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PS4 connects with mobile devices, requires subscription – rumour

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 22:54 GMT By Brenna Hillier

PlayStation 4 will be controllable via mobile devices, ship with a PlayStation Eye camera, and adopt a more Xbox Live-style approach to online service subscriptions, today’s rumours suggest.

Citing a repeat anonymous source, Kotaku reports the new console will launch in the US in November in two models priced at $429 and $529. The source said every console will come with a PlayStation Eye camera.

The console will be controllable via smartphones and tablets, as with Xbox 360′s SmartGlass app, but the source said you’ll be able to chat with PSN friends, shop on the PlayStation Store, and start downloads while you’re away from home. The rumour correlates with similar rumblings from yesterday.

A new spectator feature will allow you to watch other player’s gaming even if you don’t own the game, the source claimed.

Unfortunately, the whisperer believes that “most” online features will be locked behind a subscription service called PlayStation World, as with Xbox Live.

Kotaku also posted two new images of what is believed to be a prototype PS4 controller, showing the central touchpad, speaker, and LED light shown in other allegedly leaked photos.

The PlayStation 4 is expected to debut at the PlayStation Meeting in New York tomorrow. If you can’t wait that long, Dave’s rounded up every PS4 rumour so far.

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38 Comments

  1. Madlink

    Okay I admit it…I’m hyped. Roll on tomorrow!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    Better look at the triggers there. The point about the subs service was mentioned as a replacement for PS+. Will it also be needed for online play? I doubt it, but the game viewing and more social features will be included in it I reckon. Streaming a video of your game to a friend sounds kind of cool, not sure how much I’d use it personally mind.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Beta

    So would this be a separate subscription from PS+. Is it replacing PS+ or would you be expected to pay for 2 subscriptions?

    Count me confused. Not too sure about this rumour.

    *Have now read the full article. So it’s a rebranding of sorts for ps plus. That’s fine since I already subscribe to it anyway :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Francis O

    It makes sense why Sony never used PSN is free over Xbox Live marketing tactic. There setting up there own version of xbox live gold and silver. I wonder if you have to pay for online play?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    @3
    Replacing PS+.

    From the Kotaku article …
    “our source says “most” of the PS4′s online features will require a premium subscription to use. Sony’s new online service will be called PlayStation World, our source says, replacing PlayStation Plus.”

    Headline is a bit misleading, they didn’t say it required it.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. TheBlackHole

    @5 Sorry Doc, but PlayStation World is required for online play.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    If PS World feature will be paying for online play then good bye Sony.
    I have no reason to buy a system where you need to pay for the multiplayer.

    My PC does that for free with better social options where you can even create your clan and so on (Steam)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    @6
    OK that’s not going to go down well, but if it also the includes the sort of value PS+ gives I would be in anyway.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Sylrissa

    If it’s just the replacement for PS+, then that’s fine, but if they try to go down the xbox live gold route, I can’t see this going down well.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Beta

    Outside of journey I never play multiplayer so I’m not too bothered by this. :)

    #10 2 years ago
  11. TheBlackHole

    @9

    You say that, but Xbox Live goes down very well with Xbox owners, because the service you get is generally brilliant.

    I happily pay the £30 a year it costs to service not only online play, but all the premium extras you get with it. I’d do the same with PlayStation if it worked as well.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. TheBlackHole

    @7 You are going to be SO pissed when the Steam Box comes out :)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    @12, Steam will be free there for sure. So i won’t be pissed.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. TheBlackHole

    @13 Okay :)

    #14 2 years ago
  15. manamana

    Really, I cannot wait to see what Microsoft has in store after Sony dropped their bombs.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. salarta

    I’m not sure of my thoughts on if Sony put online play behind a subscription fee. On the one hand, I was glad that Sony wasn’t being toolish like Microsoft, but on the other hand, I wouldn’t be too shocked to see the company try to maximize profits in this manner in order to stay in the industry as long as possible. It’s not like there’s a real alternative in the console arena where you can play games for free, given how awkward Nintendo always is about it and how Microsoft has been pulling the subscription fee approach since day one and generating tons of profit from it.

    Though if this subscription fee approach prevents playing any games that have offline modes/elements, or prevents playing used games, then that ensures I won’t touch the console.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Erthazus

    I still believe that Sony won’t charge people to play Online.

    I think major features like Cross chat and other stupid social stuff will be premium.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. theevilaires

    If the subscription thing is anymore than PS+ then count me out. Sorry I’m not paying for online play I just refuse it. Games will more than likely be $65-$70 this time around. No reason why that extra can’t be put toward server cost even if they take a minor lost.

    XBOX LIVE feels so much like a ripoff next to PS+ it would break my gaming spirit if SONY went down the same road after proving PS+ is a way better alternative to earn money with a online sub that keeps both sides happy.

