Report: Sony PS4 to Start at $429, Launch in November
February 20, 2013 2:01 PM
New console will reportedly let you use your smartphone as a remote control
Sony Corp. (
) is expected to announce details about its
to the PlayStation 3, code-named
. Launched in 2006, the PS3 has had a rocky road, generally
being third in sales
, behind Nintendo Comp., Ltd. (
) and Microsoft Corp. (
). But the seventh generation console did
succeed in pushing Sony's Blu-Ray technology
as the next generation optical media of choice.
Ahead of the official announcements,
of the eighth generation follow-up, which is expected to launch in time for the holidays this year. The site writes:
Our source—the same reliable source who back in early 2012 told us
the codename for Sony's next console
the codename for Microsoft's next console
—tells us that there are two models planned for the new machine, and that pricing won't be announced until later this year, possibly around E3. The current plan, our source says, is to release them at $429 and $529, but that could change.
Those prices would be significantly cheaper than the PS3, which launched starting at $499 USD for a 20 GB console.
The console will reportedly get a new controller with a smaller touchpad in the center, and possibly a special button on the controller to share content. The source also indicates that you'll be able to use your tablet or smartphone as a remote control/controller for the console. And you'll be able to run client apps on popular tablets/smartphones to schedule games to download or to chat with your PlayStation Network buddies.
The supposed "leaked" PS4 controller [Image Source: Kotaku]
The new PlayStation will locally network
, and will feature a new service called PlayStation Eye (not to be confused with the Eye Toy) which allows you to watch streams of your friends' playing games (if they allow it). PlayStation Plus will be replaced by PlayStation World; most of the networked services will be only available via this premium option (Microsoft is going a similar route with Xbox Live).
Are these details fact or fiction? We likely will find out tonight.
"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook
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