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PlayStation 4 rumour round-up ahead of PlayStation Meeting

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on 20 February 2013

There’s not long to go now until the PlayStation Meeting begins and we finally find out what Sony wants to tell the world. You’ll be able to keep up with all the announcements by watching the live stream at PSU, but until then we’ve gathered together some of the strongest rumours that have been floating around the web.

1. PS4 controller triggers may be curved inward, leaked photo shows new angle

There’s already been a couple of leaked photos ahead of the PlayStation Meeting. This particular one shows a subtle redesign of the DualShock 3 with the L2 and R2 buttons curved inwards and possibly a touchpad running across the top.

2. PlayStation World may replace PS Plus and PSN for PlayStation 4

This won’t be a popular decision among PS4 gamers who have been enjoying PS3’s online services for free since day one, but rumour has it that Sony may replace these two services for one complete package that gamers will have to pay for.

3. Gran Turismo 6 a PS4 launch title

The sixth instalment of one of Sony’s most exciting, exclusive franchises could be announced at the PlayStation Meeting. A video released only yesterday by Sony showcases the Evolution of PlayStation and spends a lot of time highlighting one particular series. Could it be a hint of what’s to come? We certainly hope so.

4. Final Fantasy PS4 announcement?

All kinds of influential people from the world of gaming are heading to New York City for the PlayStation Meeting, including Yoshihisa Hashimoto, Technical Director for Square Enix. After the brilliant "Agni's Philosophy" demo at E3 last year, could we he about to tell us more about a PS4 Final Fantasy?

5. Gaikai PS4 streaming reveal

The Gaikai deal was signed with Sony some time ago, but lips have been sealed ever since as to what this meanss for the future of PlayStation. With numerous websites relating to the PlayStation Cloud recently registered, it seems it's almost time to lift the lid.

6. PS3 price cut

It's inevitable that Sony will highlight the success of the PS3 and there's still "plenty of life" in it, we're told. Analysts are expecting Sony to deliver a price cut, which usually arrives when a next-gen console is announced.

7. Quantic Dream preparing for big announcement

Guillaume de Fondaumiere, co-CEO of Quantic Dream, is in New York right now. The Heavy Rain developer may turn up for a spot at the big event. There's rumour that he may even reveal the PS4 game Singularity.

8. PS4 will be significantly cheaper than PS3

It's uncertain whether Sony will go as far as to reveal the price of the PS4 at this early stage, but if it's rumoured to be as cheap as this then it could be a brilliant move to let the world know as soon as possible.

9. PS4 unlikely to offer backwards compatibility

Straight from the mouth of Blake Jorgensen, chief financial officer of Electronic Arts, who believes that Sony will not offer backwards compatibility but will concentrate more on deeper cross-connectivity, with phones, tablets and other such devices.

10. Dual-camera to come boxed with all PS4s

Without a doubt, Sony will continue to make use of PlayStation Move and augmented reality gaming. The PlayStation Eye camera is pretty naff, so a brand spanking new camera is likely in the works. Will it be confirmed at the PlayStation Meeting?

Check out some of our other articles on the PlayStation Meeting, including "What will Sony's next-gen console be called?" and "5 mistakes Sony should avoid at the PlayStation Meeting."