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PlayStation 4 will launch in Japan and North America this Christmas, with a European release following in early 2014, according to the latest industry chatter.

EDGE reports that the next-generation console will be revealed at Sony's 'See The Future' event on February 20, and will see a staggered global release due to "to the complexities involved in European distribution".

PlayStation 4 will also feature a "redesigned controller" of a similar size to the PlayStation 3's DualShock 3, EDGE's sources claim, but with a "small touchpad in place of the existing Select, Start and PS buttons".

EDGE claims that the technology is similar to the PlayStation Vita's rear touchpad, and is "similarly responsive in use".

As well as a touchpad, the controller will also feature a new "Share" button, EDGE alleges, which lets players easily upload screenshots and recorded video online. According to the site, "the PS4 hardware will continually record the most recent 15 minutes of onscreen action (with no processing penalty, claims our source), which users will then be able to edit and broadcast via the Internet."

As for specs, EDGE claims that PlayStation 4 "on paper, outperforms Microsoft’s next Xbox", and will feature the eight-core 1.6GHz CPU and 4GB DDR5 RAM solution rumoured previously.

The console is also said to be more developer-friendly than the PlayStation 3, "notably because the hardware is much more PC-like in its makeup" than Sony's existing console.

A "new, improved iteration of its PlayStation Eye peripheral" is in development, too, EDGE claims, and PlayStation 4 will continue to support PlayStation Move.

Sony teased the imminent announcement of its next-generation PlayStation last night.

Source: EDGE

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rbevanx@ MJTH

I can see it being the final nail in the coffin for me and online gaming anyway but yeah the majority will like it. I can just see an overflow of the same Youtube channels over and over again with the net being filled with even more rubbish.

It's hard enough to find anything good consistenly now, but if everyone can create video content there is gonna be thousnads of hours of rubbish for me to go through if I want to find a decent video subscription.

End of "This could posibly be the end" rant :D
Posted 16:54 on 03 February 2013
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MJTH

I can kind of see the use of a share button. Say you find a major glitch in the game, you could upload footage of it and then send a tweet to the developers/ news publications. Or if you just happen to be playing with some forum members, a few friends or even during one of the live-steam and some cool happens you could get some use out it. Upload the moment to YouTube and put it on the forums, Facebook.

It's hard for us to imagine the use of a feature like this now, since none of us use recording equipment (I'm assuming) like capture cards on a regular basis. It's expensive and takes to much time. However, if this feature was simple to use and quick. I could see a lot of use for it. It may not be something the majority of users use consistently. But I can see the use from time to time. Uploading screenshots on miiverse is surprisingly useful, so could this also be.
Posted 16:00 on 03 February 2013
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Woffls@ pblive

If a company needs to sell its most valuable tangible asset to turn a profit then there's a problem. I can seriously see Sony Corp selling off over half of its operations in the next half decade or so. PS4's performance will determine the future of SCE.
Posted 15:31 on 03 February 2013
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rbevanx@ pblive

I'm sure that's what they say to keep the shares (which are considered as "junk" now btw from some) from dropping any further, nevermind their financial rating has gone down which now means it's costs them more to borrow.
I wonder if 10% of their incomings is now to just pay the interest off, nevermind the debt itself.
I also don't think their HQ isn't even gonna cover the interest for the year personally on the current debt.

They are not in a position to make investments that are for 5-10 years time for the business. If the PS4 fails to sell or be in the top 2 consoles in the market then I can see Sony going out of business.
Posted 13:56 on 03 February 2013
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pblive

Actually, they expect to be in profit after selling their HQ for $1.1 billion.

But companies tend to make decisions on what they see as being profitable in the future, so if they see streaming as part of that it'll wind up in the PS4.

I can see it being part of the PS+ service, or maybe having another tier of PS+ for streaming.
Posted 13:45 on 03 February 2013
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rbevanx@ FantasyMeister

Yeah I would be very surprsied if Sony didn't use Gaikai's tech at all in the PS4 considering how much they spent on them and how much debt they still have, so it must have been for short term as they are not in a position financially to make long term investments.

But like Woffls I care very little about the social network aspect of games, if anything it will make website forums like this one even more redundant which I think will be a very sad thing.

