What to expect from PS4 reveal on February 20, predictions and insight
- Posted February 5th, 2013 at 11:51 EDT by Steven Williamson
- 19 Comments
(continued from previous page) ...a variety of community options. Both new features seem entirely feasible to give gamers a wider range of input options that can take advantage of new control schemes similar to what we enjoy on Vita, which would encourage developers to create more games that take advantage of motion-sensing and touchscreen.
We wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if this new controller is showcased at the NYC event, though we wouldn't expect to get hands-on with it until E3 in June.
Sony is preparing to usher gamers into a new console era with cloud gaming and Gaikai, the cloud-streaming company that it purchased for $380 million in 2012. This is a huge area for Sony over the next couple of years so it may not want to go into real depth on cloud gaming at this reveal event for fear of over-shadowing the hardware, but you can bet it will be talked about in some capacity. Though we suspect this isn’t going to happen overnight, the introduction of cloud gaming on PS4 could mark the end of physical software as products get streamed from a remote server.
In the first instance, it seems likely that gamers will be able to access demoes via the cloud, meaning that they won’t need to download content onto the PS4 because it will all be streamed. This could extend to providing the back catalogue of older PlayStation games via the cloud, though the possibilities for cloud gaming on PS4 are endless, including the option to stream full games at launch. The world isn’t quite ready for cloud gaming on this scale yet though. We’ve already seen with the likes of OnLive in the U.K struggling because it relies on the user having a very strong broadband connection to get the most out of it. Give it a couple of years though and this could be an incredible service.
Does Vita have a part to play?
PlayStation Vita is still in its infancy and Sony certainly won’t want to overshadow it totally with PS4 as it hopes to swell its disappointing install base. In fact, expect Vita to become more desirable with the launch of the PS4. There’s a very strong rumour that Vita could end up being bundled with PlayStation 4 at a very tempting price. If that is the case - and Vita perhaps even acts as a second screen for PS4 - then Sony's handheld will fly off the shelves.
With a bigger install base too, more developers will sit up and take notice and develop better games. People will definitely like Vita if they try it; the problem is a lot of people haven’t due to the price. Bundling it with PS4 at a knock-down price is the perfect solution to get it into more hands worldwide and the whole Vita community will benefit from more available titles and better games from third-party developers.
The SHARE button, rumoured to be a feature on the new PS4 controller, will also help connect Vita and PS4 more easily, while the cloud-streaming service could really benefit handheld owners – perhaps we’ll be able to stream demoes on Vita without having to wait for long downloads? It seems feasible that Vita will be mentioned in some capacity at the NYC event.
While it seems likely that these will be the main subjects covered at the New York press event on February 20, at this point we can only speculate. PSU will be at the event to provide coverage of all the news as it drops so be sure to join us as we take this exciting step into the new console generation together. And do let us know what you're expecting from the NYC PS4 press event...
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- 12:21pm EST - February 5th, 2013
Gotta admit that controller design looks uglier than the boomerang
jimjim141 | jtuohy
- 12:21pm EST - February 5th, 2013
Sorry but I do not believe for one second that the PS4 would be released in the Q1 of 2014. Vita was originally planned to be relesed in 2011 worldwide, but due to the tsunami and earthquakes in asia, it came out in US & EU in February. PS3 was also planned for a simultaneous worldwide release, however blu ray diodes and cell shortages it was delayed it for Europe. My point being is that they will aim for a simultaneous worldwide release for the PS4 and if they have no problems with production then we should see that. If the Wii U could release worldwide at roughly the same time, why not Sony?
- 12:30pm EST - February 5th, 2013
It's Hammer time..
Bring it on sony, i hope there will be live converge because i want to watch the whole thing live!!
i'm sure kaz & co will have some news for us
jamesobachand | snake2112
- 12:43pm EST - February 5th, 2013
I'm just excited to see it for now :)
navenalyd | navenalyd
- 12:46pm EST - February 5th, 2013
What? No Countdown on the PSU.com home page??? :wink
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 12:47pm EST - February 5th, 2013
Nice specs, but I know their going to change, they always do. That controller does look like crap, thank God its not final design. I can't wait to see what the hardware is going to dish out for gaming (not just on graphics). Also, Im really anticipating on seeing what the final console/controller design will look like.
- 1:04pm EST - February 5th, 2013
I still think the PS4 will only be slightly better than a PS3. I don't see how graphics can be that much better, and that's always a huge thing when generations switch over. The controller only looks "slightly" different. Getting a blu ray player in the system is also something "not new." It was a big deal to get it on the PS3 and a big deal to get a DVD player out of the PS2. And even a big deal to get a CD player out of a PS1. A blu ray on the PS4 is nothing special. All the specs I don;t understand, so I'll have to wait and see videos. That will tell a lot. Cmon Feb 20...GET HERE!
