Hello and welcome to Ground Punch’s live blog of the PlayStation Meeting – taking place at 12PM PST / 2PM CST / 3PM EST / 8PM BST, 7th September. We will be commenting on all the latest juicy news and any potential mishaps as they happen, so be sure to stay tuned for our – hopefully – witty yet informative commentary. In addition to our commentary you can watch the event live right here via the embed below and after the event concludes we will be posting a handy news summary so that you can recap on the event’s announcements, as well as catch up on any tidbits you may have missed.
What to Expect?
What announcements can you expect from PlayStation’s meeting today? Well first and foremost we expect to see the official unveiling of the “high-end” PlayStation 4 (Code-named Neo) that Andrew House confirmed to the Financial Times just before E3 this year. In terms of what that unveiling could reveal, well there are three burning and key questions to which we would like answers;-
- How powerful is the high-end PlayStation 4?
- When will the high-end PlayStation 4 release?
- How much will the high-end PlayStation 4 cost?
In terms of the first question, by the end of today’s meeting we hope to have some idea about how the high-end PlayStation 4 will stack up to Microsoft’s upcoming console the Scorpio, and how it will stack up against the current PlayStation 4 model. Rumours and leaks seem to suggest that the high-end PlayStation 4 is not that much more powerful than the PlayStation 4, offering some extra grunt for PlayStation VR Games, and enabling the up-scaling of games to 4K, but doing little to alter the performance of games. If those rumours are true, then we have another question which is why do we need a high-end PlayStation 4, why not keep the ones we already have – a question Sony desperately needs to answer today if we are going to be parting with any cash.
In terms of the second question, rumours have suggested the console will release during Fall season this year. However, others have suggested that since Microsoft announced the Xbox Scorpio, Sony have gone back to the drawing board in an attempt to beef up their machine. As such some now suggest the high-end PlayStation 4 will release towards the end of next year instead alongside the Xbox Scorpio.
Finally and perhaps the biggest question of all is how much will this new machine cost. Outside of answers to the questions above we will probably see gameplay of games running on the high-end PlayStation 4 and maybe even the box itself.
While the high-end PlayStation 4 is expected to be the headline announcement of today’s meeting it shouldn’t be the only one. For starters, we expect Sony to unveiling the already leaked PlayStation 4 Slim (pictured below), with announcements for the consoles price and release date practically a guarantee. We will also probably see some more PlayStation VR which is set to release this October. Finally, rumours have circulated that Sony are working on a successor to the PlayStation Vita, code-named Trinity, with a potential announcement at today’s event.