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Rumor: Sony Planning PlayStation 4 (PS4) Reveal in April / May 2013

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66w ago - Just days after Sony officially launched the PS4 Web site, according to a rumor from PC Magazine (linked above) they are now planning a big PlayStation 4 reveal prior to E3 in April or early May 2013.

Below are the purported details, to quote: "Sony already revealed some PlayStation 4 specs at a February event in which the company unveiled the console's controller (pictured) and a stereo camera with motion capture capabilities, but not, to the chagrin of gamers everywhere, the PS4 itself.

But Sony may be parceling out information about its coming game console to build up buzz, according to the source. Some industry watchers anticipated another reveal or at least some PS4 news at last week's Game Developer Conference, but the company only tipped some details about the underlying hardware, Ars Technica reported.

GDC was probably the last big stage for the company to talk up the successor to the PlayStation 3 before the E3 gaming conference in June, unless Sony manufactures its own event. That's precisely what Sony plans to do, according to the source, who said late April/early May will be the likeliest timeframe for a full-blown launch of the PS4.

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Rumor: Microsoft is Planning a 250GB XBox 360 Bundle?

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254w ago - Recently two different retailers released a listing for a new Xbox 360 bundle with a substantial hard drive boost.

Amazon Germany [Register or Login to view links] a 250GB Xbox 360 Elite as well as South African site [Register or Login to view links], both with the same new SKU.

To quote: XboxGaming reports (via [Register or Login to view links]), a sales sheet from BT Games shows what they call a "Super Elite" 360 bundle, which comes with a 250GB hard drive and two wireless controllers packed in, for R4199.95 ($646).

XboxGaming further reports that they confirmed with "local 360 distributor" Comztek that this bundle is indeed coming, along with one that also includes Turn-10's upcoming Forza Motorsport 3 as well.

All this comes only a day after Amazon Germany posted a listing for a new 360 bundle that similarly comes with a 250GB hard drive, two controllers, and Forza 3.
 

Sony is Planning Facebook and PS3 In-game Tie-in

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274w ago - Those who have dreamed of your Facebook profile automatically being updated when you gain a trophy on a PS3 game may soon get your wish.

Sony's John Davidson has indicated that they are already working on a PS3-Facebook integration system for games, to quote:

According to [Register or Login to view links], a panelist asked John Davidson from Sony whether there would ever be a time when someone could do something on a PS3 game and then could 'spit it out to Facebook'.

Davidson replied that such an idea is already in the works and is "critical not just for marketing but for the types of games we're trying to develop. That day is coming quicker than some may think."
 

Rumor: Sony Planning PSP-4000 in 2009, PSP2 to Arrive Later

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290w ago - Eurogamer (linked above) posted news that a PSP-4000 will be released in 2009, which will apparently feature slight hardware upgrades.

They also mentioned that a PSP2 is still planned, despite David Reeve's recent denial.

To quote: Sony plans to refresh the PlayStation Portable product line with a PSP-4000 model in late 2009 and launch a true successor - a PSP2, if you like - later.

Publishing sources, speaking to Eurogamer, were unable to provide any further detail on next year's update, which will presumably follow this year's PSP-3000 in taking an iterative approach. The PSP-3000 launched this October and followed a 2000-series model, the first Slim & Lite, in September 2007.

Even fewer details were available on the PSP successor, but we're told that developers are already working on games.

Sony has not ruled out either scenario, despite SCEE president David Reeves' assertion in MCV last week that "there are currently no plans for a PSP2". "I go to Tokyo quite a lot and no one has referred to it - I think they have their hands full at the moment," he said, non-committally.
 

Rumor: SEGA Planning to Launch SEGA Vision Portable in 2009

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301w ago - Reports from UK Web site The Register (linked above) indicate that SEGA is planning to release a 'PSP beater' in 2009 called the SEGA Vision.

It will be a portable media player with video game functionality, as well as having the ability to play films and being able to capture images and video. Other features include a built in TV Tuner and e-book viewer.

To quote: Sega will next year launch a portable media player boasting enough functionality to threaten Sony's PlayStation Portable, the Register Hardware can exclusively reveal.

The PMP is to be called the Sega Vision and it'll work as a videogames machine, in addition to playing films. The unit will feature an integrated camera for capturing still images and video. A built-in TV tuner will provide yet another form of entertainment. Video below!




 
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