It's the teaser that's sweeping the gaming community , and evidence is pointing towards confirmation rather than contradiction.

Sony has teased February 20 as the day when we'll "see the future," and everyone is assuming that that's the time we'll see the PlayStation 4. The good news is that the Wall Street Journal supports that idea.

In fact, they're flat-out saying that Sony will indeed unveil the PS3's successor at the special press event on February 20. According to their sources, "people familiar with the matter have said the new device will make its debut there." Apparently, "social features and the user experience" will be key focal points of the new machine and although gamers are often interested in better specs, this machine will emphasize "changes in how users interact with the machine."

That may not be exactly what some want to hear. In fact, it may worry the hell out of a great many…

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gumbi
gumbi
8 years ago

Social features? … eugh…

I know I'm a rare breed these days, but if I want social interaction in my video games, I invite a friend over and plug in a second controller.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Or possibly use a MMO, but you still want your console games to be console games – right? 😉

Doppel
Doppel
8 years ago

I'm mostly the same. I don't give a crap about social networks (aside from Twitter and online forums). If any device I have has a social networking feature, put in a Mega-OFF switch that turns it all off.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

'Social features', 'user experience', 'changes in how users interact with the machine'.

If that is the focus of the PS4, Sony might as well file chapter 11 now. Those are all peripheral issues that have nothing to do with the core business of gaming.

Home was their attempt to redefine user experience, social interaction and how gamers interact. That is not central to gaming, Home is a fun distraction sometimes, but that is really what it is about. PS4 can't simply be a commodity architecture running bespoke OS and an new social gaming experiences/interfaces. That's not a game console, it's a [email protected] console.

If all they do is throw up a x86 architecture system with heavy emphasis on social BS an 'user experience', it will be little more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Such a product would sink PlayStation.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 2/1/2013 11:41:10 AM

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
8 years ago

Seems like Sony is catching Square-Enixitis doesn't it?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Definitely. THQ died because low quality, commodity, 'schlock' games with a heavy focus on kids, casual and social gaming was just a big money pit for them. Sony should learn from this. And absolutely the Betrayal of the core FF audience by SE in order to pursue a new audience really did not go well. Refocusing the PS brand on social/casual gaming is a monumental blunder – if that is what happens.

The optimist (who is still there, though he's almost in tears at this point) is trying to say that perhaps this is all about GaiKai and some kind of Future Home that leverages GaiKai, and is a PlayStation experience targeted at the social/casual gaming market; where the core Playstation gamer, and games are not abandoned, but rather this becomes a separate branch on the PlayStation tree. In which case, it may not be PS4 itself, but a new network service for PlayStation that looks to other types of gaming instead of the traditional console gaming.

That is my optimistic side. my realistic side is really, really worried about the future of gaming.

Siris86
Siris86
8 years ago

I think these statements would bring more cause for concern if Sony wasn't in possession of a number of the most talented studio's in operation. In keeping with the budding casual and socially integrated expansions in the market, Sony is tailoring their future services to appeal to these consumers. But if anyone has shown their commitment to not only core gamers but also developers and the medium itself, it's Sony.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Yes siris, but you know, that doesn't alter the realities of the business and market.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
8 years ago

Highlander… I respect your technical knowledge but you seem to be over-reacting a bit, almost in a sky is falling sort of way.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
8 years ago

I don't think Highlander is overreacting. Sony is in awful shape financially. If they make a serious mistep like they did with the PS3 you might as well kiss them goodbye.

Could it be that squandering away approximately 44% of their market share this generation has affected Sony in negative manner?

Bonampak
Bonampak
8 years ago

At a recent investors meeting, the President of Nintendo mentioned that their competition (Sony and MS) were actually using a similar strategy as theirs. That of making a machine on the cheap. To keep production costs low and make a profit with every console sold.

And that such an approach, was being used due to the anemic condition of the current market place in the Western world. Where AAA games fail to sell as expected (RE6, DmC) and where new consoles (Wii U) and handhelds (3DS, Vita) have a hard time staying relevant.

