So with less than 24 hours until Sony makes their big announcement which just about everyone in the world believes will be the PlayStation 4, we’ve got more rumors. Kotaku has been informed by a reliable source that the PlayStation 4 will be released this November in the United States. For reference, this is the same source that told them back in early 2012 the codename for both Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles, so they have a bit of credibility there. According to this source, the PS4 will come in two models, which they say they expect to retail for $429 and $529 respectively. No word on exactly what would be different between the two models, HDD size we assume at a minimum. With that said, they went on to say that the pricing could still change and Sony won’t announce the final pricing until later this year, perhaps around E3 2013.
The source went on to reveal that the PS4 will be heavily integrated with mobile, allowing you control your PS4 from your tablet or smartphone. You’ll be able to chat from your device to your friends on the PS4 in addition to having the ability to buy games from your devices and have them automatically downloaded to your machine. So if your games take forever to download, you can buy the game from work or school or wherever and have it ready to play by the time you get home.
Now the part many current PlayStation owners won’t like. Kotaku’s source has indicated that “most” of the PS4’s online features will require a premium subscription to use. The new service will apparently be called PlayStation World, which would replace PlayStation Plus. The key thing in the previous sentence is “most”, this leaves the door open that basic online functionality could still be free, but at least some features we currently get for free on PS3 will now be part of the paid subscription. As a current PlayStation Plus subscriber, I wouldn’t mind paying an extra $10 a year for tons of additional features, though any more than that and I’d have to think about it.
Rounding things out, the sources indicated that every PS4 will come with a PlayStation Eye and will feature a new spectating mode that will let you watch your friends play games from your console’s dashboard, even when you don’t own the game they’re playing. They also said that the console will support local network play via Vita.
So that’s all we got for now so ponder on that. The good news is that we are mere hours away from learning exactly what the future of PlayStation is. Keep it locked right here on ZoKnowsGaming for all the latest PlayStation 4 news.