It’s that time again! Time for hardware rumors about the PS3 predecessor, new peripherals and more! It’s easy to get caught up in the hype being a gamer, going from console generation to generation. Many of us have been through many console generations (not saying how many as to not give away my old age) so we know about rumors and speculations. What to believe and what not to believe in most cases. Well I have some rumors for you that are hard to believe as they are unique and maybe even a little outlandish but let’s face it. We need outlandish in our consoles to keep them relevant in the gaming world.
Before we start. These rumors come from dualpixels.com through someone known as Geno who has delivered a lot of information before that has been true in the past so the source is credible. You can see Nintendo, Microsoft and other developer rumors here as well.
Let’s get to the meat and potatoes shall we? Also please remember these are just rumors for now.
PS4 will not be named the PS4. According to the insider rumors it will be dubbed Playstation Omni. It is currently referred to as Orbis as its code name. Playstation Omni will have many unique features and I shall start off with the most likely one first.
Gakai streaming services. With the recent acquisition of Gakai, Sony is laying down a system to support cloud based, streaming games. I think this much is a given. Rumors suggest that PSOne, PS2, some PS3 and all Playstation Omni games will be available on the Gakai service. If you purchase an Omni game, the rumor suggests you will be able to access it on any playstation approved hardware via the cloud.
The new controller is still unknown at this time. It could be another Dual Shock or a new controller completely but what is known is that it will sport a biometric feedback to the console itself. Essentially pulse sensors that will track your attention and reaction to the game.
Next up…backwards compatibility. We all have been worried that the next iteration of Playstation will not be backward compatible. The reason for this is that Cell processors have pretty much hit their stride for performance and there are cheaper and more powerful alternatives available now. To include BC, Sony would need to place both the Cell and whatever new processor they go with in the system making it an expensive beast. The alternative suggested is that the Cell will be available in USB dongle form at the cost of $99 that will allow for BC if the user really is interested in it. This helps bring down the cost of the unit as well giving us an option. The downside is that if you must have it and refuse to use your PS3 that you currently have, it’s an expensive alternative.
Now for the coup de foudre! The rumor suggest that Sony will have a headset available, bundled with the Omni that will sport a clear OLED screen that will allow for off screen HUD’s and information as well as giving every TV, 3D functionality. This will also supply head tracking capabilities as well. This opens many avenues for game play options and styles. Perhaps even combine it with a headset so that its one unique piece.
Last but not least, the price goal for the system without the OLED viewer is $350-$399 and with the viewer $450-$499 and is aiming for a September 2013 release.
So what do you think? Unique? Interested? What would you change?
Written by: Eddie
- Contributing Editor