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It’s real. The PlayStation 4 is no longer a rumor even if we don’t know what it looks like. Sony’s decision to announce a new console four months before the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), a game industry trade show that takes place in Los Angeles every June, means that the PS4 gets the gaming public’s full attention. It’s not competing for the spotlight against rivals Microsoft and Nintendo.
Gamers were watching closely. GamesBeat gathered a handful of reactions from Twitter and popular gaming forum NeoGAF to gauge the Internet response to “Panty Raid” engines and Square Enix’s uneventful announcement, among other points of interest.
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NeoGAF didn’t seem impressed with Knack:
Sony didn’t show off the console, and fake Kaz Hirai, a parody Twitter account of the president and CEO of the Sony Corporation, has something to say about that:
In the minutes leading up to the event, fans were tweeting about their expectations:
Mark Rein, the vice president and co-founder of Epic Games, which develops Gears of War and the Unreal Engine:
Cliff Bleszinski, formerly of Epic Games, wanted to see more new franchises:
Nick Chester, the publicist at Harmonix:
The fanboys didn’t waste any time bashing the PlayStation 4:
Publisher and developer Square Enix’s massive non-announcement received some criticism:
Street Fighter maker Capcom’s non-announcement and the Panta Rhei (Panty Raid) Engine: