Rumor: PS4 to launch November, connect to mobile devices

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.

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