PS4 To Launch In 2013-2014 According To E3 2012 Rumors

14 January 2012
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This is a PlayStation 4 roundup of all the latest rumors and facts. The goal here is to show when Sony’s PS4 is expected to launch and what exciting new technologies it may include at release!

The PS4 Rumors:

Rumor #1. MCV’s online editor Ben Parfitt said third-party publishing sources claim Sony had signaled to partners the PlayStation 4 will be shown at E3 2012, which is usually done 1-2 years in advance of launch to give PS4 games development time until 2013-2014! — After the PS3 hardware was revealed at E3 2005 in May that year, it took Sony 1.5 years to eventually launch it in November 2006. Please continue reading the Sony section below to find out why an official reveal is significant to the release timeline.

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  • To quote: “Obviously we can’t reveal our sources. But you have my personal word on this – the source is exemplary, 100% concrete, ultra high level.”

    Rumor #2. Editor-in-Chief Michael French said Execs at the PlayStation firm have made it clear to third-parties that they will not be left behind this time. But Execs aren’t expecting price or launch details for the new Xbox or PlayStation at E3 2012 in June.

    “Key publishers and developers are expecting some nod towards what direction PS4 will take at E3 this year.” -Sony Sources

    To quote: “This is very credible. Even if we don’t see the hardware itself, or know a price or date, key publishers and developers are expecting some nod towards what direction PS4 will take at E3 this year. Sony isn’t stupid – it knows that if Microsoft is planning to also say something about its next console [the Xbox 720], it can’t be left behind.”

    Sony’s PS4 Responses:

    Reply #1. Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House has said Sony are not “contemplating discussing anything to do with future console iterations at this point.” At a Consumer Electronics Show 2012 roundtable, a reporter once again asked the same question House was posed. The soon-to-be Sony President Kaz Hirai was asked if there’d be an announcement about a PlayStation 4 at the E3 2012 show in June.

    “We are not making any announcements at E3 2012. I’ve always said a 10-year life cycle for PS3.” -Kaz Hirai

    To quote: “Andy [House] is absolutely right in that we are not making any announcements at E3. I’ve always said a 10-year life cycle for PS3, and there is no reason to go away from that.” — Mr. Hirai, who actually appointed Mr. House for his job, claimed Sony aren’t talking about a new home console right now and that the consumer electronics company has no plans to do that at E3 either. Take him literally and he’s saying PS4 won’t come out until 2016 at the earliest.

    In fact, back when Nintendo’s Wii U was announced Sony President and CEO Jack Tretton told Forbes their reaction to that console coming out in 2012: “I think there’s ground to be carved out for everybody. But I didn’t see anything about Nintendo’s announcement that said ‘Oh, we’d better get working on rolling out a new PlayStation here pretty soon.’ Our attitude is kind of ‘welcome to the party.’ If you’re looking at being a multimedia entertainment device, if you’re looking at high def gaming, that was 2006 for us.

    PlayStation 3 ConsolePlayStation 3 is really just hitting its stride. And technologically, I don’t think it’s possible to provide any advancement beyond what we have. What we’ve seen from the competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3. We invested heavily in that, we rolled a very heavy rock up a steep hill, through the launch period. But now I think that all pays off, and we’ve got a long run way behind it. So, I wouldn’t look for any discussion of a next generation PlayStation for quite some time.”

    Reply #2. Sony Computer Entertainment’s executive VP of technology and CTO, Masaaki Tsuruta, spoke at the International Electron Devices Meeting in Washington DC where he said Sony’s focus for its next gaming projects are at. These include hints to a few directions that will define what PS4 has to offer:

    • Advanced semiconductor research. Although he didn’t clarify between technologies Sony intends to implement in its next PlayStation and those it is only experimenting with. Hardware innovation is needed to realize Sony’s evolving vision of ‘Interactive Games’, but regardless, other elements could be added later via peripherals.
    • Super HD displays. The machine, with display resolutions between 4K and 8K with frame rates over 300FPS, and with new silicon designs allowing for a low latency response for highly immersive games to less than 50ms. If you’re worried this is too far off, apparently “existing technologies could be incrementally enhanced to deliver some of [Sony’s] plans relatively soon.”
    • Haptic technology. He said “What we have today is solely based on vibration.” This new tech is able to replicate sensations “as specific as stroking a cat”, taking feedback way beyond simple vibration and resistance.
    • Reading emotions is the ultimate goal of the PS4. The haptic tech automatically leads to the console increasing the amount of data it senses from players. The aim is to have the console read a user’s vital signs, body heat, and facial expressions!
    • Augmented Reality via 3D Glasses. A version of Augmented Reality delivered via see-through 3D glasses, as a lightweight stereoscopic head-up display. The problem with this idea so far is that “real-time graphics processing locally on a headset and to accurately position virtual truly-3D figures in a dynamically changing environment.”

