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The Countdown: Sony's D-Day, Everything we know about PS4

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Initial post: Feb 20, 2013, 4:04:00 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2013, 4:05:07 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:

Here we go. At 6pm Eastern Time (11pm UK) tonight Sony Computer Entertainment will kick off its PlayStation Meeting event in New York City, where it is certain to announce the next generation home PlayStation console.

In preparation for the big reveal, we've prepared a catch up of all the known technical details, controller specs and key games expected to appear on the next-generation PlayStation.

CVG will be reporting live - with video - from Sony's PlayStation Meeting from 6pm Eastern Time (11pm UK) tonight via our live blog.

The console

Codenamed 'Orbis' back in 2010, the later iteration of Sony's next-gen devkits offered 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, which is capable of moving data at a blistering 176 gigabytes per second. On the graphics front, Sony is utilising AMD's 'R10XX' architecture, alongside its codenamed 'Liverpool' system-on-chip.

In real terms this should, combined with an eight-core AMD CPU clocked at 1.6GHz, eliminate the sort of bottlenecks that hampered PS3 game performance.

PS4 will be capable of running visually advanced titles such as Star Wars 1313, Watch Dogs and fully supported by next gen game engines such as Square Enix's Luminous tech and Unreal engine 4.

In addition, the new PlayStation is said to feature - at devkit level at least - a drive for increased capacity Blu-ray discs, multiple USBs, Ethernet, HDMI, Optical ports and a 160GB HDD.

CVG sources claim that each console will ship with the next-gen PlayStation Eye camera which is said to contain a pair of wide-angle cameras that will pick up signals from the new DualShock 4 controllers.

Sony has patented various used games circumventions in the past 18 months, though it's not yet clear if it will enact a move to combat pre-owned game usage.

The platform holder is unlikely to price or date its machine before production starts - it will want to gauge public reaction before making decisions even internally. However, Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun claimed earlier this month that Sony has internally set the PS4 price above 40,000 Yen - a figure that would represent about $430/£275 at current exchange rates.

PS4 will almost certainly release at the end of 2013 in most territories, though an Edge report has claimed the console won't launch in Europe until after Christmas 2013. Sony Europe CEO Jim Ryan has previously claimed such a decision would not at all be Sony's ambitions.
The Controller

The PlayStation 4 controller is set to combine motion control, touch and traditional analogue buttons to offer a fresh spin on a more familiar interface.

Leaked photo of the PS4 controller Leaked photo of the PS4 controller
At first glance the face buttons on the leaked prototype controller (pictured right) seem relatively unchanged. Look closer though, and you'll notice that the PS4 d-pad has been redesigned to more closely resemble the PS Vita's (often the preferred choice within core gamer circles).

PlayStation's trademark twin anolog sticks have undergone a redesign from its predecessor, now employing concave indents that provide enhanced grip. From what one games developer has heard, this analogue redesign is not just for the dev kits - it will feature on all commercial pads.

Sony has also moved the sticks slightly further apart, but has resisted calls to switch the positions of the d-pad and analogue sticks.

They're not visible in the leaked pic, but a report last week claimed that the L2 and R2 shoulder buttons have been remodelled. A development source has confirmed to CVG that the pictured pad also uses concave shoulder buttons for enhanced grip.

CVG mock-up of the PS4 controller CVG mock-up of the PS4 controller
Three additional buttons (Start, Select and the previously rumoured 'Share' button) are nowhere to be found in the picture. However, CVG understands that the touch-pad itself is clickable, and it appears that two small buttons are embedded either side of the new touch pad.

The grill beneath the touch pad houses an internal speaker system, while at the base there is a headphone jack input.

An illuminated panel along the top can change colour and behaves just like a Move controller, a development source has told CVG. Combined with the same gyro and velocity sensors introduced with the PlayStation 3's Sixaxis, the PS4 pad is said to be an "enhanced motion control device".

Each console will ship with the next-gen PlayStation Eye camera, which at a very basic level would enable Wii-style pointer functionality without sacrificing the mainstay controller features the core has come to expect.

