PlayStation 4 due next year?

Source: A report on the Web site of Australian lifestyle and tech magazine Smarthouse cites a Sony insider as providing information that the company might be planning a PlayStation 4 to release in as little as 18 months. What we heard: Upon first glance, the very suggestion that Sony would release...

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Source: A report on the Web site of Australian lifestyle and tech magazine Smarthouse cites a Sony insider as providing information that the company might be planning a PlayStation 4 to release in as little as 18 months.

What we heard: Upon first glance, the very suggestion that Sony would release the PS4 in the next year and a half is absurd. The company invested heavily into the research and development of the PlayStation 3, and there's functionally no way it could make its money back and justify that expense after only a couple of years on the market.

Sony has also been vocal about wanting to extend the life span of its consoles to a decade, something that isn't likely to happen if the PS3 only has two years as the company's premiere offering. And then there would be the resulting looting, riots, and pillaging (hyperbole used for effect) from Sony fans who shelled out $600 for the latest and greatest on layaway, only to have it become old news by the time it was paid off.

However, if one were to keep reading the article, one might suspect that it is not in fact about the PlayStation 4, but about something more akin to the Xbox 360 Elite.

"The device will include the same chipset as the current PS3 but where it will differ from the current model is in the drive bay and in the attachment area," the article reads. "It will also include an extensive software suite for the managing of content being streamed to a TV or Hi-Fi source. In addition, Sony is working on improving the output experience so that the device can become a true home entertainment centre eliminating the need for a media centre."

Unless Sony's marketers have gone nuts, they aren't likely to label a machine with the same chipset and a small array of new features as the PS4. This sounds more like a simple redesign and a firmware upgrade, the sort of changes that could reduce costs for Sony but not even justify a different name or casing for the system. Even if it does wind up being a new PlayStation product, expect something along the lines of the PSX, the combination PlayStation 2-digital video recorder released exclusively in Japan in 2003.

The official story: "This is purely a speculative report. We haven't made any announcements regarding future platforms and are focused on the current and future success of PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation 3." --A Sony spokesperson.

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus.

Discussion

640 comments
solidsnake_cs
solidsnake_cs

Well, I think todays technology are capable of making a new generation console with much better graphics. But its not viable on a economic way. Its if like some company decides to start selling private rockets so people can visit the moon.

NerdyGeekboy
NerdyGeekboy

if they end up creating this, then sony must be desperate since the ps3 has enough crap to offer

diddz1
diddz1

It's a lie, the closest date might be 2011- 2012. What can they change? Then, again, we thought ps2 was the final step...

alex-wwe5
alex-wwe5

how thay just came out with ps3

Fusion13
Fusion13

i got all next gen consoles and hate me if u want they all got there ups and down and yes i got a psp and ds w8ing 4 a ps4 but i would love to w8 longer that a year i doubt that it will show up next year it's goona be just like home previewed then wont come out ever

Aizez
Aizez

Ok, i have 2 friends that work for sony, and they tell me that they will come out with a PS4, but it wont come out till around 10yrs after PS3 had come out. If you look at release dates for ps1 and ps2 they should be about 10yrs apart. so you guys got about 9yrs to get ready for the PS4 and get your hands on a PS3. Also the reason they do 10yrs is so they can milk out the PS3 as much as they can and then release the next so that they can sell a bunch.

dcgeek
dcgeek

There is no need to worry about. Technology isn't there yet. sony launch new sony playstation 4 with hvd tech.this is next gen gaming console with very very high and real graphics.the new hvd disk hold storage capacity of 3.9 terabytes (39,000 GB) and a data transfer rate of 1 GB/s, which is at least six times more than the speed of DVD players. This would, without a doubt, become a giant step in revolutionizing the disk storage industry. Optical Storage Most optical storage devices, such as a standard CD (Compact Disc), save one bit per pulse. HVDs manage to store 60,000 bits per pulse in the same place, in a truncated cone shape, that has a diameter of 500 micrometers at the top and 200 micrometers at the bottom. The HVD Alliance is trying to improve the storage capacity further to touch its dream 3.9 TB mark by inserting a larger number of cones on each track. Competing Technologies In addition to HDV, other proprietary standards are making advances optical disk techno And when SONY said that ps3 would last ten years, they meant it.

beaustaples
beaustaples

well the ps3 has sold more then the 360 ps3 sold over 10million and 360 has not even reached that

NateNgn
NateNgn

I was like WHOA!!! PS4 already? Nah. Based on previous PS consoles history, they will last for a while before a new console comes out. There's no way Sony is gonna release a PS4 so soon. The the slim PS3 model hasn't even come out yet. This was stupid.

joel324
joel324

damn, that would be funny... i haven't even gotten my hands on a PS3 controller and their already planning on making a next console without even a year of the ps3's release..? what's the matter with sony? this completely untrue... that would be the biggest upset of everyone who has their hands on a ps3 right now this second... becuz they would want the ps4 that they would say would be better than the ps3... lol

zellwwf
zellwwf

i knew it was Bogus from the minute i saw ps 4

DXfan1448
DXfan1448

Billybob, don't Sue Sony. You're like Chocolate1325. so You think the Wii will win huh? Not!, The PLayStation Era will continue!!!!!!!

gskehans97
gskehans97

i walk away with the thoughts of " ha ha"......

