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PS4 Rumour Watch: How True Will They Be?

PS4 Rumour Watch: How True Will They Be?

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.




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  • DO’G

    “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.”

    This worries me greatly, because – like with all ne technology- there was a rumour that the PS3 would have a “game lock” system, so you could only play it on the system that “activated it”. Thankfully sony didn’t go head with it, but i can see it being a problem with the next gen consoles. As much as i love gaming and playstation, as you said, ‘t’s an unaffordable hobby’. Lets just hope sony and microsoft dont go down this route.

  • Joey

    Sony seem to expect us to pay 69.99 on new games on the store, which should cost between 20-40 depending on how long they’ve been out for. It wouldn’t surprise me if they went ahead with locking-out second hand games. This would make gaming a far more exclusive hobby for those who have money to burn. With 70 Euro titles with day 1 charged dlc they’ll be paying hundreds per game if they want the full experience which should just come unlockable by playing the game. Not to mention the impact this would have on game shops who rely on the sale of second hand games to get by.

    It would be a real dick move by Sony if they do effectively ban second hand games but you have to remember they’re a business. They’ll weigh up the pros and cons and go with the ultimately more profitable option.

  • Klaws

    I agree with the above comments, especially because money is definitely not my most abundant resource at the moment. However, businesses don’t just look at profits. They must also look at customer satisfaction. If every gamer in the world went up in arms over this ‘lock out’ system, and no-one buys anymore consoles because of it, Sony will have no choice but to change the product.