OK. Sometimes when a company tries to do a big reveal, they go one of a couple different directions. First is the Apple route – blacking out room windows in R&D, attaching test devices to desks at Apple HQ, and even masking field testing units with external casing to make sure no one knows what’s up. Sure it may not seem like that’s how they roll now, but that’s how they do things. Get their audience so amped that whatever they introduce is an instant hit they’ve all been waiting for.
The second is the straightforward method. That’s more or less saying “hey kids, product X is going to e out on the 37th of Zuhtember (naturally “X’ and “Zuhtember” being code for a number and who gives a damn). But in this case potential customers know exactly what’s coming and what’s going to be involved. I guess the cleanest example here after the Apple thing would be Samsung and their Galaxy phones if you want an example.
So both of those methods make sense, and we’ve seen both dozens of times before. What confuses me sometimes is when some companies try to blend the two of these in some sort of “openly secretive” teaser thrown out onto the interwebs. Which is the route that Sony took today with their latest teaser on their official US website. Go ahead, watch it. It has all the elements of a big reveal – flashy effects, zoomed shots of different aspects of what gets collected for a final image, and of course mystic and cryptic heavy beats in the background to add an ambiance of mystery and allure. Sweet. Even a date and a time for a very special event so fans have something to look forward to. So what could it possible be? My interest is now piqued beyond recognition – WHAT COULD IT BE? Four very familiar shapes – a triangle, a circle, an X, and is that… is that a square?
Look at the video kids. It’s gonna be the PlayStation 4. I mean I can’t for sure say it, but watch it again. Search your feelings. I don’t think you really need the force with you to sense this one.
The date? February 20th, at 6:00pm. The teaser is an ad for the Playstation Meeting, which is a venue where Sony’s unveiled consoles and hardware before (that’s where they unveiled the Vita before), so the PS4’s a feasible prediction. And Sony wanting to beat Microsoft to the punch on consoles does make sense too. There’s also a chance that maybe they could be releasing the fruits of their venture with Gaikai, but MY PEOPLES – I’m still calling PS4.