PlayStation 4 to Stream PS3 Games

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.

Source: WSJ via Joystiq

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Next-Gen Xbox (Durango) to Require Internet Connection, No Used Game Functionality

A source held by EDGE Magazine has confirmed that the next-gen Xbox’s rumored specs are accurate.  These specs include “an AMD eight-core x64 1.6 GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.”  The hard drive capacity is unknown for now, but it’s speculated that “Microsoft’s extended commitment to online delivery suggests that it will be the largest unit it has put inside a console to date.”

EDGE is claiming that their inside source is saying that the next-gen Xbox games will be on 50GB Blu-ray discs; it’s also believed that these discs will ship with a one-use activation code that will have no use past the first redemption.  What would this mean for the average consumer?  No more used games would be functional on such a console!

We have already begun to see a similar model when it comes to the online component of console games.  Quite a few big budget games are packaged with an online multiplayer activation code these days.

Development sources have told EDGE that Sony’s console unit architecture is more preferable.  Apparently, development studios working with the next-gen Xbox are being forced to work with a more oppressive operating system compared to Sony.  If Sony doesn’t follow suit with game activation codes, they are going to have numerous advantages going in to the next-gen market.

Hopefully, the one-use activation codes are just speculation and never come to fruition.  Something like that would be devastating to stores like GameStop and services such as Gamefly (both of which rely heavily on the used game market.)

EDIT:  Forbes has reported that, because of the article published by EDGE, GameStop shares took a 6.8% dive at a loss of $1.81 per share.  They also stated that used game sales account for 28% of GameStop’s overall sales and 48% of their gross profits.

For more information, please visit the good guys over at Kotaku and EDGE!

Possible PlayStation 4 Announcement – February 20

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.

Source: Kotaku

Playstation 4 Details Have Emerged

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:

  • System Memory: 8GB
  • Video Memory: 2.2 GB
  • CPU: 4x Dual-Core AMD64 “Bulldozer” (so, 8x cores)
  • GPU: AMD R10xx
  • Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 2x Ethernet
  • Drive: Blu-Ray
  • HDD: 160GB
  • Audio Output: HDMI & Optical, 2.0, 5.1 & 7.1 channels

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.