PS4 may feature cross-platform play with smartphones - Report

Sources say Sony's new console may allow users to compete against others using different hardware; platform to feature Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube integration.

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With just a day to go before Sony's 2013 PlayStation Meeting in New York City, The Wall Street Journal reports that the PlayStation 4 may allow users to play against other gamers on different hardware, including smartphones and other portable devices.

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Cross-platform play is not a new idea for Sony. Wipeout 2048 for PlayStation Vita allows gamers to compete in online races against Wipeout HD players on PlayStation 3. Other titles, like MLB 12: The Show, Mod Nation Racers: Road Trip, and Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, also features cross-platform features for PS Vita and PS3.

Citing unnamed sources reportedly familiar with Sony's plans, the WSJ also reports that the PS4 will let players share achievements through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. In addition, gamers will be able to share gameplay footage through YouTube directly through the console, the sources said.

The newspaper's sources also said Sony is indeed planning a PS4 controller with a touch pad, lending credence to last week's leaked images, which showed a touchpad on its face.

GameSpot will be in attendance at Sony's PlayStation Meeting tomorrow evening, which will also be live-streamed. For more, check out GameSpot's landing page for the event.

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