Sony San Diego needs a little more time to bowl you over with MLB 14 The Show on the PlayStation 4. Following a press event in North America this week, the developer has revealed that the inaugural next-gen iteration in its critically acclaimed baseball simulation will not arrive until May 2014 – a month or so after the game takes a swing at the PlayStation 3.

It’s undoubtedly bad news for fans of the USA’s biggest bat-and-ball sport, but the studio insists that the extra time will enable it to hit a home run on the Japanese giant’s new system. “The PS4 is the most powerful gaming console ever made,” community manager Ramone Russell explained on the PlayStation Blog. “There’s so much horsepower for us to take advantage of to make the most realistic, best-playing, most authentic baseball video game ever.”

In addition to beefed up visuals – and really messy beards – the sequel will feature future-proof saves, allowing you to carry your progress forward to next year’s iteration and beyond. It will also boast community challenges, providing you with the opportunity to create your own on-pitch scenarios and share them with the world. Other tweaks will include an overhauled user interface and a new add-on purchases system which has been unified under a universal currency named Stubs.

Irritatingly, there’s no PS4 footage for us to embed just yet, but the developer promises that it will show more soon. As such, you’re going to have to make do with the current generation video below. As already alluded, the game’s due out on 1st April on the PlayStation 3 and Vita, where it will still include all of the enhancements discussed above. Well, aside from the improved facial hair.

[via blog.us.playstation.com]