The Sony PlayStation 4 is not coming anytime soon, well not in the next 12-months, although the news about Sony’s next-generation of games system/console has started to heat up in 2011. The rumors and social messages are not only tied to the PS4, we’ve heard some rumors around the Xbox 720 (the final name is likely to be different) as well.
Let’s take a look at some of the Sony PS4 rumors and discussions of this week. It’s now known that Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s next console are officially in development, with this in mind popular magazine and blog “T3” thought they’d run a poll to find out what their readers want the most out of the next-gen systems. This included Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo (Wii U) options. The results, discussed here, showed that the PlayStation 4 was most wanted by their readers. Do you feel the same?
PR’s very own Gary Johnson looked at the possible PS4 release and unveil, which points to some solid details coming in 2012 with a release 12-24 months after that. These rumors are a little hard to swallow considering its very likely Sony and Microsoft will be watching how the Wii U does, this may shape what the competitors do next. Nintendo should not be underestimated considering their success with the Wii.
The biggest PS4 news over the last week has been the dissecting of what Michael Pachter, Wedbush Morgan analyst, really meant in his comments. At first glance its pretty straight forward, Pachter thinks we’ll get no official details on the PS4 in 2012 and the Wii U will not pressure Microsoft or Sony to release details earlier than they originally plan to. The debate starts when people have their own take on Pachter’s comment of it’s “unlikely” we’ll see a PS4 announcement next year, as this gives PS3 gamers hope.
One thing most of us will agree on is it makes sense for Sony and Microsoft to watch the Wii U sales, and consumer reaction to the tablet integration. If this works for Nintendo then we could see the PS4 and Xbox 720 possibly doing their own version, which will likely be more high tech, especially with another year or two of development. Our bet is 2014 release for PS4 (not sure on Xbox 720) and the unveiling would be in 2013.
Adding to the confusion is Sony’s Andrew House, CEO of PlayStation worldwide, who points out that the PS3 has years left. When he said this is still an “early period for PS3”, you can take this as spot on with the 2014 release or even worry that we could be looking at 2015 or 2016, lets hope that’s not possible. When would you like to see the PS4?
You may also find an article on Gaming Bolt an interesting read, which asks if we need a PS4 after a Crysis 2 test on PS3 vs. a PC with DX 11. They were astonished by the results found.
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