Sony wants you to mark your calendar for February 20, 2013, and they’re not saying why. In an abstract 45 second video released on Sony’s official PlayStation Youtube channel today, Sony shows off a hypnotic swirl of lines, shapes and colors which come together at the end to form the symbols of their PlayStation controller buttons (Triangle, circle, cross, square). The video ends with a date: February 20, 2013 and we’re inclined to believe that Sony might just bring out their next generation PlayStation on that date in an event scheduled in New York City at 6pm Eastern time (11pm GMT).
It has been mentioned before that Sony and Microsoft will both showcase their next-generation consoles this year. And if either or both were to make such an announcement, it would likely be before June to give themselves time to prepare for presentations at one of the largest game conventions in the world, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) held in June 2013. The next-generation PlayStation, codenamed Orbis and unofficially called the PlayStation 4 by fans and speculators, is rumored to sport brand new hardware components from AMD, maker of computer processors, graphics cards and APUs (Accelerated Processing Units, the company’s efficient combo of a CPU with powerful graphics integrated).
It doesn’t appear to be a coincidence that Sony’s own annual Destination PlayStation, an event where game makers and retailers showcase their latest and greatest, will be held 5 days later in Arizona on February 25, 2013. Sony’s president, Shuhei Yoshida also appears to be joining in on the teasing fun by tweeting a cryptic “!?” in response to questions about this mystery event.