Editor’s Note: This certainly explains a lot.
I would also like to point out console developers tend to build the actual hardware first, before designing the console. That way they have a better idea of the console’s size and how to shape it. But I agree that even though the design is purely cosmetic, it’s weird Sony would announce the console without a having a design finalized. I mean we were are all left wondering what it looks like and I know Sony did this to hype up their E3 presentation but it may have backfired a bit since more Sony fans are talking about what the console’s outward design could be, rather than the games that were shown, which is disappointing.
At the Sony conference this past Wednesday, we heard the announcement of the PS4 and the details of hardware specs, and were given a look at the Dualshock 4 controller along with trailers for some of the console’s upcoming games. However, there was one small thing was missing and that something was the PS4 itself.
After a few days of wondering why the PS4 wasn’t shown during the event, we now have our answer. It turns out the reason Sony didn't show it is because the PS4 console design is still in development. Yeah seriously, Sony still figuring out the final design for the PS4.
According to "Escapist Magazine
”, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, Hiroshi Kawano has told Japanese gaming blog "4Gamer
" that even he hasn’t seen the PS4 console because its design hasn’t been finalized. He didn’t even see the final version of the Dualshock 4 until the day before the announcement.
During a recent interview with “All Things D
”, SCEA president Jack Tretton confirmed that the final design of the console is still in development, although he doesn’t consider its absence from the announcement to be a big deal.
"For most people, it's behind a cabinet or on a shelf somewhere and you spend all your time looking at the screen. And we wanted to show people the screen. There will be multiple opportunities to share the look of the console between now and the launch."
The console’s design will most likely be finished by the time E3 or CES rolls around since Sony wants to release it during this holiday season.
Also, I may not have experience in making a billion dollar console but I do know that you have to design the console first before saying what it will have or you will be trying to figure out what it look like while you try to find a place to install all the hardware features with less time to do it all.
It’s like a kid saying he wants to create the “Ultimate Toy” with built-in Kung Fu Action, Jet pack, Rockets, Guns, Lasers, Blackjack and Hookers. But he didn't even draw what it looks like yet.
Finally I just want to say thanks to g1 Fandango for showing me this on my Twitter feed. If you want, check out his review of Pokemon Adventures. It’s Swell :3