Microsoft's Major Nelson takes a pop at Sony's PS4 unveiling

Microsoft's face of Xbox Live not keen on Sony not showing off the hardware.

Microsoft's Major Nelson--aka Larry Hryb--has criticised one aspect of Sony's PlayStation 4 unveiling last night: that Sony didn't actually show the console.

"Announce a console without actually showing a console? That's one approach," said Hryb on Twitter. Last night, at its official PlayStation 4 unveiling, Sony showed off the PS4's UI and controller, but there was no sight of what the machine itself would look like when it's released later this year.

"Love to know what you thought of the presentation after you have a moment to think it over. I'll share my thoughts on the show this weekend," added Hryb.

Hryb posted an E3 countdown on his blog earlier in the year. Microsoft is expected to formally announce its next Xbox in the coming months--presumably Microsoft will make sure to actually show off the machine when it does.

Sony will release the PlayStation 4 later in 2013, though a price and date for the console were not formally set.

During its PlayStation 4 unveiling, Sony confirmed that the next-gen console would feature a PC-like architecture and x86 processor. The publisher also announced new entries in the Killzone and Infamous franchises, before unveiling new IP in the form of Drive Club and Knack. Media Molecule showed off a new sculpting prototype, Capcom unveiled its new title Deep Down (working title), and Square Enix promised to unveil a new Final Fantasy game at E3.

For more information on the PlayStation 4, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Martin Gaston

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Mattagus
Mattagus

I don't really care about the looks, but I would like to know if I need to by a new entertainment center because its too large to fit in my current one.

TiberiusJones
TiberiusJones

I love listening to the Sony fans...it's very entertaining. Most of them (not everyone) sound like they're in junior high...like the moron calling people names just because he's upset that Sony didn't produce a console at their big "unveiling". And I think the analogy of  unveiling a Ferrari by only showing tires and an engine design is a fair one. Sony really does seem extremely desperate going into this next generation of hardware...and rightfully so.

The only number the Sony kids should be paying attention to is 26. That's how many consecutive months now that the Xbox 360 has outsold both the Wii and PS3.

Microsoft FTW!

Personally, I don't care what either company manufactures as long as it supports the Oculus Rift. That thing is amazing!! I want one now!

shinobiprophetx
shinobiprophetx

Who cares what the system will look like? The specs are what matter, if it looked like a porsche and ran like the original 360 no one would be sitting around going "oh but it looks cool doesn't it?" what cheap and crappy jab. Haters gone hate. 

Looks like there's one cog that won't be turning the gears.

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Shewgenja
Shewgenja

Can we really blame Major Nelson for being upset that they haven't shown the PS4, yet?  After the tragedy that was the first generation 360 (and while we're at it LOL for launching an HD system with no HDMI out), Microsoft could definitely use whatever pointers they can get on designing a console.

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

Microsoft talks crap while sony is moving forward... this is news to people?

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

Oh sweet Hryb. How you took a once bad ass console and completely pussified it and overwhelmed it with social media garbage. How you made it into a console for vapids, bros, ugly couples and fat people.

I really appreciate what you did to the Xbox. I appreciate taking away features that were dear to me that were more social than you tacking on stupid apps just to get the interface to be clunky, slow and loosely resemble Windows 8. I appreciate it more because I don't even use them.

Thank you for increasing the cost of Xbox Live. Thanks for the sweet birthday present of, what, like 10MS points. Maybe I can buy a special colored facial mole for my avatar. Maybe a Lean Mean Grilling Machine prop, or kicks that look like space boots.

The Xbox is clown shoes. So is the PS3 with how it cracks at me because its plastic chassis gets mad at any temperature, hot or cold. But damn. At least those 599 dollar ridge racer dudes treat me nicer on my birthday,


guitarist1980
guitarist1980

Hopefully Kinect 2.0 and Move are just added features and not forced upon us. I was thinking all XBOX at first but now I am debating which to go with first. I really feel wasteful owning 2 consoles of the same generation because they are mostly just 3rd party titles with a few exclusives going either way. I just wish sony would make a controller like the box then I would most likely go Sony.. seeing as they do have a couple more exclusives but then again I have had less than stellar experiences with there online service. Tough decisions.. I am to concerned about the hardware inside the consoles because they will be similar enough where it will make little to no difference and 3rd party devs are not going to waste a lot of time making 1 much better than the other.. just look at the PC.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

I am leaning towards the BOX first and the PS4 later on in its console life.. however if the BOX makes it so I have to be online all the time or I cant play a single player game that might sway my decision.. and deal with what I feel is an inferior controller with the PS4. Also if Kinect is going to be a main focal point as far as games go and no way to turn it off I will most definitely go with the PS4... similarly if the PS4's move controller has a similar role to Kinect 2.0 I am just not going to buy the damn consoles. If they are there just for added features and certain games then thats fine. But if I am forced to use both of them when I dont want to.. I will be a very angry customer.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

To be quite honest the look of the actual console is not really something that would influence the purchase for me, but regardless I think it's just an instinct to want to see what it looks like. 

mtait01
mtait01

Don't judge a book by its cover... M$ will probably show the console and all the little kiddies will be like 'OMG its soooo pretty and awesome!!' without actually stopping to think that the games and overall power of the machine (bare in mind that the 8GB RAM in the new Xbox has to be halved for Kinect as has been leaked) will be inferior to the new PS. I can't wait to see M$'s press conference and then facepalm when they announce Kinect 2.0 and spent an hour showing us how it is pointless and doesn't work.

