GameSpot staff from around the globe sound off on their hopes and dreams for Sony's new console.
With the hours rapidly ticking down to Sony's New York event, rumour and speculation are running wild that the company is preparing to announce new console hardware. GameSpot's global editorial team weighed in on their thoughts on the expected features, games, and services that the next PlayStation may offer, and the reality of what's likely to be unveiled.
Jonathan Toyad, Staff Writer, GameSpot Asia Follow
What's old becomes new with the PlayStation 4.
If I had to go all-out bonkers with my predictions, I'd say that its supposed codename, Orbis, will be used for the actual device. Given the trend of branding consoles with less-than-unique names, this is a huge stretch, especially since marketing a console is dependent on how relatable your device's name is. The PS4 controller will be exactly the same as the current DualShock 3, only with the ability to be split into two and used as independent motion controllers.
Sony hasn't always let customers play their old, physical games on its brand new systems
As far as software predictions go, Vivendi will team up with Naughty Dog, paving the way for a new, next-generation Crash Bandicoot title with touchscreen functions and PS Vita cross-platform goodness. Additionally, Square Enix will get out of its creative slump and make Final Fantasy Versus XIII a launch title for the PS4. Just to up the ante in bizarreness, how about a gritty reboot of Tomba!, one of the most underrated characters to be on a Sony gaming platform?
Of course, since we're living on planet Earth, and expectations are usually beyond the reality we're given, the PlayStation 4 will unimaginatively be called that: the PlayStation 4, complete with the 2002 Spider-Man movie title font for its name. Used games will still be playable, but will require a surcharge to activate.
The usual franchise culprits will be announced: a new Uncharted, a new Killzone, more teasing of The Last Guardian, and a new Infamous. Sweet Jesus, the latter announcement would make my day. Other potential surprises include Metal Gear Solid 5/Phantom Pain/whatever Kojima Productions is working on to be a PS4 exclusive. For a year. As much as the Metal Gear Solid brand is synonymous with the PlayStation, Konami still needs to make money.
I also hope that Sony makes the PS4 backwards compatible with PS3 titles, though I give it almost a year until it does so with a new hardware revision. Sony has inconsistently let its loyal customers play their old, physical games on their brand-spanking new systems, so I'm expecting them to make us pay for digital versions of the same damn thing they had eons ago.
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what i expect for the ps4: at least 30% better graphics than ps3 best graphic games (mgs4 final fantasy13) fully interactive environments (if a shoot a gun i want the bullet hole to stay there for ever, the same with dead bodies) that the controller dont suck like the 360's does aaaand a new MGO! please mr kojima MGO MGO!!!!
Idiot decision from the PS3 that needs to be corrected: add an infrared receiver so that universal remotes can easily control the PS4 as part of a home entertainment system.
Listen pal, the maker's of the PS4, are better than what you are. Stop trying to show off your intelligence with something that clearly has flaws.
@LukeWesty wow really jealous much? why attack this man for his intelligence? you have no proof that he is not better than sony engineers. he may be making rocketships which in my opinon would be harder than the next sony product and take more intellect. seeing as everything sony announce for the ps4 is still 6-8 years behind the pc.
Coming from who? Are you an engineer?
Yes I am actually; I have a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science (plus another BS and an MS). However I don't think you need an engineering degree to see that it would be nice to be able to use one remote to turn on your tv, receiver, and PS4 with one button push, then being able to hit 'Play' on that same remote. Compare this to turning on everything but the PS4 with one remote, then picking up another remote to turn on the PS4, hitting 'Play', then changing remotes for volume, changing remotes to pause, etc. Every television, cable box, receiver, blu-ray player (except PS3) on the market uses infrared transmissions (thus universal remotes do also), whereas the PS3 uses only Bluetooth.
I would be surprised if the PS4 has backwards compatibility. The Cell architecture is already a nightmare for developers, in that the core and the cells use completely different architectures, machine languages, compilers, etc. From everything I've seen, both Sony and Microsoft are going with fairly standard PC processors. It would be possible for an 8-core CPU to emulate both the core and cell processors of the PS3, but it would not be easy.
They could do it with "Sony TVs," but Sony Tvs only. Good marketing gimmick. Sony TVs are decent.
You'd have to find codes for different TVs to allow it to work on your TV or sync it via Blue tooth I suppose. I can see that. Good idea, but I wouldn't call them idiots. They only work for Sony...
@Barazon whoa erix43 stepped in that one!
With games like Bioshock Infinite, GTAV, Last Of Us, Beyond 2 Souls on the way, it seems a little rushed bringing on PS4 so soon.
