Sony Expected to Announce PlayStation 4 in February
Posted February 1, 2013 03:38 PM by Webmaster
Sony is apparently getting ready to announce its PlayStation 4 (PS4) console on February 20th in New York City. At least this is how many industry sources are interpreting a new 45-second video clip that has been leaked on the Internet.
According to an article published by The Hollywood Reporter, a Sony spokesperson in Tokyo has declined to confirm or deny that an official PS4 announcement is less than a month away.
Earlier this year, Sony also announced that it would cease production of its PS2, the best-selling console of all time, a move which various industry analysts interpreted as a confirmation that the PS4 will be launched soon.
I'll be honest, there's no point to a new console right now. What could it possibly offer that's better than the PS3? We're still going strong with Blu-Ray which the PS3 already has, if you want 3D then the PS3 already outputs it and it's not like games have made a revolutionary leap beyond the capabilities of the PS3 right now or in the near future. It does file-sharing, internet browsing, Bluetooth, Blu-Ray, social media, etc. Perhaps if it offered UltraHD technology then it would make sense but we won't be seeing any media in that format for a long while yet.
I'm still very happy with my PS3 and see no need to move on to something bigger and better when the PS3 is still popping out great games. I heard the PS4 may not be compatible with PS3 games, to me that is a deal breaker.
Unless it can suck a golf ball through a garden hose, I'll stand by my PS3.
I agree with you Rainman208. I'm not a fan of this cloud crap and it seems as though that is where we're headed. I think the PS3 still has potential and even in the next few months some big PS3 titles are coming out.
I still have the "Fat" machine with PS2 backward compatibility, and even I've found some of my old Gamestop used-disk PS2 haunts--like Persona or Sly Cooper--now showing up as 1gig virtual downloads on PSN, and some as new "hi-def upgrades". I've almost stopped looking at the old Used PS2 tables anymore, since I expect my favorite to show up in my living room any minute. (Still hanging on to my copy of Kingdom Hearts II, though.)
PS2 games may go the same way as PS One games, that can't be played except as soft revival downloads, but yes, greedy, regulated corporate Cloud-monopolies are hardly an excuse to go and make a whole new machine about it. I'm with DrJones; you just can't improve the 3's "It Only Does Everything", especially when it DOES.
And if they're planning to make it "diskless", I'm a Blu 3D owner with a few things to say about that.
Sony announced the PlayStation 3 a year and a half before it was released, and I really hope that essentially the same is true for their next console. A premature launch would hurt them, I think, with all the high-profile titles releasing later in the year or possibly even beyond that:
'The Last Guardian', 'Beyond: Two Souls', 'Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes', 'Grand Theft Auto V', 'Watch Dogs'
I hope this time around, Sony steal exclusive game companies from Microsoft, just like they did to Sony.. Time for PAY BACK!!! Games design straight up utilizing the system's power is always better then those multi-platform games!! Would love to see GTA and Final Fantasy games taking advantage again like they did on the previous Sony consoles...
kknight - "Games design straight up utilizing the system's power is always better then those multi-platform games!! Would love to see GTA and Final Fantasy games taking advantage again like they did on the previous Sony consoles..."
Back then it was the low powered PS2 keeping back the multiplatform games. At least in this generation there was less of a difference. You could really tell when a game had been designed for PS2 and ported to Gamecube or Xbox, the ports looked pretty shoddy compared to Xbox and Gamecube exclusives.
I'll get it, day (close to) one before they start eliminating things like SACD support, USB ports, and backwards compatibility like they did with the PS3 to make it cheaper. (see what I did there)
Of course, I'll still stick with my standalone for watching Blu-rays to lengthen the PS4's life span.
I'm kinda getting really pumped up for mjcavinder's announcement!
But I don't really see a reason to upgrade to a new system. The PS3 is a great little machine. I had stopped gaming altogether, sold off a super rare collection of games and the PS3 brought me back to the gaming community again! Blu-ray helped a bit but I embarrassingly admit I'm hooked on the PS3.
Graphics can't get much better and developers have still yet to realize what they should be investing in is better A.I. for enemies/npc's, etc. But seriously, what could they really offer us other than an all-cloud, no physical media device? No way, Son-ay.
@I-C: If they make the PS4 diskless, most would-be PS3 owners will have to go out and get a respectable standalone 3D Blu-ray player (they're affordable now), and the PS4's audience will be pitched to a sole game/network audience who JUST want to play Playstation Games online, and/or watch new downloadable features from PSN Store.
...I don't know any PS3 owners like that, do you? Didn't think so. :/
What I think the new features the PlayStation 4 will have is video playback in 4K resolution and at a high frame rate such as 48 frames/second. When I own The Hobbit Extended Edition Trilogy, I want to be able to see it the way I saw it at the movies.
On the other hand, I did earn $570 in 6 months to buy the original PS3 model 5 years ago, so I'm not jumping into the new consule right away.
Cool looking trailer. That's about it for me though. Sorry that I don't have much interest for a PS4. The PS3 was a HUGE jump from the PS2 and I have my original fat 60gb and also have a slim 160gb. Still use them both and love them. It'll be interesting, that if it is for the PS4, to see what great new features there will be on it. Regardless of new stuff on PS4, I am more than content with what I have now. At the moment, I almost feel that I'd start saving up for a PS5 and maybe just skip the 4. Not hating but sure feel there is a LOT of life left in the PS3. Like they future-proofed it too much maybe?
The original Playstation was based on a CD drive, the PS2 had a DVD drive, and the PS3 was the cheapest Blu-ray player available when the format debuted. Now we're looking at the PS4, at a time when Sony is trying to push 4K, but no-one has a home delivery system for 4K films - well, unless they just bought a TV for 25 grand... If the PS4 will not have the ability to play 4K films, then Sony are so dumb they would actually deserve to go out of business (which I hope they don't as, in spite of all their faults, they are my favourite tech company).
