For those of you who are interested, here is our PS4 release date, specs and rumours article from before the official PS4 press conference. Feel free to laugh/praise us for how far away or close we came with our rumour round-up.
The PS4 release date is fast becoming one of the most anticipated in the technology industry. It's been over six years already since the launch of the game-changing third generation PlayStation, and judging by the appetite to find out the PS4 release date, the public are more than ready for the next Sony console. Take a look at Bioshock Infinite review. (See also: How to watch PlayStation 4 launch live and watch the event live here: PS4 launch: live.)
UPDATE: see our story - PS4 launching Holidays 2013 full details.
The PS4 release date is pretty unique in that still nobody really knows when it is likely to be. Guesses have ranged wildly from E3 2012 to as far away as 2016. So this is the place where we take a close look at the possible PS4 release dates, and try to make some sense of it all. See also Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 review.
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PS4 release date: What Sony says
The official line from Sony was that the PS3 was future proofed to last at least 10-years, which would mean a PS4 release date of no sooner that 2016. However, the wise old heads here at PC Advisor know that technology moves quickly and even the most brilliant piece of hardware released in today's world would struggle to maintain its position as a market leader in ten years time. We recommend you take the suggestion of a 2016 PS4 release date with a pinch of salt, and put it down as a marketing gimmick…promises are made to be broken. See all games reviews.
PS4 release date: Xmas 2013
The crazy kids who edit the Kotaku website are adamant that the PS4 release date will be ready in time for the 2013 holiday season (that's Christmas time in the Queen's).
Kotaku, along with many other websites, have got wind that the PS4 won't even be called the PS4. Instead, the chaps are suggesting that the PS4 will be called the PlayStation Orbis. They even delve into a little latin lesson for our benefit too, and conjure up a remarkable theory that J.K. Rowling would be proud of penning. You see, orbs is Latin for circle, and PlayStation's handheld/portable unit is called the PlayStation Vita (which is near enough Vitae) - so, Kotaku claim if you put the two together and you get Orbis Vitae which means 'the circle of life', which leads them to conclude the PlayStaion Vita will be included in the PS Orbis somehow. It's a cracking effort/theory if you ask us...albeit lacking a little substance.
PS4 will be mega-HD and 3D
According to the IBTimes, the new PlayStation will come with a whopping AMDx64 CPU and an AMD Southern Island GPU. What IBTimes says this means is, the PS4 will be capable of playing games with an 4096x2160 image; 3D games can be played in 1080p - the PS3 can only play 3D games at a resolution of 720p.
When tech giants release new games consoles, the fashion of late has been to make them backwards compatible. Well, sorry folks, every rumour we've seen so far seems to suggest the opposite is true for the PS4. Sony are going to go in all guns blazing for its next generation games console.
Tech website T3 says it is expecting "Microsoft Kinect styled movement-based gaming" to come as standard on the PS4. Oddly the popular tech website only briefly elaborates on the rumour stating that manufacturers Peagtron Technology and Foxcomm will both make the movement based gaming consoles. Sounds feasible enough to us.
There are a few mad designs doing the rounds right now. Here's a couple of concepts that have caught our eye as being vaguely realistic.
More PS4 release date, specs and summer round-ups to follow...