Sony Reportedly Will Demo New PlayStation Console at E3 in May13 Jul, 2004 By: Holly J. Wagner
Sony plans to show a working version of its next-generation PlayStation console at E3 next spring, according to published reports.
Ken Kutaragi, head of Sony's game business, told developers and suppliers at a conference in Tokyo that the company hopes to show the new console at E3, scheduled for May 18 to 20 in Los Angeles, and might show games as early as the fall at a game conference in Japan.
Although the console is not expected to hit the market until 2006, the announcement puts pressure on Microsoft and Nintendo to get the next versions of their platforms — Xbox and GameCube — in front of consumers.
Sony's “Cell” microprocessor, in development with IBM and Toshiba, will power the new console. The cell chip is billed as the game industry's answer to Intel's Pentium computer processor, 10 times more powerful than conventional semiconductors and able to push a high volume of data over high-speed Internet networks.