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PS4 out in 2013, uses Gaikai tech, $400+ – JP reports

Thursday, 7 February 2013 00:27 GMT By Brenna Hillier

PlayStation 4 will launch before the end of 2013, cost at least $400, and feature Gaikai technology as well as expanded social feature, Japanese newspapers have claimed.

The date and price details come from daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun. According to Gematsu‘s translation, the console is expected to cost more than ¥40,000 – $427.

At launch, the base 20GB model PlayStation 3 was priced at just under ¥50,000, or $534, and retailed at $500 in the US. This suggests the PS4 might be cheaper than its precursor if a similar pattern of conversion is used, but the report does say the ¥40,000 figure is the minimum expected price and the yen and dollar are in a very different relationship at present.

The report also mentioned Sony is scurrying to meet expected demand in the US and Japan, with no mention of Europe; the PlayStation 3′s PAL territory release was delayed for several months by hardware shortages. PAL territory pricing on Sony hardware is generally more expensive, even allowing for conversion.

Meanwhile, in a Nikkei report also translated by Gematsu, the console is said to draw on Gaikai’s cloud infrastructure somehow.

For a number of reasons, it’s unlikely that Sony will offer a full games streaming service, but Gaikai could be used to power demos and trials as well as other media content; prior to its acquisition by Sony, it was one of the few companies in the world with a global server farm of the kind which will be needed if gaming ever goes completely digital.

Nikkei further claims that the PS4 will feature expanded network functions, including a social feature allowing users to exchange opinion while playing. It sounds a little like MiiVerse, and matches rumours of a “share” button, but may refer to cross-title chat – a much requested feature.

The paper agreed with Asahi Shimbun that the new console will arrive by the end of the year, and with many past rumours that it will not utilise the PlayStation 3′s Cell architecture.

A PlayStation Meeting has been called for two weeks from now, and the PS4, codenamed Orbis, is expected to show its face at long last.

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41 Comments

  1. stevenhiggster

    EU PlayStation gamers getting the shaft again, no big surprise there or with the price.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dark

    i’m fine with $400 or even $500 , but the launch titles will be the selling point for me.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. GuerrillaDawg

    “At launch, the PlayStation 3 was priced at just under ¥50,000, or $534, and retailed at $500 in the US. ”

    Wasn’t it $599?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. nando

    “PlayStation 4 will launch before the end of 2014, a report in Japan’s Asahi Shimbun has claimed.” is obviously bullshit.I am pretty sure that Ms will launch the next console in this Christmas (Road Opens in 2013 definetely PGR 5 for the next xbox launch)and Sony will wait one year to launch ps4? It doesnt make sense at all.If it is true,no doupt Sony will collapse with ps4 sales and never catch their rival.If it is true thats a damm Russian Roulet Sony will play with Playstation TM.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. TD_Monstrous69

    @1 yea, kind like on how eu plus members get the best games in the instant collection, yep, just a total fucking shaft.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Brenna Hillier

    Sorry, typo: end of 2013, not 2014. What year is it again?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. mkotechno

    I must be retard cause I paid 599€ (750$) when was launched. Funny how companies still applies 1$=1€ in europe.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Valkryst12

    It sold for $750+ in Australia at launch.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Kaufer

    #3 Its $500 for the 20GB SKU.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Brenna Hillier

    AU and EU prices are almost always higher, yeah, but remember the PS3 launched with a couple of models, and the cheapest one didn’t come to PAL territories.

    Edit: I’ve made some edits pertinent to this discussion.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. CPC_RedDawn

    If they release it at OVER £400 in the UK, it will seriously have a hard time selling.

    If they can get it to £350 or £399 (which is what I think it will be) then it could have a really good chance.

    Or release it over £400 but they will need to pump a lot into the console to shift it. There is no good in giving people a just a console and a controller.

    I would like to see the high end package contain:

    PS4 unit,
    500GB HDD (maybe 250GB SSD but that’s a stretch)
    a stand,
    TWO controllers,
    HDMI cable (2 meters at least)
    12 months free subscription to PSN,
    and 6 months free subscription to Gaiki PS3 game streaming,
    And maybe a PS4 game or at least a demo disk (BRING BACK THE DEMO DISKS!!!)
    Maybe even through in 3 months free subscription to Netflix, Hulu, or LoveFilm as well!

    Sell this for £450-£499 and you might get away with it.

    AND above all else get some first party games out and RRP them at £40 (no higher)

    and then get a SHIT STORM of third party support for the system in the form of triple A devs, and as many Indie devs as possible (give them a license fee break to entice more to program and release on your system).

    #11 2 years ago
  12. theevilaires

    ^ You’re living in a crazy dream.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Hellhound30x

    DAY ONE!!! SO THERE DAY ONE!!!!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. osric90

    Bad idea. Around $300 is acceptable, but $400? That’s nuts, why? Because it’s only featuring few changes in the system (still Blu-ray, still a lot of things). End of 2013 for a release year is even worse. A ton of AAA games will end up being “last breathe” games and I don’t think studios will like that. PS4 for 2015, period. Big change, big jump and PLEASE: complete backwards compatibility (that’s PS1, PS2 and PS3). Or you better cost less than $200, PS4, Orbis or whatever.