    To give you an idea what next-generation of games will look like, here’s the real-time demo of Epic’s Samaritan.

    Here’s Haptic Feedback technology being demoed at CES 2012, it explains how it can add a tactile feel to surfaces.

    Sources: MCV, Wall Street Journal, Forbes & E&T

    What do you want from the PS4?


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    • supersaiyanbardock

      I want them to release PS4 2016, cause PS3 still more games are coming and PS3 still has a life, but PS4 will be AMAZING, see ing a DBZ game on PS4 = EPICCCCCC

    • supersaiyanbardock

      I want them to release PS4 2016, cause PS3 still more games are coming and PS3 still has a life, but PS4 will be AMAZING, see ing a DBZ game on PS4 = EPICCCCCC

    • Roshaan

         I totally agree with Jack Tretton on his quote. Where he states his opinion saying that consoles these days are releasing newer models with features that are unnecessary (That goes double for handheld systems such as Sony’s PSP and Nintendo’s DS. Where they have displayed some pretty shocking yet bazaar advancements on their system).
          In my opinion, the release of the PS3 and Xbox 360, seeing that these two systems are the focal point consoles when it comes to this discussion, was a huge leap in gaming history and an even huger advancement in technology. This is mainly because the PS2 and the original Xbox was of low standard, well probably not at that time but looking back one can criticize. Now when these consoles were released the companies put much effort and blood, sweat and tears into making them both include a wide variety of features such as both of them containing numerous entertainment features, multiplayer and co-op ability, social features such as the well known Xbox Live Party and Chat, a wide variety of not only video games but exclusive ones as well, and then the standard hardware and software along with amazing HD quality. After the release, many gamers thought there can’t be any improvement, but oh wait, here we are in 2012 with the creation of the Xbox Kinect system and the Playstation Move. In my view, the Xbox Kinect is not only a great system but a smooth one as well because of the fact that it’s all motion controlled in comparison with the Playstation move where there’s two ‘wands’. Now using controllers along with motion controlled gaming is fine, I mean just look at the Wii, but the Playstation Move just seemed like a desperate leap to compete with Xbox’s Kinect. Anyways back to my point, now that these consoles have been released, the companies are now in the process of producing another model with even further advancements. Now here’s what stumps many people when they think of the question ”What’s there to add?”. If you think about it, what really can be added. I mean both companies have created an original system, an improved platform system, and then they went on to master motion controlled based gaming. I can’t think of anything they can improve on, unless they turn the systems into intelligent robots deemed to rule the world. My assumptions are that they will redesign the look and feel of the systems, add more software, and develop exclusive games for the separate systems, other than that the companies can maybe throw in some odd features which there’s no purpose for and it’s just solely for the reason of competition.
         I hope someone can provide some information as to what Microsoft or Sony will be including. I guess that just leaves to see what the companies will throw in when the systems release.
         P.S. I’m enjoying the new layout of the articles very much. Thumbs up VideoGamesBlogger 😉

    • Damion_ferguson

      I want be able to talk to the character on the game on the ps4

    • Damodian75

      Being able to personally customize what the characters say and when things happen in the game you can add feeling expressions (example, you have an unbelievably spectacular crash, you might say something like “holy s&#t! that was crazy).

    • Ironic

      2016? Man..

    • gust

      i dont want to see ps3 in ps4

      i want to use mouse and keyboard in some games 
      i want it to have it own camera
      i want to connect a my hard disc to it not just a usp
      i want it to have a chat that is downloadable on mobiles 

    • I like how you think @4bbb620b4c43675ca884f79e1a422baa:disqus  ! I felt the same way, and Nintendo admitted as much with the Wii, saying that the controller innovation alone was worth the price of admission, and clearly 90 million people agreed. So yeah, there’s something to be said for the system’s power already being good enough. That said, we’ll probably be shocked at how good Wii U games will look as it’s been 6 years since the Xbox 360 was released and PC development hasn’t stood still. Imagine how big of a leap in technology that system makes and we can be sure Sony will do their best to exceed it as they like their games to be photo-realistic.
      PS: Thanks for the kudos. I just wrote another PS4 article in the same way, comparing rumors to facts. 🙂

    • Yep @supersaiyanbardock:disqus I think most of us are still very happy with our PS3. I still have a backlog of games, so I’m in no rush for the PS4 either 🙂

    • Yaeh @1c7a018a20fbca4c41eb446544292503:disqus just imagine how photo-realistic like movies it’s all going to be!

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