PS4 Rumour Watch: How True Will They Be?
PlayStation 4 has lots of rumours surrounding it right now. But what will be true about ‘Orbis’? Let’s have a looksee.
PlayStation 4 is being talked about a lot recently. It’s silly season, a slow news month, that time of the year when you’re supposed to start thinking about going outside rather than sitting around in your underwear all day slaying demons with your two-handed blade of smiting light.
So it’s understandable there’s a lot of news around based entirely on rumour – more so than normal. PlayStation 4, Orbis, the next generation, whatever it ends up being, whatever it ends up being called, there are lots of things being screamed in our faces.
So let’s take a look at a handful of the PS4 rumours and think aloud as to just how likely they are; how reasonable they seem in the grand scheme of… stuff.
PS4 will be out before Xbox 720
The words formed into sentences are stating that Sony does not intend to be beaten to market by Microsoft again. And it makes sense, at least from the perspective that the 360 had a head start on PS3 that it took Sony years to recover from. It won’t want to go through that again.
At the same time, there is the whole ‘PS3 is a ten-year console’. Admittedly PS4 getting released doesn’t mean PS3 suddenly stops existing, but you get the point.
It will not be ‘next-gen’ as we know it
Nobody in the world has money anymore. Sony probably has even less. Somehow it’s still going, but it cannot – just cannot – take another financial hit like it did with PS3. That beast was the result of Ken Kutaragi and his “ambitious designs”.
Without Krazy Ken at the helm and with cost to the company at the forefront of Sony’s collective mind, I can’t see PS4 being a monster of a console like PS3 was for its time.
It’ll be more powerful, sure, and it will be impressive, but we’ll likely be able to pick up a more technologically impressive PC than PS4 on the day of its release. It just makes financial sense.
Draconian anti-used game measures will be employed
I sincerely hope this one isn’t true, because it would ruin PS4 for me. Just as the always-on rumours of Xbox 720 would ruin that. Ass-backward, unthinking nonsense measures designed as punitive measures against legitimate consumers.
If it sounds like a broken record, that’s because we’ve had to repeat it so many times. It is your right as a consumer to be able to sell and re-sell items you buy, just as it’s your right to buy said items from others. Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA, THQ, Ubisoft and the rest of them would surely be happy to bully this right away from us.
If that happens, I’m liable to just give up on gaming. Without second-hand, it’s an unaffordable hobby.
PS4 will use Move a lot/have Wii U-style Vita integration
This one seems obvious, especially as both these things exist already on PS3. Still, PS4 is likely to see greater integration of the systems, especially the Vita link-up, and it will likely prove interesting, if not revolutionary.
But hey, at least PS4 will be more powerful than the ‘not as powerful as PS3’ Wii U will be. ALL OF THE LOLS.