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PlayStation 4 announcement next month?

- January 31st, 2013

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The official unveiling of Sony’s next-generation console could be close. Very close. Today, Sony sent out a press invitation for a Feb. 20 media event in New York City, teased as PlayStation Meeting 2013. While the cryptic invitation makes no mention of what will be shown, the process of elimination all but guarantees this will be where Sony announces the first concrete details of its next-gen console, currently codenamed Orbis and often referred to as the PlayStation 4.

If this is indeed the PlayStation 4 reveal — and I’ll eat my hat, your hat and your grandma’s gross old musty hat if it’s not — it means Sony is playing the first hand in the poker game between it and Microsoft, as both companies strategize about when, how and where to reveal the first details of their next-gen machines.

I’ll be at this event next month with bells, gongs and klaxons on. Meantime, if any other concrete news comes in, we’ll letcha know. For now, check out the mysterious trailer at www.playstationmeeting.com.

Killzone: Mercenary – two sticks, 100 guns

- January 31st, 2013

Killzone: Mercenary

Remember when Sony first unveiled the PlayStation Vita, and we all rejoiced? “It’s got two thumbsticks! Finally, we can play proper first-person shooters on a handheld!” And then: crickets. And then: Resistance: Burning Skies, which was very bad. And then: crickets. And then: Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified, which was even worse. Maybe this is a dream that just needs to die.

Killzone: Mercenary is Sony’s next attempt to bring a full-fledged, big-boy console shooter experience to the Vita. Will it work? Should it work? Can it work?

Maybe. Yes. And I’m not entirely sure.

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