So I wonder if there is any truth to what the Wall Street Journal is implying there.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Thinking about that picture you paint, it seems to me that you can either refocus on the core audience – an audience that is not going away. Or you can attempt to focus on and grasp the nebulous casual/social gamers and their free to play, freemium, something for nothing buying patterns. Honestly, focusing on the social/casual gaming sphere seems like an exercise in fast food gaming with wafer thin margins. Games may cost $5 or less, but you must sell 10 million or more to break even, stack 'em high, sell 'em low.

That's not gonna work for Sony. It doesn;t work for Sony in any area of their business. Trying to compete in the HDTV market that went into the stack 'em high, sell 'em low commodity stage killed Sony's TV business. Commodity PCs are hurting their PC business. Commodity cameras hurt their camera business. Sony is not a Chinese sweatshop operator, they can't compete in such low margin market segments. That is the lesson of 20-30 years of their Consumer electronics business.

If Sony starts to chase that horrible low cost low margin, high volume market segment in gaming, they are killing themselves in the long term. Someone needs to cut through the casual/social gaming BS and realize that core gamers actually pay for their games, and consoles, and they are the only ones who ever have. That is the market they should focus on.

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
8 years ago

Those comments make it sound like Sony is prepping for that Apple purchase. Remember those rumors that Apple may buy Sony? Seems like its frighteningly starting to become true doesn't it?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Even with Apple's cash mountain, I don't think they can afford Sony. Sony's bigger than you think. Then again, it would gain Apple so much technology and manufacturing capacity. I can see synergies there. Personally though, I really hate the idea. Then again, if you slap an Apple logo and rename PS Vita into iVita, you could pump up the price and double sales overnight thanks to the rabid Apple fanboys.

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
8 years ago

Sony may be bigger, but I'll tell you one thing. If the ship starts sinking Mr. Hirai, Mr. House, and Mr. Tretton will not think twice before they sell the company to Apple. Maybe not the company as a whole, but the fruity company would benefit quite a bit from buying SCEA or maybe even SCEWW, with all their patents and technology. I mean sh*t man if Comcast was able to buy Universal and AT&T Tmobile.


Last edited by Cesar_ser_4 on 2/1/2013 12:11:52 PM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Not sure the Japanese board of Sony would approve such a sale – the Japanese government might have something to say as well.

gumbi
gumbi
8 years ago

iVita! Highlander, you kill me 😛

0_o
0_o
8 years ago

Well this sucks..i hate when i have to be signed to psn while playing offline just to earn XP in certain games..

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
8 years ago

I don't know what to think of this. :/

Corvo
Corvo
8 years ago

I just watched this illuminati video on youtube. So many comments saying "My eyes are open!" And how sony is a devil worshipping company. Well, im kind of burnt out on facepalming for today so im just going to say this: No.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
8 years ago

I hope beyond hope that this is just a press conference showing off new Sony prototypes patents ie.cold/hot grip for move or dual shock 3 or a blue tooth power glove or something other than the nightmare described in the above article.
I've got a friends list on ps3 thats all i need,when i play video games i want to escape the real world…& not be bombarded with social interaction rubbish.
Release a social interactive console if you like thats compatible with PS3 games…..but JUST DON'T CALL IT PS4.

wackazoa
wackazoa
8 years ago

YAY!!!! I can now tweet out that I just beat the boss of a level 52 dungeon! Then spam my friends facebook page asking them to find me some gems! Then youtube myself talking trash while I rescue the princess!

Then everyone will think I have no life/am now gonna go on a violent rampage. This just keeps getting better all the time.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Oh, wait, what about this thing that was reported recently.

'BigFest'

It's a trademark Sony registered in 2012 and published in January of this year.

Here's how BigFest is described;
The trademark describes a service that involves “hosting on-line web facilities for interactive game play; hosting web sites of others for video and computer games or parts of video and computer games created by others on a computer server for a global computer network.” It also mentions “introduction and social networking services, namely, introducing video game players to each other for the purposes of playing multiplayer games online, participating in online games communities and competitions, and online player networking and social introduction.”

Could it be?

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
8 years ago

God i hope its just another feature for ps3!!
Ps4 needs to be a beast.

MyWorstNightmar
MyWorstNightmar
8 years ago

Man, I hope so. Whatever happened to Sony being content with waiting until Microsoft announced so they could make sure their system was superior in specs?

