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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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    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

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  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

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  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    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 […]