Rumor: PS4 to launch November, connect to mobile devices
posted on 02.19.13 at 06:04 PM EST by (@salromano)
Pay for online features and watch your friends play games.

PlayStation 4 Prototype Controller

PlayStation 4 will launch November in the United States, according to a Kotaku source.

Sony is planning two SKUs for the platform—one at $429 and another at $529—but that could change, said the source.

You’ll be able to control your PlayStation 4 remotely from a tablet or smartphone, the source claims. You can apparently use your mobile device to chat with friends and buy games from the PlayStation Store, which are then automatically downloaded to your console.

In the online realm, “most” of PlayStation 4’s network features are said to require a premium subscription, similar to Xbox LIVE. It is said to be a new service that replaces PlayStation Plus called “PlayStation World.”

Echoing previous rumors, every PlayStation 4 is said to be bundled with a PlayStation Eye camera.

Among other things like a fancy new log-in system, a new spectating feature built into the system will apparently enable you to watch friends play games from your console’s dashboard, even if you don’t own the same game.

Additionally, the system is said to support local network play via PlayStation Vita.

Alongside these details, Kotaku’s source sent in another photo of the PlayStation 4 prototype controller that surfaced a few days back. Find it attached right.

PlayStation 4 is expected to be announced tomorrow night in New York City. Stay tuned for Gematsu’s coverage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000720552713 Paulo Campos

    “pay for most online uses” well, fuck you sony, the only reason i got the ps3 insted of the xbox is that i did not have to pay to go online, now you don’t have a main weapon to fight xbox next with…

    • http://kougeru.tumblr.com/ Kou

      Don’t assume so early. It’s still a (reliable) rumor, but it still doesnt mention exactly which features. If they at least keep Online gaming free, I’ll be happy. If not, I’ll stick to my PC where it’s always been, and always will be free to play online. Netflix better still be free as well (excluding the Netflix fee itself of course). Anything else I don’t care about. PSN+ was a better service than LIVE to me because it actual discounted games and gave a lot of “free” stuff while LIVE was really a barrier that blocked a lot of stuff that should’ve been free (netflix and online gaming) from people who didnt pay up.I still think LIVE is a scam and I really hope Sony doesn’t follow suit.

      I’m sure that Mobile phone thing is gonna be a pay feature just like Cloud Saving was on PSN+, but like you said…free online gaming was their strongest card.

      • Dean Winchester

        “free online gaming was their strongest card”

        WRONG. The best library of games for the 3rd generation in a row IS their strongest card.

    • Kkdog4Sado

      *Rumor*
      With that said, it reads “Most” it says nothing about specifically playing online being a pay only experience. Let’s just wait.

    • Dean Winchester

      How about actual worthwhile exclusive games as a weapon?

      Oh wait….you arent interested in good games? Just free online play?

      The Wii-U still offers that.

      I would say wait and see what Sony has to say about online play for PS4 but I see you have travelled through time, gotten an undesirable answer and then travelled back here to let the Gematsu community know that you prefer to “fuck” Sony as they no longer have any advantages over MS.

      Cool.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000720552713 Paulo Campos

        not sure if you’re a sony fanboy or a nintendo fanboy…

        • Dean Winchester

          Try a fanboy of excellent games. Something MS is incapable of delivering.

          Coupled with their inability to make dependable hardware and there truly is no reason for them to exist.

          Also try a fanboy of common sense. I can look at the patterns Sony has established in the past and use common sense to not fly off the deep end and start passing out the “fuck you’s” based on rumor and speculation.

          Good day.

  • http://kougeru.tumblr.com/ Kou

    “apparently enable you to watch friends play games” I love game streaming/recording but this will waste graphical/processing power of the machine. Im assuming there will be a way to turn it off but if devs cater to this then they’ll keep making games locked at 30 fps :|

    • DrForbidden

      This. If I just want to watch other people playing games I don’t have, I have Youtube…

    • KurisuMakise

      It really shouldn’t waste much resources at all, with all things considered. It depends on how the OS handles that task. Keep in mind the ram amount for the OS and the type of ram PS4 is using.

      • http://kougeru.tumblr.com/ Kou

        I honestly don’t know much about how that stuff works, all I know is that I can run BF3 max settings 1080p (anti-aliasing and shadows on low) at 60+ fps and when I start recording/streaming my ping goes up and my fps drops by 30-50%. Now that I think about it, I’m more afraid of the ping issues it will cause. Ping/lag is already a major issue I have with consoles. I don’t know if it’s so many people playing on bad wireless connections stolen from their neighbors, or just the nature of consoles but it seems like the number of high ping players (200+ ping) per game is twice as high as on PC. Having a bunch of people streaming won’t help this at all. Still waiting for America to adopt fiber optic internet nationwide >.<

        • KurisuMakise

          Very valid concerns admittedly. The ping would be the big issue here but then if you think about Skype’s screen share, provided your connection is decent, it’s pretty solid. So a lot of it really is down to how it’s implemented and how much resources does it need to stream back. Good technology and practices is key to make this idea useful.

  • http://twitter.com/FlameDragon_ Stealth

    sounds lame

    • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

      Yeah… wtf if this is true SONY wants us to pay to unlock the PS4?… per month? HAHA.. HAHAHA.. T.T defuq this sucks!

      • Dean Winchester

        thumbs down!

    • Dc1

      What the heck!
      I’m sure the on line will be free. Why are we bashing additional above and beyond options at a cost? Hold tight until 02/20 6PM EST!.

