Sony faces challenge with new PlayStation
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - When Sony pulls back the curtain on the next-generation PlayStation video game console, the world will see how much the Japanese consumer electronics titan has been paying attention.
Sony could double-down on hardware to power even more realistic graphics and rich game play than the impressive specifications of PlayStation 3 consoles nearing the end of a life cycle started in 2006.
Or, Sony may step toward a vision outlined by chief executive Kazuo Hirai by introducing an improved console as part of an ecosystem that weaves the company's film, music, games and electronics together with the trend toward getting home entertainment online.
"Sony needs a living room experience," Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey said while discussing expectations that a PlayStation 4 will be showcased at an event being hosted by Sony on Feb 20 in New York City.