Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What to expect from tomorrow's PlayStation event

Only a day ahead of Sony's PlayStation4 event in New York, I would like to briefly single out one aspect from the recently leaked controller images and comment on what to expect from the new console - and what may not be on the cards.

In my lengthy article below, I already noted why you should not expect the PS4 to be the hardware beast the PS3 was, due to Sony's shaky financial situation, costly new controller features and a desired low price tag.

Examining the leaked images of the PS4 controller prototype, I picked up on an aspect other commentators seem to have failed to notice. While other media outlets have dissected the controller only, I find the rest of the image much more interesting. Let us have a look, courtesy of Destructoid.

First of all, the authenticity of the image is corroborated by the Wii development kit resting on top of the PS4 hardware. But it is the PS4 development kit we should be focusing on. Notice how it is only a little bigger than the Wii kit. And then bear in mind the size of the first PS3 dev kits that were circulated prior to the current PlayStation's launch.

As you can see, the early PS3 dev kits were huge. In comparison, that PS4 kit is only a fraction of that size. This may be an indicator of the hardware being on the humble side, as I expect it to be.

And once again, I am absolutely convinced that neither Sony nor Microsoft will launch new consoles in 2013. If Sony announces a 2013 launch for the PS4 tomorrow, expect that date to be pushed back to 2014 at a later date.

EDIT Unsurprisingly, the English newspaper The Times reports that the new PlayStation is set to be cheaper than its predecessor.

Industry sources and leaked internal documents suggest that Sony is considering pricing the new device at about £300, more than £100 cheaper than the starting cost of its predecessor, the PlayStation 3.
In comparison, the Wii U premium bundle retails in the UK for around £290, just less than the price tag proposed for the new PlayStation. £300 convert to around $460 and €350.

Just days ago, the Wall Street Journal had reported that the new PlayStation would incorporate streaming technology, most likely in the wake of Sony's acquisition of Gaikai last year.

Sony Corp. is planning to offer technology to stream games to its next videogame console, people familiar with the company's plans say, alongside other enhancements to bolster its position in the market.

The new technology, to be unveiled Wednesday along with the new console, will allow users to play games delivered over the Internet, these people said. The streaming service, they added, is designed to use current PlayStation 3 titles on the new console; the new device is also expected to play new games stored on optical discs.


jerry said...

I'd love to see what Anon has to say about the conference.

Anonymous said...

Remember when you said Sony was going to exit the home console market?

Unknown said...

It will launch in fall 2013 in the US and Japan. I don't know why you think otherwise. It has 8gb of ddr5 memory which means it is a substantial upgrade from the ps3. I don't know how they will price it reasonably without taking a serious loss on each unit sold.

Anonymous said...

Yep, turns out you were completely right with your predictions. it only has 16 times the amount of ram of ps3 lmfao, totally spot on as always mr falafelkid, i salute you lol

Anonymous said...

Jeeez thank f@@@@ this falafel guy is no analyst, otherwise he would have single handedly collapsed the entire videogame industry with all his false prophecies and predictions hes been comin up with so relentlessly over the years lol

Anonymous said...

The ps4 Event was a Little Bit disapointed !!! Nothing really New ... Only a touchpad on the Controller and better geafics... And a Lot of Social bla bla.... No words of the rumors before like the 3D Glases for example.... 4K? Not for Games ... Hmm .. I think when Nintendo have left a surprise 4 wii u at E3 this Year .... Like the 3D projection Thing mr. Falafelkid was always guessing... Than... Nintendo will be number One again ;) greets Sebastian

jerry said...

Who gives a shit about 3D. 3D will only take off when it doesn't require glasses, and even then I imagine most people still won't want it. I'm really excited about the online capabilities of the PS4. Streaming games and recording footage. So awesome. I watch ustream game footage quite a bit when new games launch so this will be even better. Also, Mark Cerny is the lead system architect on the PS4, it's sure to be incredible. As far as graphics, Deep Down looked amazing but who knows if it was real time, and if it was, was it running on PS4 hardware? Either way, games that launch on the PS4 will be overshadowed by later games once developers master their engines, etc. Exciting times.

jan said...

Well I hope your prediction regarding the pushback of the release date is as wrong as your prediction of the failure of the iPad was ;)
But in this case I have to agree with you: That presentation did not really leave the impression that they have a product that is ready to ship in 8 months. Totally underwhelming.
And how many more times do they want to fool us with tech demos of 30 billion polygons that no real game will ever have...

Anonymous said...

outdated controller CHECK
PC pretending to be a console CHECK
unrefined off the shelf parts CHECK
dumb laggy cameras CHECK
no dualscreen NEXT GEN gaming onky vita and tablet gimmicks CHECK

great i got a wiiu im all set for NG lol ps4

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Unknown said...

I think that people over-reacted about how good the PS4 event was. Yeah, it's obviously faster/more powerful than Wii U, but there wasn't a single game at the event that I wanted to play.

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