Sony unveiled its next-generation gaming system, the PlayStation 4, at a New York event Wednesday evening.
The development gives the struggling Japanese electronics company a head start over Microsoft and an Xbox 360 successor.
The PlayStation 4 will be Sony Corp.’s first major game console since the PlayStation 3 went on sale in 2006. Microsoft Corp. is expected to unveil the next Xbox in June at the E3 video game expo in Los Angeles. Last fall, Nintendo started selling the Wii U, though it plays catch-up in some respects in bringing the ability to play high-definition games. Although the Xbox 360 came out a year before PlayStation 3, Microsoft’s game machine has been more popular.