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With the holiday season over, and an amazing New Year’s eve, the rumor mill is once again tipping us on how the big game makers are planning on tempting our empty wallets. According to a fresh new report, Sony may be planning on releasing a new PlayStation console this year.

This report comes on the heels of the announcement of a new event, Destination PlayStation 2013, which journalists have been invited to. On top of a lot of game demos, free food, drinks and access to some of the gaming world’s most well-known personalities, Sony also promises “a first look at all the amazing new releases coming from Sony Computer Entertainment America Entertainment in 2013.”

While there’s no official word from the company on the new console, it would make perfect sense to announce a PlayStation 4 this year, just under 7 years after the release of the current generation, the PlayStation 3, and months after the Japanese company discontinued production of the previous generation, the PlayStation 2, in Japan (with other countries more than likely to follow). The company admitted to be developing a PlayStation 4 two years ago, although there is no clear idea of what it is expected to feature. Some whispers have suggested that it will opt for a fully online experience (ditching optical discs altogether), allowing gamers to purchase and download titles without the need for physical discs, although also removing the convenience of playing a title without the convenience of a broadband Internet connection. Later reports have, however, claimed that Sony won’t make the full transition quite yet.

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Sony will attempt to draw a fine line with this new console, especially amid the negative media coverage it has received over the last couple of years after security outbreaks, along with some product flops including the PSP Go and the Android-based Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, despite the successes, along the same period of time, of competitors such as Microsoft, which is also rumored to be developing a new generation of its console, the Xbox, currently known within the gaming community as the Xbox 720.

Rest your gamer fingers while you can, and enjoy what’s left of your New Year’s celebrations. 2013 is bound to be really interesting for gamers (and journalists) alike!

(via SlashGear)

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