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PlayStation 4 Reveal May Come Before E3 2013

InterocitorWith Nintendo's Wii U already in stores, the competition is heating up as we transition from one console generation into the next.  Both Microsoft and Sony are working on their next generation video game consoles with flashy reveals assumed to be happening at E3 2013, but GamesRadar cites reports that indicate a possible early showcase for the next PlayStation.  According to a translated report (which, to be fair, could be a mistranslation), the company may start to show off its new flagship product in May.

Hiroshi Sakamoto, vice president of Sony Home Entertainment, reportedly confirmed a near future PS4 reveal in a Spanish language interview conducted with Emol.com at CES last week.

Asked if a new PlayStation will be revealed in the coming months, Sakamoto said, according to a Google translation of the original report: "That's still a big secret, but our friends are preparing Sony PlayStation. I can only say that we are focused on the E3 gaming event, scheduled for June. [The] announcement may be in that minute or even earlier in May.

Pressed on whether the company is preparing a "big announcement" or "something additional", Sakamoto replied "probably the first," adding: “In that time we expect to deliver great news, but we must wait until May at least."

Whether anything has been lost in translation is unclear, but Sony Computer Entertainment UK declined to comment on the interview and Sakamoto’s reported statements [were] contacted by CVG.

I don't usually bother to report third-hand translated rumors, but I just had to mention this one to point out that Nintendo routed around E3 back in 2006 when it announced some early information about the then-upcoming Wii prior to the big media briefing.  In that instance, the extra time allowed the gaming community to get past the silly name and arrive at a point where people were ready to actually see and experience Wii games.  Perhaps Sony has a similar plan in mind in which the PlayStation 4 basics will be shared in May so that when E3 opens in June, everyone is ready to focus on the games and not the insignificant little questions about pointless details that always pop up when new hardware is first announced.