PS3 is king right now. Enjoy that and concentrate on Vita for Gods sake.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
8 years ago

Doesn't really surprise me if it is true. Kinda been having the feeling that something like that would happen eventually in some capacity or another.

jugheadjones
jugheadjones
8 years ago

PS4 social gaming? The WiiU suddenly seems prettier to me.

TrueAssassin86x
TrueAssassin86x
8 years ago

Wii-U or the next 360.

wiley_kyotee
wiley_kyotee
8 years ago

Rapture, do you mean the KinectXbox 720?


Last edited by wiley_kyotee on 2/1/2013 6:02:20 PM

daus26
daus26
8 years ago

I'm not worried about this. Something like social features can easily be "focused" alongside a beast machine. The problem would be if Sony is planning to release a $200 or $300 console. This is why I want Sony to release AT LEAST a $400 console. I'd be fine with $500.

Some people just want things unrealistically. They'd want a super beast machine, but also want it cheap. Now that it might be cheap, they're worrying about weak specs? It's one or the other, and if we want both, expect a premium price.

If Sony does go this route, you can thank everyone who complained "deeply" about high prices. You want something cheap? Then this is the answer, a.k.a Nintendo.


Last edited by daus26 on 2/1/2013 12:44:14 PM

josiahlo
josiahlo
8 years ago

The only reason the PS3 was $599 was due to the blu-ray and cell processor. Blu-ray component pricing is getting closer to dvd levels and they are using a standard x86 processor (some custom work I'm sure but nothing like the cell). They can have it priced at $399 and it would still be a pretty beastly machine just from the cost savings on blu-ray and the x86 processor.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

I don't believe it. I simply refuse to accept it.
Sony will not go all casual on us.

telly
telly
8 years ago

Zero chance.

TrueAssassin86x
TrueAssassin86x
8 years ago

"Social Features" and no improved specs hummmm. I might pass on the Ps4 then. and if that's the case time for Microsoft to show me what they got if not MS then i'm quiting gsming all together. SMH

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
8 years ago

I don't think anything of this. Sony will only add not subtract. We'll still get our hardcore gaming with the addition of social media options. We'll still have our DS controller configuration with maybe another option. There are over 75 million reasons Sony will not change how they do core gaming. I think everyone needs to relax and just wait until 2/20/13.

telly
telly
8 years ago

100 percent agree. Social functions as bells and whistles for a console hardly suggests a sea change in their game design philosophy.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

Yeah I agree too. Surely this is only a question of adding, not replacing anything.

cLoudou
cLoudou
8 years ago

Apparently the PS4 will be better than the next Xbox according to the rumored specs, that with 4gb of ram and Sony is pushing for 8gb to match Durango.

telly
telly
8 years ago

I think people rushing to conclusions, especially negative ones, should chill for a minute. Edge is reporting the PS4 is going to dwarf the specs of Microsoft's next console, so I seriously doubt this is going to be some casual gamers-only kind of machine. I'd encourage everyone to keep an open mind with what sony announces and what's being reported prior to that. I for one think the gameplay sharing tool that will be part of the system sounds fun!

PSTan
PSTan
8 years ago

Please, please stop associating "social features" with an automatic negative connotation. I understand the demographics of this community aren't into these kinds of things, but that doesn't mean that other gamers (such as myself) aren't either. Like Crusader said, this will only add to the Playstation's repertoire, increasing usage of the system. Who says game consoles have to be solely for games? If people on here have a serious problem with that, then don't support the PS4! simple as that.

The only time anyone should complain is if we: lose our core experiences as a result of this new connectivity, or: it becomes a mandatory part of our experience (which I'm pretty sure it's not going to be).

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

Hey, as long as the games are great and the software is plentiful I won't care about these "Social Features" they want to push. If the kids and Facebook addicts want it, fine. I know Microsoft wants to do the same thing.

It's all about letting the whole world know everything about you now. Ask Courtney Webb. Kudos to the people here who want nothing to do with it because it is silly and can be downright dangerous to your mental outlook, too.

