Playstation 20th February : What could we Expect
The internet is now overflowing with leaks, photos, videos, rumour and speculation on what Sony Playstation will be announcing on February 20th. Just in case you have been living under a rock here is what the official Sony Playstation Blog posted at the end of January.
So fast forward now with us as we do a wrap of the gazzilions (Editor : ok slight over statement there) of posts and rumours, and see if there is just the slight possibility we can dream up a new Playstation 4 that is close to what gets launched. We have even included the site links for more reading around the rumour mills.
The New PS4
I have to say Sony seem to be sticking with some form of game plan here. Every 6 years Sony have managed to bring a major console revision to market. Playstation launched in 1994, Playstation 2 launched in 2000 and the Playstation 3 was unleashed in 2006.
So what is expected out of the new console. Obviously faster and better right? Kotuku has had a number of very good articles about kit specs (see the link below) but developers are reportedly being shipped with 8GB Ram, 2.2 GB Video Ram, 8 AMD cores, HDMI, Bluray and 160GB of hard disk space.
It seems that consoles are becoming more and more similar with each iteration, which makes sense considering more and more gaming companies are writing code for all platforms, so it makes sense to make them similar(ish).
There are a raft of fanciful designs out there, mostly fan inspired art. Here are a few favorites from the team:
The New Controller
The general rumour mill suggests that this controller will be both touch and move enabled. The image to the left is now generally accepted as credible leaked version of the new PS4 Controller. The blue light at the top really does lend credibility to the concept of a Move enabled device while the clear black surface looks similar to what we saw on the back of the PS Vita when it shipped. Ch
[Destructoid] What the Hell is this the New Playstation Controller
The New Network & The Future of Games
Possibly one of the biggest hurdles for Playstation in recent years was the large security breach and subsequent network lock out of the Playstation Network. This hurt gamers, developers and ultimately Sony quite a bit. While they are still reporting great success in many market spaces its hard to deny that this little glitch (along with some create competitive pricing) has given Sony a headache.
Amongst the rumours around the network there has been speculation about backwards compatibility. Now think back to the console changes, with the AMD chipset. You will find that original games from PS1 / Ps2 and Ps3 will need to either be emulated on the new chipset or dropped entirely. The Wall Street Journal speculates that a recent acquisition by Sony of Gaikai hints towards a streaming service of the older games. So instead of running the code on the console you can just play it across the internet like a remote games console. Interesting idea.
The potential here is that the PS4 could provide one of the single most challenging technology changes to the franchise, with the choice to go with AMD chips. While it will prove to be cheaper it could potentially prove to be problematic for those reluctant to let go of their old gaming titles.
There will also be, like the rest of the games industry, a drive towards a single ownership model of games. The games will most likely be tied to your Playstation Account making is impossible to resell after use. This is nothing new, with everyone else looking towards the same model as revenues across various verticals in the gaming sector struggle to stay afloat.
There should also be a significant revamp of the Playstation Network, with more entertainment and social interaction features. It will be interesting to see how they will, indeed if they will leverage off the PS Vita to extend the consoles experience.
Were going ‘out on a limb’ here and really going to have a guess. The theory is with the move towards a solution that creates an ongoing cost model and reducing the second-hand gaming market the console should be cheaper. So here’s what we pick for a launch price :
- Playstation 4 (60gb Model) – $399.00 USD
- Playstation 4 (120gb Model) – $ 499.00 USD
- Playstation 4 (250gb Model) – $599.00 USD
It will be interesting to see just how they will break out the pricing model, however if they are working towards content pulled from the net I would be very surprised if they release a non hard drive version. It’s unlikely they will launch with 3 versions either, it will be just as easy to offer two choices, an entry choice and a serious gamer choice. The only rumours i can see on pricing is that the PS4 will be significantly cheaper than the PS3.