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Sony Admits PlayStation 4 Currently Under Development.

Back in 2006 Sony released the PlayStation 3 to much fanfare thanks in small part to the inclusion of Blu-ray technology. While physical formats aren’t quite the moving force they were even a few short years ago, hardware still sells. On that same note, the PS3′s hardware while still capable is growing a bit long in the tooth, leaving many to question when Sony will push out an updated PlayStation 4.

At today’s earnings call in which Sony detailed the company’s current financial health, Chief Financial Officer Masaru Kato admitted (indirectly) that the company is hard at work on the next generation PlayStation 4, citing increases in R&D costs.

For the home equipment the PS3 still has a product life, but this is a platform business, so for the future platform – when we’ll be introducing what product I cannot discuss that – but our development work is already under way, so the costs are incurred there.

While details concerning specs, release, and pricing were obviously not discussed due to the extremely early nature of development, it at least signals to us that a new piece of PlayStation hardware is coming sooner rather than later. And coming from a usually quite secretive company such as Sony, we’ll take anything we can get.

What would you like to see on the PS4?

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Gaming Consoles on the way out. Mobile devices to replace big, bulky units in as little as 5 years?

rrod2Are gaming consoles, the very thing that has kept many a geek enthralled for years, on the way out? Is their relevance slowly disappearing as mobile devices become more and more powerful with scalable options and outputs that are ever increasing?

To highlight this simple though looming question, look at the iPhone. While on the device itself the hardware isn’t too spectacular compared to current gaming champs such as the Xbox 360 and PS3, the iPhone is quickly pushing the idea of mobile gaming ahead quicker than it has ever moved before. If someone asked you years back when the original Playstation was released if they ever dreamed that within 15 years someone would be able to play the same games on a phone, chances are you’d laugh and discount them as crazy. Yet here were in 2009 with very playable Playstation One games running on emulators aboard jailbroken iPhones.

But simple on device hardware isn’t going to kill traditional consoles alone. What about those late night parties and weekend frag fests with your friends? If everyone stayed in their room and kept their nose in their own little device, who would have fun gaming anymore? The expanding options to connect phones to TV’s is coming. Looking ahead to 2010, several phones are rumored to be coming with HDMI-out. Watching movies via your phone will be easier and more fluid than ever. If the same phone has the graphical muscle and supporting games to make the most of that muscle, such connections will ultimately make the traditional gaming console obsolete.

iphone-gameJust think, in as little as 5 years, a LAN party could involve nothing more than 20 people showing up at a gaming event with nothing more than themselves and their phone. Again, it’s crazy to think about because even now, LAN parties require some pretty meaty laptops. Ok, so maybe 5 years to the day won’t see gaming laptops reborn inside of phones, but I bet you if we stretch that limit to 10 years the outcome will more substantial. Besides the expanding power of mobile devices, one can also look towards the increase in game downloads, streaming, and other types of cloud services that are beginning to render physical media obsolete as we speak.

The addition of high definition outputs on mobile devices coupled with the push online is only making a market ripe for the taking of any young and forward thinking entrepreneur. Even traditional consoles are relying more and more on cloud based services and features. Though such consoles will always suffer from one big flaw — the cords that tether them to the walls. With battery technology of the near future coupled with the increasing advancements in mobile graphics and computing technologies, the day of the gaming console may be nearing the end.

I’m not trying to drum up mass hysteria and panic by putting a date on console gaming’s death. Though the brains behind such projects as the Xbox and PS platform should be looking at mobile gaming with at least one eye intently trained on it. Whether they like it or not, mobile devices will one day become the go to hardware. Will the golden oldies reinvent themselves or will they suffer the same fate as several other aging industries (namely US auto and newspaper industries) have faced?

What do you think, will the Xbox 720 and PS4 be the last of a dying breed?

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PS4 and Xbox 720 Concepts long for your ocular attention…

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While an actual PS4 or Xbox 720 (if they’re even called that) are still several years off, it doesn’t hurt to dream does it? Not to mention, such awe-inspiring concepts give us gadget nerds a taste of what the future may hold as well as spurring creativity for future designs. In the image above, the device on the left is the conceptual PS4 while the mini-UFO looking thing is the next gen Xbox 720. The transparent touch panel and big twisting knob are definitely quite the sight. The 720 meanwhile looks more spacey — almost if it were picked straight from a Halo game. Want more? A couple more pics await you inside. All you have to do is jump…

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Early PS4 info? (One single, tiny grain of salt falls from the sky)

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As the title says, take this with a single grain of salt as the reality of it as of now looks highly unlikely.  Apparently Gaming Front has received a few early bits of information about the PS3′s successor…the PS4.  Alley Insider contacted Sony about the matter and of course they denied it.  But, given Sony’s history of denying products till their blue only to release them the next day has the credibility equally low.  What is “known” about the PS4?   +Continue Reading