With only a few hours to let the realization that the next-gen, at least for Sony, might be upon us sooner than we think, many are already speculating about just how soon that transition might be. With only an announcement trailer to go on, and a media and investor event scheduled for February 20th, there isn’t much, but signs seem to suggest Sony is gearing up for something big.

The widely held belief, at least at this point, is that Sony is gearing up to unveil their next-gen console: the PS4…the Orbis…whatever you want to call it. The choice of “See the Future” as the key phrase in the trailer further substantiates those beliefs, and at the same time should make gamers eager with anticipation.

To help push that excitement even further, the Wall Street Journal have published a report that claims not only will Sony unveil their next-gen console on the 20th, but they will have the device ready to ship by the end of this year. Their sources say that, contrary to comments from Kaz Hirai, they will not let Microsoft make the first move, but will actually beat them to the punch.

It’s been a really complicated past year as Sony has flip-flopped from next-gen position to next-gen position. At first we thought they were going to wait until, at the earliest, 2014 to unveil their console, but then came news that an announcement would be made at E3 2013.

Then the aforementioned quote from Hirai further complicated matters as it seemed like Sony was going to let Microsoft get yet another head start in the console war, and would respond accordingly. Now it appears that all has changed, and Sony will be the first out the door, at least with the unveiling of a new console.

It’s important to note, though, for as much as we’d like to believe the Wall Street Journal’s source, nothing has been confirmed. It’s very likely Sony will have something to show that is next-gen, but there’s no guarantee a new console will launch this year.

Still, it’s a pretty exciting time, but we’re holding our full celebration (or conversely, disappointment) for the 20th.

Do you think Sony will announce the PS4 this month, and launch the console by the year’s end? What would you like to see as part of the Feb. 20th event?

Source: Wall Street Journal

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