StaticPenguin
StaticPenguin

I understand why they didn't show it off. They wanted people to focus on what the PS4 is capable of and not what the box it comes in looks like.

chrono625
chrono625

MS fanboy/worker blasts a rival company?!?!? THIS IS UNHEARD OF!!!!

Centurion-Legio
Centurion-Legio

Sony could pack the ps4 hardware in the ps3 body kit with the '3' crossed out and a sticker of a number 4 on top of it for all i care. wtf does the console itself matter? there is no way they could make it look bad as to no have it displaying on your cabinets. It's about its power, its features, and the games, not the pretty box around the hardware.

I think it looks bad on MS part to say something like this.

ahpuck
ahpuck

They haven't announced anything yet, but I already know what they are going to show. More Halo, more Gears of War, more Fable, more Forza and whole load of of Kinect crap.

megakick
megakick

I dont want to pay $100 plus for a controller that publishers might not even use to its' full potentional...

sheikweight
sheikweight

of all the pics chosen ..its Major Nelson with a Lancer?! A message to SONY no Doubt.

zux2000
zux2000

atlest Sony show something, like you microsoft don't do...

escobar2fly
escobar2fly

sony showed gamers what gamers wanted games and lately m$ has angered me they have focused too much on that shitty kinect , apps and less about 1st party games and to be honest if M$ doesn't improve ill be skiping the next box and have ps4 and wii u intill the box gets cheaper

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

It doesn't matter what it looks like. It only matters what it can do. And that's what they are focusing on.

This M$ guy is just fishing for negativity to try and put a downer on Sony's announcement. And if this is all he can come up with then he may as well not have bothered.

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

Not showing the console at the big unveiling is a letdown.  What if Ferrari makes a big deal about unveiling their new car..the curtain drops and all they have is a diagram of the engine and a steering wheel.  Same thing.

A desperate move by Sony to beat MS to the punch with their announcement.  I know what the machine looks like doesn't matter to gamers as long as it performs, but come on, you're hyping your new console and all you have to show is a diagram of the core architecture and a controller?  Just seemed rushed and unprepared just to make a point of announcing the console before your competitor.  

Get it together Sony then come back when you're ready.  All they did was give MS incentive to make a bigger better announcement that will not disappoint. 

golden_ashen
golden_ashen

To be honest, unless they show off a brick that looks more like a PC terminal than a console, I seriously doubt that at this point it would make a difference, people already know if they want or do not want. All the specs, yays and nays, potentials and not happenings, this coming up from ps3 and things getting left on ps3 are out, other than the pricing and the look, there's nothing much else to see or know.


And I suspect Sony is holding back on pricing to get an idea of what the comptition will do

Branmuffin316
Branmuffin316

I don't understand why there is news about this guy. Does anybody actually care what he thinks?

Darth_Ultima
Darth_Ultima

When I first glanced the headline to this article I thought it said Major Nelson takes a poop at Sony's PS4 unveiling.

Assassin_M85
Assassin_M85

They also need to focus less on the media applications and focus on the games. Everyones got a pc and internet why so desperate?

Assassin_M85
Assassin_M85

(I Own Both Consoles)

Now, who cares what the console looks like?? Its the power underneath what we need and so far im very impressed and im sure so everybody else. But i do think that this is the calm before the storm and microsoft going to reveal more than just the console and the kinect... Theres something else.

Dangerous231
Dangerous231

thats all the ip you think microsoft has you must be crazy even know i like the idea of the next kinect being in every xbox lets go down the half of the full list of exclusive

Halo 
Fable 
Alan Wake 
Gears of war 
Forza
Crack down
blue dragon
lost odessy
PGR
Project kingdom
Kameo
kingdom under fire
Ninja blade
Funzion frenzy 
vampier rain
Ninety nine Knights
Dan jo-Kazooie
Dance central 
and way more

nedrith
nedrith

How important is the actual hardware.  We know what the controller will look like, the piece of equipment that you will actually have to use and hold, where being comfortable and usable is both important.  We know some of the games it can play and how well it will play them and the other stuff that it can d o.  We saw it doing them, assuming you believe Sony when they said the feed was running in real-time on the actual hardware.  