      • Dean Winchester

        Reason is not welcome amongst sensationalist self entitled haters.

        This is the internet after all. A cess pool of fecal matter spreading their stench to any and all comers.

  • Raiyu

    “In the online realm, “most” of PlayStation 4′s network features are said to require a premium subscription, similar to Xbox LIVE. It is said to be a new service that replaces PlayStation Plus called “PlayStation World.””

    Hopefully that’s stuff that’s not online and cross-game chat. Free online is one of the advantages Sony has against Microsoft, they’d be stupid to hinder that.

    Everything else sounds pretty awesome, would love to just drop in and watch my friends play games.

    • Skerj

      Cross game chat might be a paid thing, then again it’s free on Vita so who knows. If Sony offers it up for free on PS4 and keep the current things that are free the way they are then GG Live. Plus is already a better deal without making people feel forced into it.

      • Raiyu

        Yeah thinking about it, cross game chat is free on Vita so maybe it won’t be paid. Also thinking about it, I wonder if we’ll have to pay to play online for Vita too if this turns out to be true…

  • Animebaka

    backwards compatiblity plz?

  • uhawww

    The most likely scenario is that what’s free now on PSN will remain free, and Sony will buff the hell out of PS+ (Gaikai-related features, spectating, etc).

    • Solomon_Kano

      That’s what I’m hoping for. Don’t take away features from the normal customers, just add reasons for them to want to be PS+ members.

    • Skerj

      That, makes the most sense and I don’t think they’d piss anyone off for going that route (even the whiny kids).

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    I try my best to not speculate on most rumors. I’ll say this much, if PS Plus is really getting replaced by the Sony version of Xbox Live… That really sucks.

    I hope Sony proves me wrong, I hope that the next PlayStation still offers things that should be free to use, without handcuffing users and forcing them to pay for a premium service. (Everything that is free to use on the PS3 should be on the PS4. Like playing games online. etc…)

    I’ve posted on here before about how proud I am of Sony. They built a great service with PS Plus, and they did so by providing a service that benefits the customers, it’s great for us! This should be the norm, not the other way around.

    I know some will say… They have to make money for blah blah. That’s fine, I understand that. That doesn’t mean I’m cool with them locking tons of features that are free on other devices, and more or less forcing me to pay to use them.

    Let’s all hope this isn’t as bad as it sounds.

    • Dc1

      On line will always be free. The extra stuff are extra :)

  • http://twitter.com/SwimsuitHakufu ギャビン

    I’ve been told September is the date it will be available in the west.

  • Bloodios

    I’ll just hope that the premium subscription part is just one of Kotaku’s many BS.

  • Solomon_Kano

    At this point, we’re so close to the reveal that I want to put stock in this… but then we’re so close to the reveal that I see no point in rumors anymore. We’ll know for certain tomorrow.

    Ideally everything that’s free today on PS3 will be free on PS4 with new features being tied to this model. They’ve got a good thing going with PSN, it’s less beneficial for them to start taking features away than it is for them to start adding more incentives to subscribe.

  • Prodigy-X

    Yall know they mean PlayStation Cloud, PlayStation Plus, and probably other new features we haven’t seen before. As far as online, PlayStation Home 2.0 & cross game chat those are more than likely free.

  • GaySkull

    PS4 will have One Touch integration with Xperia phones and Bravia TVs that’s for sure

  • syaznifaiq

    Why anyone here believe Kotaku ? … Kotaku as quote by Hideya Kamiya himself ,a sensionalist journalism desperate for hits and douche bags .. he’s right, remember FFVSVXIII cancellation rumour ?

    • Rezar

      Gematsu has more credibility and reliability than Kotaku could ever hope to have. Besides this is just rumors. Nothing is official yet. We will know quite a bit about the Playstation 4 tomorrow.

    • Dc1

      Very good!
      I would be shocked if the free on-line option is no longer available.
      Sony appears to be lunching a new subscription plan/ or extra ‘at cost’ features. Of which, I am not opposed :)

      • syaznifaiq

        yeah, ..even IF this news is miracle-ly true, people seem forget about the ‘most of PlayStation 4′s network’ part … means we can choose which one we like free or premium .. i assumed

  • http://twitter.com/Elvick Elvick

    Hmm, I wouldn’t mind a spectating feature honestly.

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    “one at $429 and another at $529″
    If this is true, then I see actual BC feature on the latter version…

    “You can apparently use your mobile device to chat with friends and buy games from the PlayStation Store”
    Great, that solves the ‘party chat without a keyboard’ problem with the mobile device’s input…

    “most” of PlayStation 4′s network features are said to require a premium
    subscription, similar to Xbox LIVE. It is said to be a new service that
    replaces PlayStation Plus called “PlayStation World.”
    That sucks… Then again, the PS+ feature called auto-updating doesn’t look like a premium thing and this is just a rumor…

    ” a new spectating feature built into the system will apparently enable
    you to watch friends play games from your console’s dashboard, even if
    you don’t own the same game.”
    To spread awareness of the game you don’t know while your friend has it… The question is ‘Is it the entire gameplay(Steaming) or just the short bits of it(Recorded gameplay)?’…

    “Additionally, the system is said to support local network play via PlayStation Vita.”
    What the hell does this mean? Remote Play?

  • PrinceHeir

    great stuff :D

    but will wait 2-3 years, want the system to grow first :P