After the release of a mildly cryptic video, the rumour mill has been at it again, however nothing will be confirmed until February 20th. The big reveal will be live streamed and may even be televised, according to Sony. An article in the Wall Street Journal has confirmed the reveal as well as suggested a few new features that the console will have. Such as incorporating more social gaming aspects into the new machine – what this means is still unclear though we are free to speculate until the big day.
Apparently Sony had planned to make the new console a download only machine but have since decided against this idea. The size of Next Gen games (roughly 60GB per title) would be too large and cause strain for the machine with an entire game collection, though the console’s specs are said to be much closer to a computer this time around than with the PS3. A recurring theory is that games may make a jump to USB sticks at some point in the future which will gradually push aside the physical copy of the game as a disc. The last 15 minutes of gaming will be recorded with the ability to edit videos and then upload them online, along with screen shots and so on.
Accompanying the release of the new console will also be an improved version of the Eye Camera which will still be compatible with PlayStation Move and will be released by the end of the year in Japan and the US but not until early 2014 for Europe. Sony are hoping that their exclusives for the new console, such as Uncharted 4, will show how much more power the machine will have in comparison to the PS3.
Revisiting the rumours about the controllers, the PS Home button may be being replaced with a touch screen – other than that the controllers are being kept a closely guarded secret.