Rhen_Var
Rhen_Var

Even if the PS3 is failing this is a stupid ideal. This thing is worth $600! And its gonna be old already?! Completely Absurd! PS3 may be behind but it still has a Chance! And if they develope a new console so soon then Microsoft and Nintendo would have beter Technology and they would have to make a PS5!

Triple_H90
Triple_H90

Damn, biggest load of crap I've ever heard.

gecko6
gecko6

whoa! what about a 5 yer lifecycle before the next system?!?!??!?!? well,at least we can expect a wii 2 in 08

ravemaster_866
ravemaster_866

Thats obvious why would they release a PS4 so soon? Who ever came up with the rumor had to be stupid.

DXfan1448
DXfan1448

PS3 Rocks, PS2 Rocks, PSP Rocks ,2010 rocks, PS4 Rocks,PS4 Launch Date and wii.......SUCKS!

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DXfan1448

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1yodsyo1
1yodsyo1

SUPER BOGUS!!! The PS3 will definaly keep the PS3 for at least 5 years.

JoeAsakura
JoeAsakura

"Totally, nonsense...I'm wondering why Gamespot even bother to post this" So we can laugh at the whole idea of it.

Serious
Serious

rumors like this have only one purpose. To scare away buyers from the PS3. G4 talks about a price drop then in the article says its not true. but the Headline is all some people really see. Many don't read the full article.

RidleyxS
RidleyxS

Shock.. D: This is way too soon (if it's real XD)

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sxcjordan2k7
sxcjordan2k7

they would not make the ps4 so soon the ps3 is only out wat is the point to it will be too much

NWA_31
NWA_31

lmao...anyone with half a brain would know that this is fake.

stijnf
stijnf

Looks like there are a lot of "[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]" - messages here.... :-))) If Sony were to read this comment-list, they'd better think twice

rosssca
rosssca

Notice all of the deleted messages below me? People aren't happy....

LOWJ000
LOWJ000

nintendocream u should ask yourself why IGN, 1UP Gamepro and most of the gaming websites have taken that for news too. Are they all Xbox360 fanboy sites? At least GameSpot made sure to put a question mark in the title and post it under rumor control also.

nintendocream
nintendocream

I'm starting to wonder if GameSpot is really an XBox 360 web site....i mean...come on...we all know this is impossible...i wonder why do they even bother to put this in the "news" section

LordelX
LordelX

It's fairly irresponsible for Gamespot to post this article under the title it did. We won't be seeing anything close to the PS4 until 2014.

billybob7897
billybob7897

As a Nintendo Fanboy I like to talk about how bad the PS3 is selling and how the Wii is so much better, but I have no doubt the PS3 will get better eventually. The PS3 will probably continue its trend and have a bad first year. But check out the 360 today compared to last year. Let's just say it improved a lot! I bet you the PS3 will do the same. But, as a Nintendo Fanboy, I think the Wii will sell at least as good if not better than the PS3.

stealth89
stealth89

i lo'd when i read this on the news page.

JamesL007
JamesL007

Its early to start rumors of this kind, Sony would not release a PS4 for about four or five years, they probably would release upgrade equipment instead like a computer. Peace

Unholy_Smite
Unholy_Smite

A nintendo fed lie to hurt sony. No PS4 until 2011 atleast.

Vash67
Vash67

If anything, Nintendo is most likely to release a new console sooner. The PS3 is anchievement in technology. Wii... isn't.

mittu
mittu

This is the gateway for the next-gen entertainment.

killtheponies
killtheponies

In all likelihood, the "PS4" being described will be a slim/upgraded PS3, which will hopefully lead to a price drop (I will NOT pay more than $250 for a PS3). PS4? Please. If I'm playing a PS4 in 2008, it'll be on Mars with Homer Simpson and Dave Chappelle doing stand-up in the background.

plaestic
plaestic

lol seriously, even Sony haters can see how retarded this article is. I feel sorry for the schmuck that's gotta type this garbage up.

thebigc123
thebigc123

Couldn't do it! apparently the Ps3 is going to be out for 10 years until the next ps comes out!

thebigc123
thebigc123

Couldn't do it! apparently the Ps3 is going to be out for 10 years until the next ps comes out!

soupbowl
soupbowl

So, basically, we are [possibly] getting a PS3.5!? Makes sense, i guess, especially if they feel the need to incorporate new technology or generally feel that they need to update the console - to prolong it's life to 10 years. If the update is [possibly] in 18 months time though, surely there will be more things that could be included into it's line up, even more so than a few added extras?

Leonel81782
Leonel81782

After reading this rumor most likely it would happen. The need to recover the money or the Sony will suffer the same fate as Genesis. Now Regarding the PS4 I wouldn't call that I would say the PS3 Elite. Now that the blueray value will drop by the beggining of next year then they wanna take advantage to redo the contract and regain the profit the they lost when the PS3 came out. We you think of it it would be the best idea they got.

redrobodragon
redrobodragon

This is stupid, Ofcourse they wouldnt!.. No matter how good the ps4 is, its gonna take Sony down.. Stupid rumor,.,. VERY STUPID DUUUH, No way... i mean comon people.. lets not be stupid okay? we are the first most intelligent species right?.. lets not ruin that... we have a rep here.. right?