We’ve been saying for several weeks now that this year’s Gamescom, held in Cologne, Germany as always, will be a major event for next-gen developers and console makers. As one of the final press events in the calendar year, it’s Gamescom or bust for a lot of the bigger gaming-related announcements.

As such, Sony has decided to take full advantage of the Gamescom audience and will apparently announce release plans for the PS4 during their media conference. At this point, we don’t know if that means a PS4 release date, but we strongly believe it does.

The conference in question will take place on August 20th at 18:00 BST (or 1:00pm EST) and will be broadcast live on several online outlets. If Sony provides us with a link to the livestream we will be sure to broadcast the show as well.

Sony also promises that the press conference will include updates for PS3 titles (presumably Beyond: Two Souls) and Vita titles. But the main focal point will be a “briefing to the media on [their] release plans for the PlayStation 4.”

Strangely, the announcement doesn’t make mention of new PS4 games, but we wouldn’t be surprised if there were a few of those as well. Microsoft is bringing at least one Xbox One exclusive to the show, so it would be surprising if Sony didn’t follow suit.

As far as the release plans are concerned, we might only learn a new release window for the highly anticipated console — a more concrete time frame than “Holiday 2013.” Or, perhaps Sony will shock the gaming populace once again and announce the PS4 is hitting in October, giving the console another advantage over the Xbox One in addition to price.

This, of course, is all just speculation, but it’s indicative of the very exciting times that are ahead. It’s been so long since gamers have seen a proper dueling console launch, and one where the stakes are this high. Microsoft has been scrambling since E3 2013 to reverse policies and change feature sets in the hope that they can gain ground on Sony, who seemed to be well ahead in terms of pre-order numbers.

The main Gamescom event kicks off on August 21st in Germany, and rest assured that Game Rant will be delivering all the important news from the convention including (hopefully) a PS4 release date.

Do you think Sony will reveal a firm PS4 release date or just announce a release month? If they announce a date, when do you think it will be?

The PS4 is targeting a “Holiday 2013” release date.

Source: IGN

tags: PS3, PS4, Sony, Vita