If it works, then the controller could be ideal for navigation, while FPS twin-stick controls might finally make way for mouse-like twitch aiming - and all without giving up the dozens of buttons and triggers that support the core gaming experience.

The Games

You need only glance at PlayStation's barren July-to-December release schedule for evidence that new first-party Sony games are an algebraic certainty for the PlayStation Meeting.

Media Molecule's Tearaway (PS Vita) Media Molecule's Tearaway (PS Vita)
LittleBigPlanet dev Media Molecule recently hinted that its new game will be revealed soon, having previously confirmed that it's working on an "unannounced R&D project" which it hopes will "completely reimagine how people can create". However, CVG understands it is unlikely the team will go out on stage in New York to show a new project.

Next Up, Last Guardian director Fumito Ueda is saying on his personal website that people should "keep an eye out for new announcements" and Quantic Dream co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière has confirmed he is in New York for the Meeting.

Quantic Dream's Kara PS3 tech demo Quantic Dream's Kara PS3 tech demo
Perhaps the most likely candidate to headline Sony's PS4 game showcase is the same group that rocked the industry during Sony's PS3 reveal - Dutch studio Guerrilla Games, creator of the Killzone series.

Back in November 2011 Edge reported that the "bulk" of Guerrilla Games' staff were hard at work on a fourth instalment of Killzone, and studio recruiter Adrian Smith stated that Guerrilla has "got to continue the Killzone franchise."

Killzone 4 was first tipped to be in development for Sony's next-gen platform when a job ad for a 'Netherlands game studio' - which appeared likely to be Guerrilla - revealed that it was "now working exclusively with an industry leader, on next gen technologies and with major IPs in the pipeline."

The newly acquired InFamous developer Sucker Punch is also a next-gen possibility, having not released a full game since 2011, while no Sony hardware announce is complete without a new Gran Turismo.

CVG understands there is also strong interest from third-party publishers to debut their PS4 titles at today's event, but it's unclear if Sony will grant them stage space in the allotted time.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013, 4:11:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2013, 4:18:48 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:

Sony's sparkly new PlayStation 4 will be released this November, a new report suggests, and include a number of features familiar to Microsoft fans.

The PS4 will require a subscription for "most" of its online features, similar to Xbox Live, and the ability to hook up your smartphone, similar to SmartGlass.

Two models will be made available, a source told Kotaku, provisionally priced $429 (about £277) and $529 (£342).

Sony's new PlayStation subscription service will be named PlayStation World, and replace the existing PlayStation Plus offer. It's highly likely that the PlayStation 4 will offer at least the same level of cross-game chat and multiplayer features as Xbox Live, a service that Sony is apparently just as eager to ask money for.

Connect your smartphone to the PS4 and you will be able to "control the PS4 remotely" - but whether this means actual games or just navigating the system's menus is unclear.

The report mentions using a smartphone to chat with PS4 friends or buy games - similar functionality to that available via Microsoft's SmartGlass app for iPhone, Android and Windows Phones, and Nintendo's future plans for the eShop.

You'll get a new PlayStation Eye in the box - similar to how Microsoft will reportedly include Kinect 2.0 with the next Xbox - and be able to stream live gameplay from friends.

That last feature is one familiar to streaming service OnLive, and likely comes as part of Sony's deal with rival offering Gaikai. Domains set up by Gaikai and spotted last night include mention of a service named Playstation Cloud, rumoured to be the way PS4 offers backwards compatibility.

Sony is set to (hopefully) confirm all of the above later tonight.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013, 4:46:01 AM PST
I just hope they have removeable hard drives like with the ps2 and the ps3.

Also, if they are making a paying service it better be just like plus. Or something like if people are already members of plus they are automatically upgraded to the new service.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013, 4:47:23 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2013, 4:52:39 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
Sony Santa Monica teasing announcement today?

"What does our future hold for tomorrow? We heard they may open Pandoras Box (again) live on stage, that would be AWESOME" #playstation2013 (via Twitter)


Sony Computer Entertainment's "The Last Guardian" has been absent from the public eye for years and there may be a good reason for it: the title has switched platforms from PS3 to PS4.