VampDeLeon
VampDeLeon
8 years ago

So basically we're getting cross-gaming chat and joining. No more having to send a message to a friend asking for them to send a invite if the game doesn't already allow you to join automatically (and more importantly, shorten the amount of invites spammed).

As long there's an option for people who like their game-playing hobby to remain private (like an invisible-mode option while online) so others can't interfere with their playing, there won't be a problem.


Last edited by VampDeLeon on 2/1/2013 2:25:23 PM

The Real Deal
The Real Deal
8 years ago

This is funny, i recently posted a comment on one of your articles about the PS4 it stated that the PS4 will not be the leap in technology that previous iterations have been, and that they will lean more on innovation to sell there product. I received replies to the article stating that i was wrong and that sony would never do such a thing. Well here it is in writing, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to predict these things; just a keen eye in the ever changing world of gaming. Being a fan boy of the playstation i have my own gripes about this direction myself. But understand the need to adapt and the fact the ps4 needs to launch with a price tag that is competitive.

Whats interesting and promising about this news is that if the design hasn't changed much, then all these developers will have an easier time transitioning; which should result in games releasing quicker then any other launch hardware effectively giving us an extension of the ps3 release windows. That is Awesome and hopefully that is there direction. If so be prepared to be amazed at the launch titles.

Long Live Sony!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

I'm not worried. Sony knows they have a base that buys like 8+ million copies of Gran Turismo, near that with God of War, and near that with Uncharted. I'm sure LBP is way up there to. They also have a platform that provides a market for publishers like EA and Activision who produces products that sell by the 10's of millions on a platform made after the manner of past platforms. Their sales isn't just money in third party's pockets, but Sony's too.
The PS3 was also a MASSIVE leap in social networking in comparison to the PS2. PSN has meant for a more approachable entertainment device that has probably translated to more functional use for entertainment than any prior system of theirs. Sony needs the profits from healthy gaming products, that much won't change, but they, like every other company, are witnessing a change in the way consumers like to obtain and entertain their time. For them to not be proactive in adapting to the market, which includes social connectivity, (not the most appealing feature of the next-gen's design, but gamers are not all old stubborn hermits who hate change) can be of consequence. Sony hasn't done anything online-side that hasn't really moved faster than a snails pace so I'm really not worried. If this new controller has a 'share' button or something, whatever, some people will find it cool, others won't, but everyone will want to play great games. They'll be here for PS4 so stop the panicking.


Last edited by Temjin001 on 2/1/2013 2:39:21 PM

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

..and another thing.
I actually own an OnLive console. It's not something I use anymore but it did have something pretty cool about it which I think this Gakai deal with Sony may provide. You can literally watch another person's game being played (of course if you don't want that you click the feature off). So lets say WorldEndsWithMe logs in and I see him playing DOA5. I could pull up his user and watch him play the game and kicking butt or using a zoom feature on a character where he SHOULDN'T! I can send him a live text or a built-in emot icon while he's playing in realtime. I could be seeing everything happen as it happens on his screen (or thereabouts)
I did something like that on OnLIVE with Batman AA. It felt cool having like 5 people watching me play through batman. They would rate how I did things as they happened… usually cheers of course 😉
Anyway this may sound terrible to some but pretty cool to others. You could also say post replays to your account for others to see. A person could watch you slay Omega in Final Fantasy and they could see the proof of it just by clicking the replay associated with you.

Anyway, I think this stuff may be pretty exciting and cool to many who find it interesting. Others, they can just not use those features and play the games how they like.


Last edited by Temjin001 on 2/1/2013 2:56:57 PM

Corvo
Corvo
8 years ago

Sony's vaugeness has always made me laugh. "The future." Feb 20 2013 Bring the future on Sony, ill be waiting in line.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Shiiiiiiiiiit…

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
8 years ago

I'll wait for more info. Don't want to get all caught up in this.

ethird1
ethird1
8 years ago

I'm not paying 400 dollars for a fraking social machine. Now, if I can play wih 100 people at one time instead of 4, then that type of 'SOCIAL' system I could handle.

If there is not a SIGNIFICANT raise in the graphics department and how many peeps can play online, Sony can stick it's ps4 up it's arse.

End of Line.

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
8 years ago

I really hope that this is just slander

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