I really don't care about watching all those COD trolling videos and will just make online gameplay even worse in the future if all these idiots can just upload a video nevermind play online unlike previous generations.
Posted 13:19 on 03 February 2013
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FantasyMeister@ Woffls

I'd disagree. OnLive offers this 'last 15 seconds of gameplay always recorded, just hit a button to share instantly' and I've made good use of it. Titles like Borderlands and Just Cause 2 had hundreds of moments that in the past you just couldn't share with your mates like showing them how to take out Crawmerax with just a Sniper and Rocket Launcher and that time I bailed out of a helicopter, made a perfect landing and then had the helicopter land and explode at my feet.

What's interesting is that I've only seen this kind of functionality from a streaming service, so whether Sony are going to start making massive use of Gaikai or whether they've figured out a way to implement this without their Gaikai's tech will be interesting, but my impression is that streaming will be a big part of the PS4.
Posted 13:09 on 03 February 2013
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Woffls

Building a dedicated "share" button into the controller makes me think Sony have got their priorities a bit wrong.

I worry that the idea came from a boardroom session titled "how can we reflect the rise of social media and sharing in PlayStation?" and some engineers saying they can record everything you play.

Who wants this functionality? Who is going to use it after the first few weeks? There's a sizable Call of Duty community that will make very good use of it, but most people just won't get anything from it.

Personally, I don't see why anyone would want to see recordings of me playing a game, and I've no interest in seeing recordings of others play games.

I think the social value of video games is in direct shared experience, and the emptiness of just sharing video is going to be realised pretty quickly.
Posted 12:48 on 03 February 2013
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tvr77@ Neon-Soldier32

"The PS+ functionality i.e. overnight patching, cloud storage etc."

If your a ps+ member you can already do this. Mine switches itself on every 24hrs at 2:00am. Which is a time i chose. It syncs the trophies as well.(EDIT: Sorry, i noticed after that your aware of it already and that you were just saying you think they should focus on it more).

I'm not bothered about the controller as long as it works and does everything a controller needs to do ill be happy, any add ons are a bonus so long as they don't screw up the functionality. The backward compatibility is a big one for me as i don't really want more consoles around if it can be helped.
Posted 09:39 on 03 February 2013
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BC_Animus

Have the PSEye record random 6 seconds of you as you play and upload the vids onto the net. Kids will love it. And create a touch pad that touches you back, in that special place... kids will love that too.

Oh and update the PSN+ service so that subbers will get a number of additional random abusive kids screaming in your ear for free - Xbox Livers will love that.

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Call me old fashioned, but I'm not looking forward to back-side-front-underwater-touchpads or whatever weird gimmick they've got dreamed up. Those are almost never used by the devs, and are never implemented properly when they are.

What I'm more interested in what what types of backward compatibility it has, what type of media/files it supports, DVR features, cup holder availablity, et cetera.
Posted 06:37 on 03 February 2013
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Neon-Soldier32

I think that if Sony go for video editing on the PS4 then that would be a very smart move.

Allowing people to instantly cut up and enhance their Call of Duty kills and upload them straight to the web would be very appealing to the core crowd.

I just hope that it comes with a large hard disc and future proofed BD drive and a 5.1 output card. I hope Sony don't put too much emphasis on the GPU: More RAM and a quicker processor would suffice.

I think they need to focus more on the in-built software than the hardware:
- Automatic, background patching
- Background downloads where you can choose when they're downloaded
- The PS+ functionality i.e. overnight patching, cloud storage etc.
- A better store
- Cross-game chat

And so on.
Posted 16:57 on 02 February 2013
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Marink

I like that they are going a different direction this time. I wouldn't want to shed hundreds of pounds simply on graphical advancements. Microsoft will have to put up one hell of a fight at E3 this year, that's for sure.
Posted 16:36 on 02 February 2013
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Wido

I agree with Endless there with the touch on the back of the controller. Rightly said, it has far too much going on the front.
Posted 10:56 on 02 February 2013
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MJTH@ Endless

Yeah, I agree. In terms of gameplay uses, a rear touch pad makes a lot more sense then a touch screen on the front. I already said earlier that a touch screen on the front could work, but in the end considering the size of it, having one would be less useful then it's worth. Rear touch pad is the way to go. There's a lot of unused potential there.
Posted 10:03 on 02 February 2013
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Endless

Touch pad on the rear like the Vita would make absolute sense. On the front? No. Alredy too much on the front of our controllers as it is! Besides putting it on the rear is the only logical place for it!
Posted 04:25 on 02 February 2013