Today a Sony executive confirmed the existence of a more powerful Sony PlayStation Neo. Why reveal this just days ahead of E3 2016?
The E3 2016 kicks off on the weekend with the first media events. On Monday, June 13, Microsoft and Sony will hold their highly anticipated E3 2016 media events. Today Sony surprised with the confirmation that the rumored Sony PlayStation Neo is real. The new PlayStation, codename Neo, supports 4K and is more powerful than the standard PS4. It will also be more expensive. Sony made clear that the PlayStation Neo will not be unveiled at the E3 2016.
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Why is Sony confirming the existence of a new PlayStation now, just days ahead of E3? Microsoft is rumored to unveil a new powerful Xbox, codename Scorpio, at the E3. It is feasible that Sony wanted to preemptively make clear that Sony will also have a new more powerful console coming this fall.
Sony has a huge lead over Microsoft in the console wars. The Japanese electronics giant has sold 40 million PS4 consoles to date to gamers around the world. Microsoft has sold about just half that with the Xbox One consoles. Sony does not want to give Microsoft any advantage with the earlier announcement, if it is indeed happening.
For both video game hardware makers it is a big problem to announce a new console months ahead of its release. The sales of the current generation will decline as consumers hold on to their cash to buy the new one. There must have some big pressure on Sony to decide to make this announcement today. From a sales perspective it would have been smarter to wait until closer to the release.
The new more powerful video game consoles from Sony and Microsoft are aimed at virtual reality gaming. Microsoft's Scorpio is supposed to work with the Oculus Rift. They better make sure that Oculus can deliver the Rift in mass quantities for Christmas, or the Scorpio will be off to a very slow start.
Sony makes its own VR headset and Microsoft should be doing the same to offer consumers simple solution out of one hand.
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Next week will be an exciting time for video game fans and also for Apple fans as the E3 and the WWDC are at the same time.