PlayStation 3's launch until the May 2006 E3 show. The Xbox 360 wasn't priced until August 2005, and the international release dates weren't confirmed until that September. The release date and price for the Wii and Wii U were both closely guarded secrets until press events less than two months before their November releases. February is just too early to expect confirmation.
So we're left with rumors. The system is widely expected to be available worldwide this holiday season, but Edge is reporting that distribution concerns might push that back to early 2014 for Europe. Price is hard to gauge without knowing just what kind of hardware the system will be packing, but it's a pretty safe bet that Sony will do what it can to avoid the "FIVE HUNDRED AND NINETY NINE US DOLLARS"-style mockery it received last time around.