So why does it matter that Sony has decided to work on the least important part last, deciding what hardware will look like when a consumer buys it.  If anything MS having to take a shot at Sony using this kind of argument just shows how good the PS4 is if that's all they can attack it on.

qualopec_1
qualopec_1

Of course Major Nelson is going to be a little bias when it comes to Microsoft and Sony. I'm getting both consoles so it makes no difference to me.

smoothyplum26
smoothyplum26

I have not understood why Larry has been able to keep the job he has at MS for so long. He's arrogant, ignorant, and not very good with people. And worst of all, he's a one upper, and ask him anything on his blog and he will never respond. I actually think he's a robot created by MS even though he went to Syracuse University which has the best communication department. Must be MS made him and then sent him to SU. Well, I guess that explains why he's had the job he has at MS for so long. Just wish MS could have made a nicer robot.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

Larry Hryb has all ways made me mad hes a dumb ass and not cool at least Sony has come out were is the new xbox? i bet they will still make you pay for live pff i own both but latey my 360 has dust on it

rarson
rarson

I have a love-hate relationship with Sony, but getting cocky is the worst thing you can do in this industry. Sega got cocky, and look at them now. I'm just saying, as dysfunctional as it is, Microsoft should be examining their own console business LONG before they try to criticize anyone else's.

AceCometh
AceCometh

We may know the specs, but to announce the hardware without even having it available to for show is still cheesy. Seeing how big a failure the PSVita launch was, which I bought and am still waiting for more games, I won't be an early adopter. I'll probably wait a year after launch before I buy it.

alchie11
alchie11

You need to see a piece of plastic to determine the 'hardware' specifications? Is the raw information not enough? We already know about the processor, ram, clock speeds, etc.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Just love the way GS put a spin one one persons 'Observations' in order to spark and fuel fanboy-esque posts by the use of the phrase "takes a pop", as he only said what many people were thinking, a little different to the actual 'pop' sony took at MS by stating that 'Its more than a 'Box'.

Dont get me wrong i thought the PS3 'unveil' was great, but was a little deflated at the absence of the actual unit.

Theres no question that the purchase of Gaikai was Sony's saving grace, which now gives them an excellent online infrastructure.

As i am not a simple minded 'Drone', i will as always simply wait to see what the opposition (MS) come up with before making my next platform purchase, but to say the PS4 looks good at this point.

MonoSilver
MonoSilver

Larry needs to grow up. In fact so does the Xbox brand. Less focus on the crappy Kinect and more on core gaming. Sony's meeting was brilliant and did exactly what it should've. Maybe he's just jealous...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

They're waiting for Microsoft to do their reveal, then they respond with the console reveal and other stuff at E3.

Microsoft knows this.  Sony know they know this.  These marketing people like Nelson will lie to our faces for a couple months and pretend they don't know, but it's simple marketing.

Ninjitsu_Gamer
Ninjitsu_Gamer

Honestly, a lot of consumers wondered this as well.

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

Just because he said that, I'm going Sony now.

Take that ba.. bah .. BIATCH.

Starbuck_X
Starbuck_X

By talking about it, isnt he just giving it free publicity?

samdam3
samdam3

LOL fuck this guy... It's funny how all the haters or whatever you want to call them, can only find one reason to say shit on Sony, and that is that "they didn't show what it looks like, therefore their presentation sucked"... Like, are you fucking serious? Are you that mad that they didn't show a $10 piece of plastic wrapped around the actual hardware?

I'm waiting to see the xbox to determine which one I'll buy ofcourse, but more than likely i'll be getting the PS4. The xobx 360's exclusive titles are boring as FUCK... PS3 has had heaps of original and fun exclusives, which is why I prefer the PS3 to 360. 


Anyone who goes on about the graphics being better on the 360, because they have no other point to make with their fanboyness, please, do the world a favour, and shut the fuck up. 


TyandBye

Renloco
Renloco

I think this guy is a idiot. Sony did the right thing to show its system before Microsoft because now everyone is talking about the ps4 and if Microsoft does anything similar to the ps4 they will accuse Microsoft of coping Sony, but i wont make my decisions until I see the price of the system because I know they are going to be similar systems.

Mr_Bodywave
Mr_Bodywave

I think maybe he should have smacked on the lack of a Cell CPU and how that clearly shows it was a poor decision last round.  Wonder how backwards compatibility will be. LOL

oversizeandy
oversizeandy

Ps4 looks amazing wow what can everyone say choose ps4 xbox has had it's day.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

That's the only thing he could come up with to hate on? LMAO!!! I smell desperation in the air.

rich0032
rich0032

This is from a company that put a flawed console on the market.. My 1 ps3 has lasted longer than 2 360s. Maybe you should be more worried about building a console that works instead of worrying about your competitor.

rich0032
rich0032

Is any worst than putting flawed console on the market