PS4: hands-on, name, pricing, software and more - PSU predicts NYC next-gen reveal event
- Posted February 8th, 2013 at 07:35 EDT by Steven Williamson
- 10 Comments
We were having a rather slow, boring few weeks to be honest – it’s usually like that in the first couple of months of the gaming year - when Sony all of a sudden woke us up by releasing this mysterious video and sending us an invite to an event in New York City
Though it still hasn’t been officially confirmed by Sony that the PS4 will be revealed at the event, the industry is 99.9 percent that this will be the case and PSU will be heading there to give you the lowdown direct from New York City.
Since the invite, we’ve been wildly speculating as to what we’ll actually see and hear at the event so we thought it would be a good idea to share our thoughts with you and also ask what you think Sony will have up its sleeve on February 20th.
Here’s some predictions from the PSU staff…
Ernest Lin – Editor & Writer
Like I said in last week's Podcast Derailed, I think my biggest prediction is that the next PlayStation will not be named the PS4 and instead "PlayStation Orbis" or "PlayStation (other name)." Why's that? The number 4 is an unlucky number in several Asian cultures including Chinese, Korean, & Japanese. Phones and electronics in these countries have skipped using the number 4 before. The Korean electronics company Samsung is set to reveal their next flagship Galaxy phone, which should be the Galaxy S IV. The model number of the S IV has been revealed as being GT-i9500, instead of GT-i9400. Throughout many Asian countries, including Japan, buildings like hotels and hospitals will not have a fourth floor or even rooms with the number four in them. The closest Western equivalent would be the superstition around the number 13.
The superstition comes from the sound for the number "four" being a homophone to the word for "death" in many Asian languages, which trace their origins to Chinese. In Japanese, the verb "to die" is "shinu" (死ぬ) with the Chinese kanji character in the word (死) spoken as "shi" and meaning "death." The word for four is also pronounced as "shi." As someone who is Asian, I feel it is a big enough superstition for Sony to avoid the PlayStation 4 name. They don't want the PlayStation to die!
Mike Harradence – Managing Editor
“Sony’s apparent decision to lift the curtains on PlayStation 4 later this month seems to me like they are attempting to get one-up on Microsoft, something which they failed to do with the PS3. As such, I would expect more than just a fleeting glimpse at its next home console, though at the same time they don’t want to shoot all the big guns until E3 or TGS. However, I reckon the PlayStation Meeting will leave our jaws well and truly floored.
For one, I expect a full gander at the machine itself, including name (i'm still going with 'PS4'), projected release date and some raw specs. However, I have a feeling Sony will opt to leave the controller unveil to a later date. Gaikai is a must-show, though, with confirmation hopefully that it will be replacing traditional backwards compatibility – something which Sony eschewed from latter PS3 models.
As for software, I do not expect any playable demoes, though we’ll definitely get a look at some major first-party titles. Naughty Dog, Polyphony Digital, Sony Santa Monica and Guerrilla Games are some of the studios I expect to be there in full force showcasing what next-gen gems they have up their sleeves. I would like to see some fresh IP from these guys though (with the possible exception of Polyphony) aside from the predictable sequel route.
As for the rest, that’ll no doubt be at E3.”
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Fraser Miller – Writer
I'm going to put forward the fact Guerrilla Games must have something to show off that will more than entice people to really want this new system. Could it be a new Killzone or a brand new shooter ready to take the world by storm? Also what has Polyphony Digital been up to? Perhaps they’ll be a brand new instalment of Gran Turismo shown off which will then ... (continued on next page)
- 7:59am EST - February 8th, 2013
- 8:00am EST - February 8th, 2013
Great article guys, it's very interesting to read all of your opinions on what will happen. I also really like the countdown you have up at the top of the page, helps even more with the excitement I have.
As for what I think will happen, well obviously they will be announcing the next console. I don't believe it will be called the PS4, like so many others do as well. I think they will follow what they did with the Vita and give it a unique name, whether that will be the Orbis or not, we'll have to see. There will be a bunch of videos like at the NGP announcement just showing off some of the features. I also think we'll see a video of some of the games, and probably one live demo. I dont think they will announce the price yet, no reason to do that, especially before Microsoft shows off their console. Oh and they will show off the controller and it will be pretty much what is shown above in that mock-up, just maybe a little more similar to the dualshock. I'm really excited to see what happens though and announcement can't come quickly enough.
- 8:06am EST - February 8th, 2013
Thanks for your input!
I'm really split on whether I think it will be named PS4 or not. Ernest makes a good point, but at the same time I think they'd be daft not to call it PS4.
1solidsnake | solid1snake67
- 8:44am EST - February 8th, 2013
:) i caNT WAIT!
- 11:53am EST - February 8th, 2013
This superstition around the number 4 is stupid. It's pathetic avoiding using a number just because it sounds like something bad. That just goes to show how flawed Japanese/Asian language is - to the extent that people will avoid using it! If it's that bad, why not go with PlayStation IV?
Dane Smith's segment made me laugh, it was a great idea to include funny suggestions amongst a myriad of speculation!
Also, I sure as h*** hope that PS4 controller concept is nothing like the final design. Whoever created it should be shot. It's worse than the Xbox 360 controller, if it looks anything like that, I'll be severely disappointed. At least they got the analogue sticks in the right place...
Finally, it's great to see that all you guys are capable of doing Michael Pachter's job for him!
- 2:44pm EST - February 8th, 2013
Hahah, that last comment about Michael Pachter made my day! And cheers for the comments everyone.
- 3:40pm EST - February 8th, 2013
For me the name is a long way down the list of importace, i'm more interested in the machines capabilities,what it's packing under the hood, will it be 4k compatable, whats the launch line up, what the new dualshock looks like and what peripherals it will have. As Sony will most likely launch in Japan and the US first, they wont want to risk calling it something that is considered bad luck in Asian countries. As for the event itself, I think they will show a reel with three to four second snipets of some of the games in production. I also think they will have the machine there but it will be hidden inside some sort of casing with the new name lit up on the front of it. We might see a prototype duelshock getting used as they show off what the PS4 is capable of with some real time demos. I think this is purely to drum up exitement with the new console as well as get ahead of Microsoft this time round. What the console looks like and the finalised dualshock will be shown at E3 i think as well as some suprise titles and the full launch line up. PLEASE MAKE IT A WORLD WIDE LAUNCH. If Nintendo can do it so can Sony.
- 9:10am EST - February 11th, 2013
pretty easy for games :
Star Wars Move game
new Quantic dream game with Kara
Richie98 | rics1998
- 12:06pm EST - February 17th, 2013
OMG,I can't wait,lot of exclusives(i have a feeling xbox will loose next gen,nintendo phh)
- 12:52pm EST - February 17th, 2013
Maybe they'll call it PS4 in the United States and other non-asian countries, and 'Playstation Orbis' or whatever in the asian countries. Wouldn't be the first time a console had the name changed in different countries.
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