The rumor/announcement comes from sources of the Wall Street Journal “familiar” with the plans of Sony regarding the PlayStation 4. The report claims that the streaming of current PS3 games will coexist with games on optical media sold through traditional means.
This rumor seems plausible since Sony acquired the streaming company Gaikai last year for the tidy sum of $380 million.
It’s expected that Sony will officially make an announcement on the subject during their event on the 20th.
There has been a lot of anticipation within the gaming community as to what Sony is going to announce for their next-gen console. Well, if the video posted on the official PlayStation blog is any indicator, the wait for an announcement may soon be over.
The video only contains teaser elements and no solid proof that it’s a PlayStation 4 announcement but it could be possible. The Sony event will take place in New York City at 6pm EST on (you guessed it) February 20.
Information has supposedly now been leaked from official Orbis PDF documentation, according to Kotaku. The only specs available so far are from a PS4 developer kit; the console is for development purposes and not the general public. The final specs may differ, but the dev kit specs are:
It was noted by Kotaku that the reason the console has two ethernet ports is, once again, because it’s the developer version and not the retail release; same reason the HDD is so small. As you can see, the specs are not that far off from what Microsoft is offering with it’s Durango project.
Another thing of note is the fact that Sony is finally making bigger additions to the classic Playstation controller. The controller has stayed roughly the same since the original Playstation console, but there are some additional goodies this time around. According to Kotaku, Sony is adding a capacitive touch pad to the (presumed) back of the controller that can be clicked as an extra button; it will also feature “two-point multi-touch” input. There’s also a ‘Share’ button on the controller, but it’s unclear as to what it actually does at the moment. Perhaps the button will allow you to share certain aspects of your gaming experience with your social networks?
One major addition to the controller is the fact that Sony plans to tie user accounts to the controllers which will allow multiple accounts to be logged in at once. This means that you will be able to log in to multiple PSN accounts on the same console via additional controllers. “Accounts won’t be ‘locked’ to a controller; you’ll simply be prompted to sign in to an account every time an extra pad is connected to the console,” says Kotaku. If all of that is true, this could be great news for people who like to game at a friend’s house and fret about not getting credit on their personal accounts.
Of course, as with any information leak, none of this information has been confirmed or denied by Sony so things could possibly change between now and the console’s release.