On Monday, Feb. 18, new information revealed that Sony is likely preparing "The Last Guardian" for release on PS4.

According to a report on STFU, the website was told by a reliable source that Team Ico's "The Last Guardian" project will be a PlayStation 4 title.

Unfortunately the site didn't have any additional details to share leaving many wondering when the title will resurface as a PlayStation 4 title.

The report on ST FU gains extra credibility as Kenny Linder, a former employee of shuttered Sony UK studio Bigbig, recently revealed that "The Last Guardian" has been in developer on Orbis - codename for PS4 - for quite some time now.

Additionally, he shared that the game's platform has been questionable for nearly two years, but it was restarted and moved to PS4.

His full comment regarding "The Last Guardian's" PS4 development reads:

I don't know, but I know it's been in development on Orbis for a long time now. Its platform has been questionable for nearly two years, but the last time it was restarted (it's been restarted a number of times), it was moved to Orbis.

At this time there is considerable evidence to suggest "The Last Guardian" is a PS4 title. Now it's a question of where and when the title was be announced.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013, 5:11:15 AM PST
klopas says:
Oh lordy.... So The Last Guardian was announced for the PS3, and happened to be a reason I bought the PS3 to begin with. Now, it's being moved to the PS4. What's the saying? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me... you can't get fooled again.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013, 6:18:04 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
I too bough my PS3 Slim around a pending GT% and The Last Guardian.

Now it looks like they'll show The Last Guardian and GT6 to pimp the PS4.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013, 6:19:08 AM PST
Don't forget about Final Vaporware Versus!

Posted on Feb 20, 2013, 6:19:42 AM PST
I will still be shocked if The Last Guardian is a PS4 title now. I still think we are going to here about it today but just not for the next gen.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013, 6:29:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2013, 6:40:30 AM PST
D_Strasse says:
The ONLY thing giving me pause in all this news is the Playstation World stuff - I'd prolly be down with a revised PS+ because I'm loving PS+, but if they change it to be more like XBLive I'll be pissed.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013, 6:34:53 AM PST
More like MiiVerse would be awesome, best thing about the WiiU.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013, 6:38:36 AM PST
Soulshine says:
Me too. Shadow of the Colossus came out on PS2 pretty much right before the PS3 launched, so I've still got my fingers crossed on this one.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013, 7:17:32 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
Watch Dogs, God of War, Destiny and Beyond developers amassing in NYC in time for PlayStation 2013 Meeting

Developers from Ubisoft Montreal, Sony Santa Monica Studios, Bungie and Quantic Dream are amassing in New York City in time for today's PlayStation 2013 Meeting, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. EST.

It is unknown whether they will simply be in the audience or make a formal announcement; however, taking to Twitter, numerous designers including the developers behind God of War have hinted they will be attending today's Sony event.

"What does our future hold for tomorrow? We heard they may open Pandoras Box (again) live on stage, that would be AWESOME #playstation2013," wrote Sony Santa Monica.

Watch dogs lead designer Jonathan Morin revealed he is also in New York as of Feb. 19, stating: "I just cross Moen, Markov and Pacioretty in my hotel in NY :). Awesome!," while Quantic Dream CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere also teased he is in town, tweeting: "New York, -6 Celcius and clear sky :-)..."

Dave Lang of Iron Galaxy Studios revealed he would be in the audience for tonight's show, writing: "If you are watching the Sony stream tomorrow: I'm the one in the crowd with the "When's Marvel" sign." In addition, Capabara Games president Nathan Vella will also be in attendance, writing: "Flight boarded... On my way to NYC. See tons of you there :)"

While rumors of a Battlefield 4 announcement have been circling, DICE's Gustav Halling remained mum, saying only: "I honestly have no clue what Sony is showing tonight, as much speculation as everyone else but I can make realistic guesses."

Polygon hears that Epic Games vice president Mark Rein will be in town, while we spotted Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell coming out of the event venue last night.

Polygon will be attending today's show. Stay tuned for full coverage and live blogging throughout, starting at 6 p.m. EST.
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