Well, "Small reveal" can be interpreted as "partial reveal", so their choice of words there would cover both scenarios.
For the timing, they said "somewhere around E3" which is a fairly large window. Arguably covers Q2-Q3 and may include the Playstation Experience which has occurred in August for the past two years. But I don't think Q2 specifically was an obvious choice, so I should have acknowledged that.
As for release date, I think 2020 - 2021 have seemed like the most likely release dates for quite some time. And 2020 more so after Sony announced they'd skip E3 this year. Because that may indicate few new announcements for PS4 this year, which should not be the case if they were planning to keep PS4 as their primary console all the way to 2021 -22.
As for the drive, maybe you're right. I took the 'some sort of nand flash' to mean something less significant in addition to the 2TB HDD. As in some flash memory on the side.
Maybe it's just me but I've never heard anyone (when speaking in specific technical terms, as this person is) refer to an SSD as a HDD.
The point I'm making about the small reveal isn't so much that the reveal was partial or full, but rather when has any Playstation system had a small reveal? All other systems were announced at E3 in front of a large audience and dozens of media reporters present. And the PS4 was announced at its own large, hyped meeting. There was absolutely no reason for someone to believe or guess that there would only be a small reveal.
I will give you that 2020 definitely seemed like a more realistic date as 2018 came to a close. And as for the HDD, we have to remember this is a guy from Europe, so English may not be his first language. He did misspell launch as lunch. Of course, it could have just been a simple mistake, either way.
I think I understood you on the "small reveal" part.
I'm not sure if you understood me though, so in that case I'll clarify.
What I meant was that I can see myself referring to the initial PS4 reveal as a "small reveal" because of the small amount of information we were given.
Does it become a 'bigger' reveal if there are more people in the room? Or if they build up anticipation? Because I can recall times where a reveal has been built up and people get hyped, but then it turns out to be a much smaller reveal than we expected. Or an announcement of an announcement, etc.
Although granted, it could be referring to the size of the event. Due to the choice of words, I can't say for sure
Not sure if another Playstation has been announced in a similar manner before. Perhaps Playstation 2, which was announced on March 1, 1999. Not sure exactly how, but seemingly not in front of an audience/not at an event. Though that doesn't really say much since the infrastructure for such announcements were different back then.
However, do you imagine a small third party developer from EU would have knowledge of how Sony would make the announcement?
I do not think they would, as that's not information they would be given by Sony, since it's not relevant to them.
As for HDD and SSD, I would imagine the abbreviations are the same in every country since that makes it easier for the manufacturers labeling them. At least in my language, the full name of those drives don't necessarily match up with those abbreviations. But the abbreviations are still HDD and SSD.
However, I was more thinking of the fact that the leaker meticulously specified everything else with its proper technical term, along with their specific values. But it could have been a mistake, or maybe the nand flash portion was referring to the HDD. That sentence looks like it may be missing either an "it's" or an "and".
Question is if mentioning 'nand flash' would be a fairly safe bet in either scenario?
I would say expecting next gen consoles to sport SSDs isn't exactly out of left field. It's not very uncommon for people to use them in their consoles these days. Cerny even mentions replacing the HDD on a PS4 with an SSD.
On the other hand, due to cost concerns, it would also be reasonable to expect mechanical drives.
So not sure how I feel about that one.
The main one I'm unsure of is about the GPU and CPU. I know Navi and Ryzen were rumored for PS5 for quite a while though. If someone estimates that PS5 is to be released in 2020, would it be hard to guess the amount of cores and threads?