I swear, one of the biggest reasons I couldn't wait to see the PlayStation 4 at last week's PlayStation Meeting was this- I'd finally be able to stop using this silly fake mock-up image to represent Sony's next console.
But here I am. Still using it. And why? Because we still have no idea what the PS4 will look like, as Sony didn't show the actual machine during the conference.
Personally, besides the lack of a proper image, this doesn't bother me. And as SCE UK boss Fergal Gara told Videogamer , it was far more important "to see what the damn thing does." Gara acknowledged the gamer backlash but tried to put everything into perspective:
"[There was a] bit of cynicism over 'we didn’t see the box' and that kind of stuff, 'we don't know quite what date and quite what price'. I understand that frustration but frankly, a box is a box. Is that really the most important thing?
So right, it wasn't available to show last night, it wasn't considered appropriate to show it last night. So what? It's much more important to see what the damn thing does. The shiniest piece of black, green or purple plastic ever, you know, whatever, so what? It's not the most important thing."
A BBC headline described the PS4 as the "invisible console" and fans everywhere expressed great displeasure at not seeing the system. We assume we'll see that at E3 but in the meantime, we'd much rather have an exact date and price. That is the most important thing for a great many.