    When there are games about to achieve a new narrative format, better entertainment structures… generations always change and it’s all about graphics again.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Dark

    Another PlayStation 4 report!

    http://gematsu.com/2013/02/nikkei-ps4-to-utilize-gaikai-have-expanded-social-features

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Brenna Hillier

    Added already.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. lexph3re

    Jesus 11 why don’t you ask for stock options as well while your at it. And, a 401k package too.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. daytripper

    Can’t wait for the 20th

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Telepathic.Geometry

    Main thing I wanna know is, will it be backwards compatible?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Brenna Hillier

    @19 since they’re not using Cell, I suspect not. It might be backwards compatible with PS2 though, haaaaa.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Telepathic.Geometry

    Well, fuck. /is disappoint

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Zohar

    My guess… $399 for the basic pack, $449 for the premium pack.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. ninjanutta

    ive read somewhere that a dongle for backwards compat is going to be sold for ps4,not sure if its true but wouldnt suprise me

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Telepathic.Geometry

    I could live with that…

    #24 2 years ago
  25. tmac2011

    400 i can deal with hoping for backwards compatiblity with ps3, hopefully this launch will go really good

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Tormenter

    Why the hell would they make it backwards compatible when they have a built in consumer force, thick as two short planks, who are willing to pony up to repurchases their games catalogue for a new console?

    As soon as you all fell in to line with the PS3.. and xbox users are in the same boat, they suddenly realised that they could just sell you ‘backwards compatibility’ @ $50 per game.

    What kind of business sense (except stupid gamer logic) would it be to suddenly reintroduce it?

    Built in BC in a console died a generation ago because none of you could take your lips from the their dick, it’s not even a thing now.

    You aren’t even dreaming.. you’re just being stupid.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. VATman

    They should use Gaikai tech for offering retrocompatibility, I think next gen could be a match point for the future of Sony and Microsoft, so they have to be imaginative and not as mean with the customer as they have been during this generation.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Sini

    Since that trash Wii U goes for $350 I don’t see anything wrong with a $399 price tag. Would rather it be $499 with some beastly hardware specs.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Hybridpsycho

    @osric90

    Stop nagging about backward compatibility, it limits the new machine extremely. It’s completely unnecessary. if you want to play your old games, keep your old console.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. fihar

    No backwards compatibility would be stupid.
    I’m so not going to let the 50+ titles on my PSN download list be wasted.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. orakaa

    @30: I think ALL PSN games will be compatible. No question about that. The backward compatibility that we won’t have is for main PS3 games, based around CELL architecture

    #31 2 years ago
  32. MadFlavour

    Under £300 and I’ll consider an early buy.

    >£300 and a day one purchase won’t be happening, unless I somehow strike it rich between now and then.

    >£400 and I will probably pick one up pre-owned six or seven years down the line, just like I did with the PS3.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Erthazus

    £400 is cheap for a system that will have games, but Sony machine won’t have them at launch.

    System specs so far are not impressive, I guess that Sony fanbots will buy it at launch. Stupid fanboys.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. PC_PlayBoy

    Next gen consoles aren’t worth a bucket of warm spit.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Gadzooks!

    #34

    Leave this site you worthless troll.

    You are not wanted here.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. kaffikjelen

    I’d be willing to pay more.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. DrDamn

    Last time $599 equated to £425. Different exchange rates this time, but not unreasonable to think that actually they are aiming for a price point around £300 in the UK based on that.

    For the core usable model I think that’s the price point both Sony and MS will be aiming for, maybe upto £350 with premium models.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. dizzygear

    @5 Cry me a damn river.
    How is Persona 4 Arena? Or Counter Strike GO? Or Xenogears? Because we have yet to see them. You get your games on time, better priced and uncensored. PAL PSN is a fucking joke.

    Sony should just dissolve SCEE and leave to the PAL zone to Microsoft, Valve and Nintendo.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. xxJPRACERxx

    People pay $500+ each year for new iPad and don’t want to pay $400+ for something that will last at least 5 years…

    #39 2 years ago
  40. OlderGamer

    Not always the same people JPRACER.

    From what I have seen it comes down to two things:

    Price.

    Controler.

    I am not impressed at all with the new XBXNXT “leaks”.

    But that is the thing…none of this “Info” is anything we can hang our hats on. Going to say it again, best to just wait. But I bet by tomorrow, there will be yet another “report” on one or another of the up and coming system specs, benchmarks, services, games, or price.

    Tbh, I am losing interest.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. RocknRolla

    @4 whats the matter with you? Article says end of 2013 not 2014 dumbass..

    @11 be happy if you get a HDMI cable, other than that you should do some reading before writing something stupid like that again.. Do you know how much you’r asking for haha? I wish we got all that, but I strongly urge you to come back to reality.

    500$ is ok price for me I live in Europe so I hope this does not go down like it did with the PS3 :) the wating is unbearable.

    #41 2 years ago

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    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]