@HipHopBeats you failed to remember that ps2 was just now discontinued in 2013, almost 7 years after the ps3 came out. even when the ps4 is out ps3 will still continue to put out product. they have contracts that game servers have to stay online for a set amount of time and the ps3 is good till something like 2020
@MelodicMizery @HipHopBeats yeah but he is right it still feels rushed 10 months to finalize and test a product is really short. no matter the price i will wait and have the paying product testers make sure my ps4 is working right. remember the yellow light of death or the ps2 disk read errors? hell my ps 1 overheated so bad it would shut down after 30 mins had to play it with a giant fan blowing cold air on it
@X-7 I actually feel sorry for you. Will you be able to concentrate? lol
we will see hardleys nothing tonight mark my words.. hope im wrong and we see some very cool stuff..one thing for me though il be getting the ps4 late in its life when its cheasper and theres some great games to play..
I'm still yet to purchase a PS3, needless to say I am a rather late adopter... and due to this I have little to no interest in the PS4 and will most likely buy one via the worldwide all-inclusive omni-purchase cloud in 2021 when they are $8.99 for two.
Orbis is not a bad name. As for backwards compatibility Sony will yield in form or another maybe update last gen games as HD classics like they did this gen. And we should be able to play used games initially atleast unless all the like minded businessmen at sony have been brain washed by reapers!!
@littleboomer when they did those concept images, I swear...shame on them for not recognizing the okama gamesphere, or at the very least the Game Sphere from Drake and Josh.
Why are people against having a backwards compatibility add-on? I can understand that you don't want to have it built in because it would increase the price of the console but why do people care if some of us want the option available to us? I don't mind paying for it! Also before anyone says "Keep your PS3" what makes you think I want 2 or 3 Sony consoles hooked up to my TV? Especially when I already have other consoles hooked up to my TV? Also, what makes you think the PS3 is built to last? It's not.
I am not getting rid of my PS3 but it won't last for years to come. I am already on my second PS3 and I know some people that got the YLOD. The point I am trying to make is the PS3 is not built to last. Sure the PS3 generally lasts longer than the Xbox 360 but the PS3 is not reliable either.
Don't get me wrong. I want to buy the PS4 regardless if it's backwards compatible or not and I am excited for the PS4 and playing new games but why do you people care if some of us want backwards compatibility?
@Jak-25 I had the original 60 gig backwards compatible ps3...yea the 30pounder. That thing was reliable and lasted much longer than most of my other electronics...it lasted longer than the TV i bought with that ps3 lol!
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I think that, although the last guardian has been redacted for next gen, I doubt that it will be a launch title.
People need to remember this announcement is going to be a "Coming to a store near you 2017"
They're going to make a announcement for the release date but I highly, highly doubt it's coming out this year at the least.
Backwards compatible with PS3 titles its a must!!! Seriously Sony if you are not thinking in backward compatibility you are gonna lost a lot of buyers including me of course I will wait until price drop, 1 or 2 years after release
If they can't do compatibility with PS3 games, they could at least give us compatibility with PS1 and PS2 games. That shouldn't be too hard or expensive to incorporate nowadays.
@edinsaw why is it a must?
does the PS4 send out a signal when it's within range of a PS3, that initiates it's self-destruct or something?
@Jak-25 One system to play all Playstation console games would be nice. But way too expensive for me.
@Jak-25 That's why backwards compatibility is a definite deal breaker for me. Streaming PS3 games sounds like some bullshit. I should be able to insert my PS3 discs into a PS4 with no problem. Hell, even playing PS2 games on a PS4 shouldn't be much of a stretch given current day technology.
@edinsaw I agree! Well said! I agree completely I want 1 system that can play all of my PlayStation console games. Why have 2 or 3 Sony consoles when we can have 1? Plus we would not have to worry if our PS3 broke or not. The point is, having 1 system to play all PlayStation games is better than having 2. I just don't know why some people don't understand.
@Jak-25 @shingui5 @edinsaw Its very unlikely it will be backwards compatible with PS3 games. The architecture is so different in the PS4 they'd have to build the PS3's guts on-board which they won't as it will drive up the cost of the hardware. This is more likely why they purchased Gaikai. I'd bet on having the entire libraries from PSOne, PS2 & PS3 available to stream on the PS4. Not sure what the pricing structure will be like for this though. Or if you own a physical PS3 disc, if you put it into your PS4, can it at least detect it and tell Gaikai (or PS Cloud) "This user owns this game, let him stream it for free as long as the disc is in the tray"? I suspect we may find out today.
@edinsaw I also want backwards compatibility.