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Rumor Roundup: PlayStation 4

Feb20This Wednesday is an important day for gaming.

Price

Following the PlayStation 3’s high price tag when it initially launched in 2006, there’s plenty of speculation surrounding the next console’s pricing and whether or not it is acceptable. GameIndustry.biz predicts the next PlayStation will retail for $350-400 later this year.

Specs

The PlayStation 3 is hands down the most powerful console to ever grace our living rooms, but its impressive hardware was also the reason it cost as much as $599 at launch. Last April, IGN reported the next PlayStation would sport custom chips based on AMD’s A8-3850 APU and Radeon HD 7670 GPU.

The A8-3850 has a quad-core 2.9GHz processor and will work with the HD 7670, a DirectX 11-enabled card clocked at 1GHz with 1GB VRAM.

The HD 7670 allows PC games such as Metro 2033 and Crysis 2 to be played at the highest settings with  resolution of 1920×1080 (1080p) and with framerates just over 30 frames-per-second.

Kotaku posted a story last month claiming the system may boast 8GB RAM, 2.2 video memory, a 4x Dual-Core AMD64 “Bulldozer” processor and an AMD R10xx GPU.

Launch Date

Despite its pending announcement, it’s believed we’ll see the next PlayStation before the end of the year. According to VG247, Sony is planning to release their next console ahead of the next Xbox.

Despite many developers and publishers being told it may release before the end of the year, some believe that it will launch in 2014.

Name

The rumored name of the PlayStation 4 has been disputed for some time although it’s believe it could be named the Orbis. Last March, Kotaku posted a story containing alleged details that the next PlayStation would be named PlayStation Orbis. Details came from “a reliable source who is not authorized to talk publicly about next-gen hardware but has shared correct information with [Kotaku] before.”

The word “Orbis” is Latin for circle, or ring, or orbit. This would be an interesting name considering the PlayStation Vita’s name is Latin for life. Orbis Vita? Circle of Life? Interesting.

PS4 Controller

Controller

Unlike previous PlayStaion consoles, Sony will ditch the Dualshock controllers when they launch the next PlayStation, according to CVG. Their sources claimed the new controller would feature “biometric sensors on the grips and an LCD touch screen.” Another source claimed that engineers are “trying to emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita.”

An image of the controller (pictured above) was leaked by Destructoid last week and has a touch sensitive pad where the Start and Select buttons are placed on Dualshock controllers.

SquishyMuffin, a GameTrailers forum member, had hands on access with the new controller and offered this description:

The triggers are much more similar to the Xbox 360 ‘springy’ triggers. That’s a microphone (similar to VITA, Wii U) and that is also a headset port. Touch screen is resistive display, single touch, used for battery levels, friend lists, mini u.i blah blah. Taken a while ago, only had access to it via someone else.

The controller has been labeled an early prototype. A higher-res photo can be viewed here.

Cloud Gaming

In July 2012, Sony announced that they bought Gaikai, a cloud gaming service similar to OnLive, for $380 million.

With cloud gaming, you can play games like Mass Effect 3 on Facebook or Hitman: Absolution on Google Chrome while the graphics and sound are being processed on servers faraway. It’s like playing your PS3 with an extremely long controller cord. There’s no question as to why Sony wouldn’t use that to their advantage with their hardware. Just today, Wall Street Journal reported that the next PlayStation will stream PS3 games.

Since the acquisition [of Gaikai in July of 2012 for $380 million], Sony has been investing heavily to prepare Gaikai’s technology to enhance its new console, the people familiar with Sony’s plans said. Sony has been preparing the technology to be used to allow users to play current PlayStation 3 games on the device, making a broader array of titles available at the outset, these people said. The new device is also expected to play new games stored on optical discs.

With the ability to stream PlayStation 3 games, it’s possible the next PlayStation won’t be read PS3 blu-ray discs.

used game

War on Used Games

Last month, a NeoGAF thread revealed that Sony had filed a patent to check a game disc’s RFID tag, which remembers if that game has been linked to other systems or accounts.

Jack Tretton, head honcho of Sony Computer Entertainment America, said that he’s against the idea of blocking used games. However, the call would be made and finalized by Sony Computer Entertainment in Tokyo.

We don’t know anything for sure but we hope to learn more this Wednesday during Sony’s NYC press event, which is expected to be the debut of the next PlayStation. Check back to iGo Gaming for the news and follow on Twitter @iGoGaming for live updates during the conference.

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    • Brian
    • February 18th, 2013

    blocking used games will block me out of the market for it.

      • orbilator
      • February 19th, 2013

      Yeah well good bye then as they all gonna go that way. Blame shops that sell second hand games. If they gave some royalties to the publishers then we wouldn’t be here but they dont and just pocket LL the cashi

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