PS4 Rumors: Online Play will Require a Fee, SmartGlass Like Technology, and Tentative Prices
A reliable source told the gaming website Kotaku a bunch of juicy tidbits regarding the PlayStation 4. First and foremost, the unnamed mole revealed that Sony is shooting for a November launch for their new system. And when it’s released, the plan is to have two SKUs, one costing $429 and the other $529, which is cheaper than the PlayStation 3‘s launch which was $599. The reason for the difference in price was not given. According to the source, that information will be kept secret from the other announcements tomorrow.
Along with the newly designed controller that has a trackpad in the middle, every PS4 bundle will be packaged with the PlayStation Eye, a webcam motion technology Sony has been pushing since 2003. One feature Sony looks to highlight is the ability to spectate games, and the device will allow gamers to broadcast their face while their friends play a game.
This source is also suggesting that Sony’s free to play online service is about to end. Apparently, if gamers want to play online they’ll have to subscribe to premium service, much like what Microsoft provides with Xbox Live to their customers. Allegedly, Sony will also be rebranding their online service. The PlayStation Plus, along with the PlayStation Network will now be branded as PlayStation World when the PS4 launches.
The source also leaked information about the ability to use a tablet or smartphone to control the PlayStation 4. Gamers will be able to chat with their friends on their mobile device, navigate the system’s OS, and even have the ability to purchase digital games which will automatically start downloading on the PS4 once they purchase it on their phone. This is a feature that is similar to what Microsoft announced during E3 2012, called SmartGlass, which is already available for some phones and tablets. However, all the features that Microsoft promised, have yet to be released.
Obviously were all anxious to see if this information pans out to be true. And even if a majority of it proves to be real, I highly doubt all of it will be revealed during Sony’s major press event tomorrow. They’ll need some extra hype going into this year’s E3.