That said, I'll probably be waiting in line when the PS4 drops. These are just my initial thoughts.
- 1:18pm EST - February 5th, 2013
I really hope it has a good lineup prepared for launch. I dont really mind the look of the controller as ultimately its just a thing in my hand and not in front of my face. I can get used to a banana with buttons on it if need be. Adaptability is the name of the game people, we arent accessorizing with these controllers are we? As long as it aint uncomfortable, I dont really care.
I definitely would like for them to delve into cloud gaming sometime during the next generation. Also more support for mmos please, as the console offerings at the moment are either paltry or non existent. Give the system a better internet browser as well. That should be common sense but web surfing on my vita still feels like something that would've been barely acceptable in like 2007.
I agree with spotted in that the improvement probably wont be earth shattering like in the previous generation jumps (at least at first). Ive seen a bunch of what if articles and the realitme tech demoes from Unreal (Samaritan) and Square Enix. Sadly we know this will obvioously not be the standard for next gen. However, here's to hoping that one game manages to reach such heights and become the new Uncharted of next gen. I think if the bar were to raise, it'd be evident in that multiplatform games of next gen MAY look like the exclusive titles of today, and a FEW of the exclusive titles of next gen MAY look like those amazing tech demos.
Wouldn't hold my breath on that though.
Nakatomi Uk | Nakatomi_Uk
- 3:29pm EST - February 5th, 2013
4X AMD DUAL CORE BULLDOZERS so are they spreading the chips across then to save heat and potential CPU failure across the system board???
- 4:14pm EST - February 5th, 2013
I actually differ with you, I think Sony will stick to Japan's tradition to skip the number 4 and they'll name it something else, but I don't think they'll use the codename Orbis as part of the name.
As for the controller, I think and I hope they'll take this chance to make it ergonomically better; it's been a cosntant point of criticism from XBox users who start usin PS and even PS users who have both systems, so I think Sony will improve upon it without making the changes too drastic like they tried with the PS3.
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 4:15pm EST - February 5th, 2013
@9- Those are development kit specs, the setup will change when the console goes into production. It would be pretty stupid to have 4 cpu chips on the mainboard, the cooling system would have to be massive to get the heat out. Im sure there will be multiple cores on a singe chip when everything is said and done, because its cheeper production wise. Their are different model multi core Bulldozer chips that currently exist, it depends on which one Sony throws in the next Playstation, unless their is a particular version that is being made only for the PS4. Too early to tell right now.
- 4:18pm EST - February 5th, 2013
i still dont understand the use of the touch pad. I dont have a vita so I dont know what its used for in those games... but its on the opposite side where your fingers are already right next to. on this you would have to completely ignore either the dpad or the x/triangle/O/square buttons, to touch it... seems sort of a hassle.
1solidsnake | solid1snake67
- 7:56pm EST - February 5th, 2013
do a screen of the controler like wii tablet make it that size with share button start and select and w/e else they can do but not that controller
- 1:43am EST - February 6th, 2013
Tera-bytes! We need them at least 4 to 5.
masta_js | masta_js
- 6:15am EST - February 6th, 2013
@ 7Even though they are sticking with the BluRay drive, i think they'll go foward with ultra hd and lower hd capabilities for gaming and videos etc. Or a higher capacity bluray disc with even more space then the previous.Anyways we'll have to see for ourselves on the 20th feb.About the 160 hdd it don't matter as long as you can replace it later with a bigger hdd. Besides it makes PS4 less expensive at launch.
- 12:20pm EST - February 6th, 2013
Gran turismo 6
Metal gear solid 5
Star wars game with Move
- 12:32pm EST - February 6th, 2013
Considering that cell chips and blu-ray drives have gotten cheaper, here's hoping to PS4 having complete backwards compatibility with the PS3.
- 5:43pm EST - February 7th, 2013
"We could stick “rumour” at the beginning of the headline above but we’d just be teasing you"
This is a very poor starting sentence as the majority of information in this article were rumours - the rest was just speculation!
A lot of this article was very misleading: we don't know that the PS4 is going to be announced, that's just a likely assumption; we don't know a release window; and we certainly don't know any of the specifications - that's all rumours from outside sources.
Please stop passing rumours of as facts, PSU. I don't mind all these articles about rumours, as long as it's stated that they are just that. I do actually believe that a lot of what was stated will be true, but until it's announced officially, please make it clear that it's a rumour, as if I hadn't read the previous articles, I would have taken all this as fact and would have been very misled. Don't act like these rumours are facts, because until they're confirmed, they are just that: rumours.
- 2:59am EST - February 8th, 2013
Here's an idea:
What if PS4 had an integrated DVR in it? I mean wouldn't it be great for gamers to seamlessly record video of whatever they're playing?
PS2 had DVD, PS3 Blu-Ray, PS4 Blu-Ray + DVR...
Thoughts anyone? :)
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