The PlayStation 4 (aka PS4, Sony PS4, PlayStation “Orbis”) will be an eighth-generation video game console and the fourth released by Sony Electronics in this franchise.
Ever since the release of the Sony PlayStation 3 on November 11, 2006, the technology was known for being high-end, especially with the Blu-Ray capabilities. Yet, a year later, people were already speculating when the next big console would be released—and what company would release it? Would it be an xBox 720? Or an even better PlayStation, the PS4?
The PlayStation 4 console will be released on November 15, 2013 in the United States and on November 29, 2013 in the United Kingdom!
Very little information has yet to be released about the PS4, besides what is logical compared to the PS3: it will be experimental and the technology will rival all other gaming consoles. It is expected to have 8GB of RAM, 3D gaming, and to support 4K resolution.
It should also have seamless integration with the PS Vita, so that gamers can resume gameplay on-the-go, anywhere they are.
In June 2010, a trailer was leaked by (presumably) the PlayStation 4 team, simply dubbed Leaked Launch Trailer. At the end, it says that PS4 is in testing phase, and the trailer itself is mildly comical and intriguing. Another trailer was leaked, but this PS4 Trailer is not in English.
It seems that 2013 is the year all video game pundits agree on for the PS4’s release date, although this is not yet confirmed by Sony; they normally do not discuss rumors until they are ready to unveil a product. Many expect to see the PS4 in November 2013, in time for the holiday season, with an announcement made in February 2013 or in July at E3.
On February 20, 2013, Sony announced the PlayStation 4.
In March, Assassin’ s Creed developers state that Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag will launch on all platforms at one time. The release date for Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag is October 29, 2013. Many believe this indicates an October 29 release date for the PlayStation 4.
It is guaranteed that there will be a new console, and that it will be called the PlayStation 4. There have been direct quotations from Sony’s CEO Ken Kutaragi, the inventor of PlayStation, from his interview with EE Times: “As a matter of course, I have the vision of Playstation 4, 5 and 6, which will merge into the network.”
However, over the years many other websites have been jumping on codenames for the console, such as “Orbis,” a well-known developer’s nickname for the console. Websites have been assuming this will be the name, due to the Latin phrasing as similar to that of the PlayStation Portable successor, the PS Vita.
Much of this speculation is due to the number “4” being bad luck in Japan; because of this, many expect the PS4 to have a subtitle, like “Orbis,” in Japan, but will remain PS4 in other countries.
We do know that the PS3 only started earning a profit in 2010. The cost of producing a PS3 is thirty-eight dollars above the consumer price, meaning that Sony must rely on the other aspects of the console (video games and accessories) to turn a profit. Now, though, the profit margin has become equal, and that means Sony can begin working diligently on the PS4.
For the PS4 to be cost-effective, Sony will have to re-evaluate their production and manufacturer costs. Perhaps this is why there have been rumors about not allowing used games on the console.
It has been released by Paul Holmen, Vice President of Technology for Sony Computer Entertainment, that for the PS4 they are considering what type of cell processor would be preferable, such as a multi-core. This would make the console more similar to a computer, making it capable of multitasking.
It should support 4K TVs, 3D gaming, and have multiple gigs of RAM.
In January 2013, there was information about an 18.5 million dollar next-generation engine being developed, codenamed “Mango.” Rumors also indicated that both Microsoft and PlayStation funded the development.
The internet is laden with design concepts from hopeful gamers but, of course, none of them are legitimate. If fact, several designs have been submitted to SonyPS4.com, including some very attractive and a couple highly hilarious designs.
Whenever the PS4 does release, though, the world of gaming will change forever.