@Mr Blue - Again, the PS4 may have been trying to push "It's all CLOUD!", trying to create a future of all-diskless gaming.
In which case they would only -sort of- deserve to go out of business, but not as badly as if they supported 4K believing the mainstream public would actually buy them.
The PS2 and PS3 sold disk formats, but they didn't sell screen formats. Still looks like they're trying to get out of hard-disk games, though.
3 thigs have to happen for me to get it:
1.- It HAS to be Backwards Compatible with PS3
2.- When they start releasing Franchise games exclusive to the PS4 (Uncharted or some other)
3.- I'll wait for the eventual PS4 slim release, it's a safe bet the new release will have launch bugs and issues
To be quite honest I think the ps3 still has quite a but of life in it. My household has 3 PS3 and 3 XBOX 360. Basically each tv have both consoles hooked up. I don't see myself needing to buy another console for quite some time. Still I'm curious to see what the new system will have to offer.
Yea, I agree with the bacheler. I'm gonna wait on this myself. I've been a launch boy throughout and what I find is that the really good games don't come around till at least a year n half down the road so I'll hold out on this at first.
At this point, I can't see the Ps4 being a big leap from the Ps3 like that usit was from the Ps2. I'd hold off personally until the price dropped. However even if they do announce a PS4, It likely will not hit north american markets until next year. They announce these things way in advance, that's part of there marketing and hype strategies
lol at all the comments like "already?" ps3 still can be pushed further etc. Trust me this gen of consoles has gone on longer than previous.
Comments like graphics can't get better? Er yes of course they can lets get graphics what actually use the FULL HD resolution like PC's have had for 10 years.
It may not be as big a leap but it sure will be worth getting if your remotely interested in gaming. I will I just hope Europe don't get shafted regarding release dates like always..
# The greate artiste - Region coding is madatory regarding blu-rays otherwise Warner/Universal and vast majority of paramount/sony titles would be locked so no idea what your going on about. If DVD your referring to answer = DVD who?
Theres plenty they could improve on ,like include a fan again,Make it a better streamer,It gets a big C
when it comes to streaming off a computer,won't play Flax or High res audio files,won't play Pal or
Maybe a expensive ES version?
PS4 huh? Maybe this'll be the machine to get PlayStation Home out of Beta status? ;-)
But honestly, don't see anything massively ground-breaking on the PC side at the moment, so don't know what Sony can pull out of the technology box to make me go early-adoption on this. And if they push the Cloud-based software route, the PS3 may be the last generation of console gaming that I'll be doing.
Damoxuk, I was referring to Region coding for Blu-ray players, which include gaming consoles, not discs. DVD's have the DVD Copy Control Association , Blu-ray has the BDA (Blu-ray Disc Association). I'm confused by YOUR comment. I never mentioned DVD. FYI, Blu-ray regions: A, B, C. DVD regions: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8.
i still haven't maxed out what my current system will do...not even close! Hell I still don't even know what it CAN do! I have no need to upgrade, all my tvs are new....getting a 4K blu ray player would just mean new tvs, too. not interested!
I really don't understand why so many people hype 4k. There is little to no content and we're years away from a commercially viable 4k set. That and the fact that it will not be adopted since so many still don't watch HD content on their 1080 sets. To say nothing of the fact that we don't have bandwidth for 4k streaming. It's just not gonna happen guys. Not for a long time.
To clear up some confusion:
The PS3 does support both 3D games and movies. I use it for both.
The most feasible rumors for the PS4:
Will play Blu-ray movies, but will not be backwards compatible for PS1/2/3 games.
PS1/2/3 games will be available via download through PSN
Requires internet connection to play games
Once a game is registered to a PSN account, it will not run on another account, meaning it will not play used games.
Processing power is greatly improved
Controller will have a touch-pad feature
Although the PS4 may be capable of processing in 4K, it is not likely to export 4K as there is no standard delivery for this, and 4K display availability will be very rare for a few years. 3D is likely because the PS3 is already doing it.
As long as it is better then PS3 then I might buy it p. but several questions remain like what kind of processor will be running it. Will the processor be dual core or quad core or something else along these lines. Will it still support playing blu ray discs. I think that it would be a mistake for Sony to have it support 4K discs since this media isn't really out yet. If Sony plans on making this more social media like then I will most likely not be buying it. I don't see the point in Sony turning their famous game console into something it's not meant to be. Sony please keep it simple like PS3 and keep the price down.
Well Sony's PlayStation is more advance than the Xbox. Xbox 720 will have blu-ray drive finally and Sony is doing 4K already. The PlayStation 4 will be the best out there. Better graphics than 1080P. Look Xbox 360 had 1080p on HD-DVD disc while PS3 had 720P equivillant to HD-DVD's 1080P. Now that the next gem consoles are coming out, you have to think better than ever. For Xbox it will have to be a Blu-Ray player drive and as for the PS4 it will have a 4K Blu-Ray drive 2X more than 1080P. Just think Call Of Duty, Infamous, Uncharted, God Of War,Killzone, Resisitance, etc. games coverted in 4K on a 1080P HDTV. The Graphics will be awesome and amazing. And as for the audio. I think we will now have Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HDMA, possibly Datasat HD(DTS for theaters) come into play for audio.
I'm an XBOX 360 owner, but come on people. I really hate fanboys. The next Playstation will be great, and the next XBOX will be great. There will be VERY LITTLE difference between the two systems. They'll both be highly advanced, powerful monster machines, and they'll both have blu-ray. Get whichever one you like the most, or even get both. Just stop being fanboys. It looks so childish.