With all this talk about Microsoft's Xbox 720 console, the next generation wars are heating up rather rapidly.  But while Sony hasn't unveiled their official specs on their next piece of hardware, the announcement could be coming sooner than you might think.

Speaking with Chilean website El Mercurio Online, Sony VP of Home Entertainment Hiroshi Sakimoto indicated that the next PlayStation is "still a big secret, but our friends are preparing Sony PlayStation."  As far as when an official announcement could come, he stated that the PS4 could be unveiled "at E3 or even earlier in May," though he later added, I can only say that we are focused on the E3 gaming event."

Sony didn't have any official comment outside of that, and given their 2013 rundown of impressive PS3 games, you'd think they weren't in any immediate hurry to announce new hardware.  Still, it sounds like something big is coming…and we'll find out what soon enough.

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