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New console will reportedly let you use your smartphone as a remote control

Tonight Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) is expected to announce details about its much-anticipated successor to the PlayStation 3, code-named Orbis.  Launched in 2006, the PS3 has had a rocky road, generally being third in sales, behind Nintendo Comp., Ltd. (TYO:7974) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT).  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, Kotaku is reporting potentially leaked details 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 and 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.

Playstation 4 Controller
The supposed "leaked" PS4 controller [Image Source: Kotaku]

The new PlayStation will locally network via Vita, 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.

Source: Kotaku



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RE: Times have changed?
By someguy123 on 2/20/2013 4:41:37 PM , Rating: 3
In the past costs were much lower for developers so people weren't sure what to expect. These days it's by the book sequels and excessive focus on cinematic "feeling". People aren't as excited because they've sucked a lot of the fun out of video games in favor of something closer to interactive movies.

Only things really improved are mp integration and multimedia.


RE: Times have changed?
By MrBlastman on 2/21/2013 11:09:26 AM , Rating: 2
Unless you play Dark Souls or Demon Souls. They are exceptions to the rule with amazingly deep gameplay and very little in lengthy, annoying dialogue laden interactions.

Don't get me wrong--dialogue is great, but when you saturate the experience like say Mass Effect 2 did with the obscene amount of talking and the vignettes of gameplay (salted in hour to two hour increments) it gets... annoying.

I just upgraded my PC. I have no interest in another console. Star Citizen is coming. What's that, console kids? Oh, sorry, you don't get to play it. :P


RE: Times have changed?
By LordanSS on 2/21/2013 4:16:55 PM , Rating: 2
Oh gosh, can't wait for Star Citizen... I will most certainly buy a next-gen card to run it next year.

But more importantly, need to buy a new kit of Joystick/Throttle for a HOTAS setup. My new dog chewed on my CH Pro Throttle USB's cable last year. =(

Thinking about something from Thrustmaster or maybe even Saitek....

Oh, the stars! How I missed thee! =)


RE: Times have changed?
By FITCamaro on 2/22/2013 7:30:39 AM , Rating: 2
I rather enjoy my "interactive movies". I want a good story. Not 20 hours of mindless blasting with ever more ridiculous weaponry.

My gaming time is limited so I play just the quality titles.

Also waiting for Star Citizen though. I plan to run my own private server for me and my friends. A quad core and 8GB of RAM on a 20Mbps down/15 Mbps up connection should suffice for the server and good ping times for all.


RE: Times have changed?
By NellyFromMA on 2/21/2013 1:12:24 PM , Rating: 2
Great point. Production / development costs back then were miniscule compared to today. It takes an extremely large amount of money to produce a game of acceptable quality these days for various reasons, legit and otherwise.


RE: Times have changed?
By BZDTemp on 2/21/2013 5:36:27 PM , Rating: 1
You need to wake up from your nostalgia trip.

Game play has improved in all sorts of ways since the old days and games are much more imersive and engaging. But don't take my word for it grab one of those amazing games from a couple of decades back and you'll quickly find the game play to be limited and repetitive.

It's not that I don't love the old games be it Galaga, Fort Apocalypse, Manic Miner, Stunt Car Racer, Pole Position, Donkey Kong, Wolfenstein 3D, Zork... but the reality is that when I load them up they are only of limited fun and it's more about the memories.


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