Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Microsoft Studios are both set to reveal their entry into the next-generation console wars at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June of this year, according to a new report published today. The move has been suggested to be a reaction to Nintendo’s intention to use the show as the venue for revealing the launch details of the successor to their forthcoming next-generation sytem, the Wii U.
While Microsoft Studios have been tipped for a reveal this year for some time, the suggestion that SCE may unveil the PlayStation 4 has come as quite a shock. The PlayStation 3 launched more than a year after the Xbox 360, and despite basing it’s business on a much firmer reputation and established sales from previous generations, has only managed to compete on an equal footing this generation. It is believed that SCE attribute their inability to pull ahead to this year head start.
According to a report on UK industry website MCV, partners associated with the forthcoming systems, “aren’t expecting price or launch details for the new Xbox or PlayStation.” However, it’s suggested that their unveiling could affect the buzz for the 2011 launch for Nintendo’s Wii successor.
No details on what form the announcements will take have yet been revealed, but Electronic Theatre would be very surprised if either Microsoft Studios or SCE had a playable build of their next-generation system available at E3. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on the next-generation systems from all three hardware manufacturers.