Over the past few days a lot of unexpected news concerning the PS4 has surfaced. General expectation was that the Xbox 720 would get ahead as they did with the 360, but so far the most information available is on the PS4. Sony is determined not to be left behind again.
Speaking to CVG and Eurogamer, different sources from Sony Entertainment have been quoted saying that the research and development department are looking into new controller designs. It is unclear whether the DualShock will be a thing of the past, but a newly designed controller is definitely in the works.
One source talks about a possible design that includes an LCD touch screen and Biometric sensors. The biometric sensors are able to sense certain aspects of the players body such as heat, heart beat and such. The very same technology is being used over at Valve for experimentation on the “Steam Box”. If this is true, it would see something like the Wii Pad land in the hands of Sony players. Personally the clunky design and features of the GamePad are distasteful. Hopefully the DualShock controller will be compatible with the PS4 as it has been ever since 1997.
Regarding announcement, sources at Videogamer have talked about a March announcement for both the Xbox 720 and PS4, This announcement will be around the time of the Game Developers Conference in an apple-style conference, whilst keeping the next-gen titles on wrap till E3. This could see details for both machines surface much earlier than expected.
Speaking to a Chilean based website (Emol), Vice President Hiroshi Sakamato hinted at a possible PS4 announcement during or before E3. Confirming that some sort of big news is on its way.
That’s still a big secret, but our friends are preparing Sony PlayStation. I can only say that we are focussed on the E3 gaming event, scheduled for June. [An] announcement may be [made] in that minute or even earlier in May.”
Also, according to GameIndustry analysts (Baird Equity Research) say that the new consoles will be priced at around $350 – $400. Which isn’t that big of a jump from the current costs of consoles (when they first came out that is). No doubt the console will be standalone whereas consoles for that price nowadays come with a game bundle.
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