Sony is warning gamers via Twitter to steer clear of any website offering beta testing of the PlayStation 4. These sites are asking for personal information in return for a possible place in the beta, but Sony is offering no such program. In fact, gamers should plan on never having a chance to beta test the upcoming console unless they're personally recruited by Sony.
The PlayStation 4 was partially revealed during a two-hour press event in late February. Sony didn't show the actual hardware, but rather the console's new controller and a handful of games. The next-generation PlayStation will likely make a full entrance this June at E3 2013 followed by a retail release just before the 2013 holiday season.
Rumors surrounding the new hardware set have been around for the last several years, but hackers didn't really have any real PlayStation 4-related bait until the recent confirmation. Now is the prime time to sucker eager gamers into promising early hands on in exchange for their personal detail which can later be used to spread malware and more.
The console is currently in the hands of a select group of developers who have had nothing but praise for Sony's choice of an x86-based architecture. It's based on an 8-core x86-64 AMD "Jaguar" APU that was co-developed with Sony. Other specs include 8 GB of GDDR5 memory, Wireless N and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, and a Radeon-based graphics engine producing 1.84 TFLOPS.
"Just a reminder," Sony states, "any sites asking you to enter details to sign up for PS4 Beta testing are scams."