    Sorry SONY I won’t pay for it and refuse proudly. I guess the Wii U will have a chance after all.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Hunam

    This… isn’t what I wanted to read.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Moonwalker1982

    @15

    That makes two of us man. I expect to see great games tomorrow and i hope MS will do the same. Sure they will push the Kinect shitty games again, but please let it stay the fuck away from core games. And please MS bring some new IPs to the table. New IPs along with the Halo’s, Forza’s and so on would make me happy and a buyer.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. daytripper

    If PSN improves to my liking I will pay probably

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Joe_Gamer

    Fuck paying for online bullshit.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Dark

    “most” online features will be locked behind a subscription service”

    “replacing PlayStation Plus”

    So why people think this mean pay to play online?

    @17 I agree.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Sylrissa

    I really hope they keep the basic playing online free, because while I am very happy with paying my PS+ subscription, it’s partly because it’s not forced, but rather it is a choice that you can play online, however here are all these extra benefits if you choose to play the sub.

    I like when you are given the choice.

    @17 I agree, I think this will just be more optional extras for people that choose to pay for, rather then forcing people to pay to play online.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. MadFingerz

    Yeah, I can’t imagine Sony moving to a “pay to play online” service considering how since the PS3 was released they have always been proudly saying that with PS you can play online for free. It must be something else, the alternative is having egg on their faces..

    #25 2 years ago
  26. aprotosis

    Sounds like Sony is just announcing that they are going to be building an Xbox 360 now.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Dragon246

    Ok, maybe people should calm down and read the “most” part.

    I don’t see anything wrong charging for additional services, unless online play is free, which it would be, unless Sony has lost its mind.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Clupula

    As long as playing online is free, I’m fine with the other things requiring a subscription. But if they make it so you have to pay to play online, then they’ve lost a sale.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Samoan Spider

    I did say that today people would be hating on Sony just the same as idiots spent yesterday hating on ms. I would like to see where ps3fanboy has gone because whilst this is rumour I do so like to see him rub his snotty little face in things like this. If the service has the stability of Xbox live I don’t mind paying. Just not over the odds please, ok Sony?

    #29 2 years ago
  30. mojo

    i dont think online play will require a sub.
    the basic features, like now, will still be there.
    Additional ones like cloud saving, possible cross chat, possible streaming and so on will be in the world sub
    and i dont think it will cost more than plus. plus will propably just renamend to worl and features will be added.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. monkees19

    I swear Sony gives me a reason to not like them every day. This is why my PS3 rankes last out of that gen’s systems.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. TD_Monstrous69

    Oh 6 PM, you can’t get here quicker? This sounds like a huge step up in online service, but also similar to XBL. Guess I’ll just have to wait and see to see if even half the rumors are true.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. BlueTemplar

    @31 That makes literally no sense whatsoever.

    Your ps3 ranks last out of all 3 systems because there’s a vague rumour that maybe you *might* potentially one day have to pay for online play?

    How is that worse than the 360, where you’ve always had to pay for this?

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Clupula

    @33 – Honestly, posts like #31 make me wonder if the person even has one.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Bomba Luigi

    So many Terrible (in my Opinion Terrible) Rumors. But it really looks like the Console Market is going more and more in Direction where I don’t want a Console any more.

    But I’m Optimistic for now that it not will be so bad like all the Rumors want to tell me.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Francis O

    We’ll see, I think its in Sony’s best interest to keep playing games online free. The other stuff is cool if it comes with PS Plus. Either way MS better counter cause Sony looks to be playing this one right.

    http://playeressence.com/sonys-all-in-with-the-ps4/

    #36 2 years ago
  37. TheBlackHole

    I have to say, I never thought I would be excited about a Sony reveal – I thought the PS3 and all handhelds since have had disastrous launches, but I’m genuinely excited about tonight.

    Still, I’m going to reserve judgement until MS get to show off their new wares. I’m all about the games this gen, not the media hub crap. I sided with 360 this gen (couldn’t really afford 2 consoles) because of the better multiplat and some strong exclusives like Gears and Mass Effect. I also preferred the controller.

    Back compatibility will be a big selling point for me I think.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. theevilaires

    I just want online play to stay free for everyone. I’ll gladly pay for PS+ so SONY can make money on the network but just let everyone play their games online for free still.

    #38 2 years ago

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  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

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  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

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  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

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  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

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  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

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  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

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  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

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  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

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  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

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  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

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  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

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  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

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  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

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  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

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  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

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  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

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  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

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  • Destiny: House of Wolves – full gear set up to level 34 in PvP and PvE, upgrades, more

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  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch the livestream right here

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  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 22 team includes Barcelona, Chelsea players

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  • Sony’s Spring Fever Sale winds down with Shovel Knight and Call of Duty discounts

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  • Drivers for Xbox controllers, voice messages, more features available in Xbox One preview

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  • Total War: Warhammer has been announced for PC, Mac, SteamOS

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  • This video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features a quest from the prologue

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  • Dying Light debuts in second place on Media Create charts

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  • This Overlord video teases four new faces of evil

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