As expected, speculation abounds over what gamers can expect from Sony’s next-gen console. The Wall Street Journal, citing “people familiar with Sony’s plans,” claims that the company will offer a service similar to OnLive, allowing gamers to bid adieu to physical media by streaming content through the latter-day wonder of cloud gaming. The move seems to be plausible, given Sony’s acquisition of Gaikai – a company that specialized in the service – last July. Such an approach could also be used “to allow users to play current PlayStation 3 games on the device, making a broader array of titles available at the outset.” The WSJ article also makes mention of Sony’s interest in social media, including possible integration with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as cross-platform play with supported mobile devices.
Meanwhile, recent leaks showed what was supposedly a prototype of the PS4 controller, showcasing a design similar to Sony’s DualShock, with the addition of a touchpad, speaker, and a glowing bar running across the top, which seems rather reminiscent of the PlayStation Move – in fact, various sites across the web have speculated that the new controller will have some Move functionality.
Various other snippets have emerged – Kotaku makes a number of very specific claims, including that the console will launch in November, with a base price of $429 – but we’ll leave the rest until we get official word from the Sony event. What do you think, gamers? Are you looking forward to the latest incarnation of the PlayStation, or does all this “next-gen” talk leave you with an Xbox-shaped hole in your gamer heart? Sound off in the comments section below!