15w ago - Yesterday Sony teased with a PS4 / Orbis promotional video on their next-generation console, and today Edge-Online.com (linked above) has revealed some additional PlayStation 4 details as well.
Below is the scoop including purported PS4 launch dates, to quote: "Development sources with working knowledge of both next generation consoles have told us that PlayStation 4 will be more powerful than the next XBox, will ship with a redesigned controller and launch by the end of the year in Japan and the US. PlayStation 4's European launch will follow in early 2014.
Sony is set to reveal its next PlayStation on Wednesday February 20th at an event dubbed 'see the future'. Sony Computer Entertainment released a teaser video last night to announce the event. Below, our sources revealed what to expect from PlayStation 4.
Sources close to the hardware have revealed to us that PS4 will ship with a redesigned controller which is the same size as an existing DualShock but features a small touchpad in place of the existing Select, Start and PS buttons. The tech is based on Vita's rear touchpad, and is similarly responsive in use.
A new Share button on the controller will, when pressed, launch a new feature that will allow screenshots and video to be distributed online. The PS4 hardware will continually record the most recent 15 minutes of onscreen action (with no processing penalty, claims our source), which users will then be able to edit and broadcast via the Internet.
We're told that PlayStation 4 will launch in Japan and the US by Christmas, with a Euro rollout following in early 2014, the delay attributed to the complexities involved in European distribution. Alongside the console, Sony will also introduce a new, improved iteration of its PlayStation Eye peripheral, which remains compatible with the PlayStation Move controller. Move will be available at launch, but it's not clear yet whether it will be bundled with the hardware."
Update: VG247.com has now seemingly confirmed that the PS4 controller will include a front touch-pad, speaking a week before the console's expected reveal in New York.
To quote: "A VG247 source said today that PS4′s rumoured controller touch-pad is real. The input is on the front of the handset. The Start and Select buttons have been moved as a result.
The controller is "more or less" the same shape as the current DualShock. We've been told today that the L2 and R2 buttons have been remodelled for the better.
Sony is expected to announce PlayStation 4 at a New York event next Wednesday."
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$428 in USD? Yeah I'm pretty sure that's not the final price for the USA version. It will cost more than that here in the USA. I payed $600 for the PS3 when it came out. So.. yeah.
Now, PS2 games were like $50, PS3 games $60-70 and sometimes more lol. If PS4 games go higher than $70 I'm not going to bother with it at all and just build my self a gaming pc. At least i hope that they continue with the playstation plus features. Hoping that Sony also puts out something to stop the kiddos from playing matures games. Seriously...
Will the controllers stay the same? I really hope they do.
I'm sure they will be expensive at first. Then like all consoles and games they will drop. You know the price of the game depends on how much work went into creating it. I would not be shocked if they make 3D TV games. I could see them costing $60 per title
Following up on the previous Sony PlayStation 4 rumors, today a well-known Japanese newspaper is http://blog.esuteru.com/archives/6911065.html that the PS4 (Orbis) is rumored to cost 40,000 Yen (around $430 / £300) and arrive in Japan and North America this year alongside some additional rumors from http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNASDD0701Z_X00C13A2000000/ below.
To quote from GamingEverything.com (linked above): "The publication writes today that the PS4 will feature Gaikai cloud tech and will offer special social elements in which you can discuss things with friends while playing games.
Asahi, a well-known newspaper in Japan, is reporting that the next PlayStation will cost more than 40,000 yen. The publication also adds to previous speculation that the console will be made available this year in North America and Japan.
40,000 yen may not mean much to consumers overseas. Converting between currencies, that would be about $428 in USD and roughly 317 Euros.
Two things to keep in mind: 1) Asahi says Sony’s new home console will cost more than 40,000 yen and 2) prices tend to see adjustments in different territories rather than straight conversions.
And of course, Asahi’s report should only be treated as speculation for now."
From Nikkei, roughly translated: "Enhancing network features Sony released later this year, "PS4"
(SCE) will be released in accordance with the holiday season this year "(PS) 4 PlayStation" new product of home-use game machine stationary Sony Computer Entertainment. Become the next generation of "PS3" current machine released in 2006. AC features to enhance the network function, discuss with friends while playing the game.
Presented at the event "PlayStation Meeting" to be held in New York on the 20th. I take advantage of cloud technology outside world game distribution company that was acquired by the United States about 30 billion yen last summer.
"Cell" chip has been developed to be mounted on the PS3 and Sony will not put in the next generation, it seems to adopt the development of semiconductor companies."
Update: According to http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/technology/article3691304.ece, Sony is considering pricing PS4 at about £300 ($400 USD) stating the following (via http://www.vg247.com/2013/02/18/ps4-to-cost-300-according-to-leaked-documents-report/):
Sony is expected to reveal PS4 at its ‘PlayStation Meeting’ event on Wednesday. Leaked documents and sources have claimed that the console will cost £300 at launch.
According to The Times, “leaked internal documents” confirm the price-tag which - if true - mark a significant reduction from the PS3′s original price-tag of £425.