PS4: every rumour ahead of tonight’s reveal, right here

By Dave Cook
20 February 2013 08:21 GMT

PS4 is rumoured for a big reveal at Sony’s PlayStation meeting event tonight, and you can watch it live here on VG247. To keep track of the rumour mill’s madness so far, I’ve compiled all of the big game and hardware rumours so far into a handy little crash course on the matter.

The PlayStation Meeting event kicks off on February 20th at 6pm EST and Sony has been reminding us of the fact by sending us a few email alerts. It seems that something big is indeed about to go down next week.

Here’s a run-down of everything we’ve heard so far. Click the titles for the full story:

PS4 announcement: watch live here tonight

This is it. All roads have led here. you can watch the PlayStation Meeting event live via the link above from 6pm EST / 11pm GMT. Bookmark this, you won’t want to miss it.

PS4 connects with mobile devices, requires subscription – rumour

Word has it that PS4 will sync up with mobile devices, and let people play from their console, with others playing the same game on mobile. Don’t fear it, this is the future. The downside is that the console may require a subscription fee like Xbox Live.

Sony registers domains for PlayStation Cloud

This happened. It’s potentially massive, and could signify that PS4 will include Gaikai streaming tech out of the box, letting players enjoy games in the same way they would stream movies from Netflix. However, word on the street is that the console will not be backwards-compatible, and the only way to play PS3 games will be through Gaikai.

PS4 – another report claims the console will use Gaikai to stream games

The WSJ is reporting that PS4 will use Gaikai to stream games specifically for “current PlayStation 3 titles” on the new console, but will also using traditional disc-based methods to play games. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this, as you will note below. According to sources speaking with the news outlet, Sony will unveil the new tech next week along with “higher fidelity cameras” for Move and a touch-pad on the new controller. WSJ notes it’s unsure how Sony will charge for the service, but it will make titles less easy to share or resell, obviously. Sony spent $380 million on its acquisition of the Gaikai service, so it will need to recoup those costs somehow.

PS4 controller screenshot appears online – rumor

Last night, a photo appeared of what looks like a prototype PS4 controller and a console dev kit. The pad features the often-rumoured front touch pad, and a glowing Move sensor on the top. It’s a chunky bugger too. Hit the link above to see it up close. The following day, another shots was released. See it here.

Microsoft exec cautions Sony over next week’s “important” PS4 reveal

Microsoft exec Jon Grimes said in an interview that the PS4 reveal would be important for the industry, due to it stagnating a little, but warned that Sony risks alienating the mass market by going for a hardcore reveal. What do you make of that then?

LittleBigPlanet 3 in works at Sumo Digital – rumour

We lifted the lid off Littlebigplanet 3, which is rumoured to be in development at Sumo Digital. Chances are it could be a PS4 launch window title. What do you think?

PS4 controller: new details emerge pre-reveal

VG247’s own sources have given us a ton of information on the PS4 controller, stating that the rumoured ‘share’ button is a load of bull, an that the start/select buttons have moved. Get all of their info above.

EA: Next-gen consoles ‘unlikely’ to be backwards compatible

EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen has predicted that PS4 won’t be backwards compatible. Could this be where Sony’s newly-acquired GaiKai comes into play?

Motorstorm developer hints lend weight to PS4 reveal rumours

Motorstorm developer Evolution Studios is said to be revealing its first PS4 project next week. Word has it the game was – at one point – a Gran Turismo spin-off until Sony Japan axed the link.

PS4 could come bundled with a “Dual Camera” PlayStation Eye – rumor

Word on the street is that PS4 comes bundled with a dual camera, which would explain the Move sensor bar on the top of the console’s prototype controller. it seems motion will be a fully-integrated part of the PS4 experience.

Killzone 4 rumored as launch window title for rumored PS4

Guerllia Games is billed to reveal Killzone 4 at next week’s event in New York. The title is said to be a launch window release. Whatever the case, their game will surely push visual boundaries on consoles.

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

Sources have said that PS4 will launch this year in Japan, and will use GaiKai cloud streaming tech out of the box. The report also claims it will cost $400 at launch. What do you make of that price tag?

Final Fantasy Versus 13 going next-gen in 2014, Square dropping name – report

An alleged Square-Enix insider has said Final Fantasy Versus 13 will be getting a name-change, and that it’s now a PS4 exclusive.

PS4 racing game in the works at Ivory Tower – rumour

Rumour has it that Ivory Tower – a new studio made up of ex-Eden Games staff – is making a PS4 racing game. it’s said to be a spiritual successor to Test Drive Unlimited.

PS4 – rumored kits have new controller, 4x Dual-Core CPU

A 90-page PDF document surfaced that allegedly revealed a lot of PS4 information, including specs of its 4x dual-core processor. The document is said to have been given out with PS4 dev-kits.

Quantic Dream domain registration suggests a PS4 title is in the works

It hasn’t released Beyond: Two Souls yet, but Quantic Dream has registered a domain name for something called ‘Singularity’, and has linked it to PS4. What could it be?

Kaz Hirai hints the PS4 will release after Xbox 720

Sony’s game boss Kaz Hirai has suggested that PS4 will launch after Xbox 720. It’s anyone’s guess at the moment though.

Showtime: PS4 rumoured at 1.84TF, Xbox 720 at 1.23TF

VG247’s sources have revealed some information on how PS4 and Xbox 720 stack up in terms or teraflops, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Sony Japan patents NFC tech to suppress second hand game sales – report

Rumours suggest that Sony is looking to kill of pre-owned sales with PS4, bu tethering games to a player’s console using near-field communication tech. It’s got a lot of people upset.

PS4: new kits shipping now, AMD A10 used as base

Here it is, the biggie. VG247’s sources blew the doors of PS4 development in this article, revealing that Sony has used AMD 10 as its base, and that dev-kits are with studios. This was a while ago, but its rammed full of CPU details.

Mafia 3: 2K Czech hiring for new ‘top secret, super interesting’ triple-a title

It looks like Mafia 3 is heading to PS4 at some point in the future, as 2K Czech is hiring for a ‘secret’ next-gen title.

PS4 to support 4K resolution – rumor

Sony went big on 4K tellies at CES this year, but back in August rumours flew around saying that PS4 would support the resolution, tying both stories together. Better get saving for a new TV folks.

Thief 4 to launch on Xbox 720, PS4, says mag report

Thief 4 is coming to PS4 courtesy of Eidos Montreal, according to rumours. Would you like to see this game happen?

There you have it, all of the big rumours around PS4 software and hardware. Now, tell us what you think will happen at next week’s event below. We want to hear from you on this.

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