It seems like a contradiction in terms, but the PlayStation3 was nowhere to be seen at the ´Destination PlayStation´ event. The event in Miami was solely for retailers. All attendees had to sign non-disclosure agreements, yet it has become clear that the PS3 was a no-show. Here´s commentary from three news sites:
It now appears that Sony is holding off showing off the PS3 until the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo--aka E3--in May. A source familiar with Sony's strategy confirmed the move on condition of anonymity. "Retailers talk too much," the source said. "They decided to keep it under wraps until E3." That bit of information casts some doubt over exactly what will be shown during Sony Computer Entertainment executive Phil Harrison's keynote address at GDC 2006, which is titled "PlayStation 3: Beyond the Box."
This could be interpreted as another data point supporting the theory that the PS3's launch schedule has slipped. Or it could just be all part of a master plan to catch the world by surprise with a surprise unveiling. Either way, our impatience grows.
Although not a massive surprise, attendees, all of whom were bound with promisingly tight non disclosure agreements, expressed disappointment en masse at the information blackout.
“It was hinted that we should attend to see 'something special'” one executive at a major US retailer told SPOnG today, “and everyone expected to see at least something [of PlayStation 3] over the three days. Like, videos or something... Anything... Even the most senior in attendance were kept in the dark.”
In a statement, Sony has defended its decision, saying a PS3 showing was never planned. The above quote does suggest otherwise, however. At any rate, Sony has always been good at hyping the press about secret unveilings which turned out to be plain irrelevant.
Source: Gamespot, Joystiq, SPOnG