Speculation: What is Known on Sony's PlayStation 4 Console

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249w ago - It's no secret that Sony has been working on the PlayStation 4 for a good two years now, and rumors abound that Sony will bring forward its launch to 2011/2012 to directly take on Microsoft's proposed launch of its next Xbox.

All this talk of will it, won't it? or 'will PlayStation 3 be Sony's last PlayStation?' are largely irrelevant. It's happening, the real question is: what form will the console take?

What follows is a list of possible functions based on what experts inside and outside of Sony have been saying, both current and future trends in the videogame, multimedia and Internet markets, to quote:

Sony successfully pioneered the first truly mainstream games console with the PlayStation 2 by first appealing to an early adopting customer and then, later, opening up the console to a wider market with aggressive pricing, marketing and a range of products (EyeToy, Singstar) that appealed to your non-traditional gamers.

In this regard, PlayStation 3 has failed to learn the lessons that Sony itself once taught. It appeared that only Nintendo was listening.

Nintendo's Wii has proved that the games/software market is much bigger than anyone had previously imagined - PlayStation 4, therefore, needs to appeal to geeks and grannies alike or it will simply...
 

Survey Hints at Netflix Coming to Sony's PlayStation 3 Console?

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250w ago - A new Netflix survey is making the rounds on the Internet; this time it features questions on PS3 support.

Will Netflix be making its way to Sony's PlayStation 3 console after all?

To quote: A survey from Netflix hints at the potential future of the Netflix service, including PlayStation 3 support.

With the one-year anniversary of Netflix's appearance on the XBOX 360 approaching, it's entirely possible that the movie and TV rental service is looking to branch out into other platforms to ensure total domination of gamers' living rooms.

However, there is one interesting bit of information in this survey; unlike the 360's built-in Netflix streaming, though, this potential PS3 streaming requires a Netflix Instant Streaming Disc to work.

This would insinuate that Netflix support would not be built directly into the PS3's firmware like it is on 360, but rather supported through an outside application.

Considering the fact that the PS3 supported Hulu until just a week ago, however, it's always possible that this could change.
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for July 2, 2009

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250w ago - Today PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen shared the following PSN update:

Hi Everyone - It's time again for the weekly PlayStation Store Update.

To commemorate the availability of the Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li movie on the Video Store, we've gathered all our Street Fighter-related items under one category. Find them all housed under the New Releases category. Check 'em out and get your Hadouken on!!

Qore
Qore Annual Subscription - July 2009 ($24.99)
Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network is a high-definition monthly interactive video production covering the world of PlayStation. Qore provides its audience with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to upcoming titles from both the SCE Worldwide Studios and third-party developers across the globe.
File size: 1.17 GB

Qore Episode 14: July 2009 ($2.99)
Episode 14 of Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network takes you inside the dangerous world of Assassin's Creed 2.
File size: 1.17 GB

Downloadable Games
Punisher: No Mercy ($9.99)
Zen Studios gives you a first look at The Punisher: No Mercy, coming exclusively to Playstation Network. Powered by Unreal Engine 3, No Mercy features fast-paced first person shooter action and explosive...
 

Sony Starts Official Licensing Program for PlayStation Peripherals

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250w ago - Today Sony Computer Entertainment announced plans to expand its "Official Licensing Program" to further enhance PlayStation peripherals and accessories for the PSP, PS2 and the PS3.

Press Release: TOKYO, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced the expansion of the "Official License Program" to peripheral manufacturers in Japan, Asia, North America and Europe/ PAL territories to further enhance the PlayStation peripheral and accessory line-ups and offer richer entertainment experience on the PlayStation platform.

By entering into a license agreement with SCE through this program, peripheral and accessory manufacturers will gain access to technical documentations necessary for designing and creating variety of licensed products for PlayStation platforms including PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) handheld entertainment system, PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.

Furthermore, SCE will provide "Official Licensed Product logo" to be used on product packages, proving that the peripherals and accessories have been designed for each respective PlayStation platform, qualifying SCE standards and requirements. Further details on the "Official License Program" are available on the official site (http://www.scei.co.jp/olp/index_e.html)....
 

Sony Sends Out a New PlayStation Home Service Survey

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250w ago - Whether you are a first-time user, come back all the time or haven't been back in a while, it appears Sony is seeking your input on PlayStation Home.

The survey asks how many times have you visited Home since it's public BETA launch last year. Questions also include general awareness of Home and what it offers including the Spaces, Mall, Theater and so on.

Game launching was also a subject touched upon, with how frequent you do it or if you even know about it.

To quote: Sony is asking questions, and you are giving answers. What Sony wants to know:

"How appealing would each of the following potential features be if a new public space was created that was dedicated to the PlayStation brand?"

That's the main question, and Sony then breaks things down into smaller, bit-sized polling that covers everything from PlayStation dev video interviews to trailers of upcoming games to the history of PlayStation.
 







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