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Sony: PS4 Must Display A "Significant Leap" In Technology

Everyone is wondering when the PlayStation 4 will arrive, but Sony has - unsurprisingly - remained quiet on the subject.

The latest update leads us to believe the PS4 could still be a long ways off, depending on how you interpret the wording. During a recent MCV interview with SCE CEO boss Andrew House, we learn that Sony won't talk about anything until they've got a console that shows off a marked improvement in comparison to the current generation.

Said House:

"The right time to talk about new advances in hardware is when you can demonstrate a significant leap on the current experience, and something that is going to be attractive. That remains our philosophy. Beyond that we have nothing to say at this point."

Some have theorized that Sony might release a more casual machine the next time around, so as not to dig a deeper financial hole with costly, cutting-edge hardware. But it appears the company still wants to produce a powerful console, and they're not going to reveal anything until they've got one. Still, we hope they at least give us some pics of the new machine...this stupid fake PS4 mock-up is getting old.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, sony, new playstation, next generation

6/19/2012 9:15:31 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (37 posts)

LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 @ 9:59:04 PM
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I'm looking forward to seeing how they expand upon the way the PS3 reads media. I really enjoy using my PS3 to watch movies and TV shows.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 @ 10:50:12 PM

It's so handy, I never have spend money on burning blank DVDs again.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 @ 11:19:56 PM

PS3 Media Server FTW

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faraga
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 2:23:04 AM

Hopefully by making it able to read NTFS formatted hard drives. I hate not being able to put files larger than 4GB on my PS3. Also, .mkvsupport. Wifi connections usually aren't stable enough for constant high quality video stream.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 2:29:57 AM

I don't think the PS is the right machine to work as a *server*. You need some big MF discs in a real media server, plus preferably a torrent client to work for you etc.
The Playstation is the obvious media client in the livingroom though. Hopefully the ps4 will support a broader range of codecs.

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tes37
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 @ 10:15:10 PM
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I like the way Sony thinks. I wouldn't expect anything less than a significant improvement from them.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 @ 10:24:21 PM
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now what happened to it "being undesirable to launch after the next Xbox"

Anyway, there's a lot that can be extrapolated from the dude's comments from this article. One of which is definitely the cost/performance factor. The hardware is most definitely there to blow the crap out of the current gen. How marketable it is at this point is a different matter.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 @ 10:53:52 PM

Did you see that Microsoft announced their new tablet? Seems a bit late, made me laugh. It has a little keyboard.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 1:07:32 AM

I've seen little. And what I have seen left me underwhelmed. Some day I'll get a fancy tablet but until then my $280 netbook I've had for over year does everything I need a mobile computer for outside of games. I've written a number of reviews on that little Toshiba ;) To do that on a tablet I'd have to pay extra just for a physical keyboard.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 2:02:29 AM

I have a nice little Acer netbook and a Kindle Fire. I'm slowly moving into reading books on it. I still prefer the physical book but I ran out of shelf space a long time ago.

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FxTales
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 @ 10:40:33 PM
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It just seems a little bit early for next gen consoles. Either that or time is going way too fast now. I don't know.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 @ 10:55:53 PM
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Take your time Sony, only Quantic Dream and Naughty Dog have grasped the PS3's power so far.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 2:31:52 AM

After this long I'd say that's an argument in itself for a replacement of the hardware. ;)


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tes37
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 6:11:14 AM

Beamboom, I'd say some people need to get their act together or change careers. They don't replace equipment you can't figure out, they fire your *ss, at least in America.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 7:40:53 AM

Hehe... "Some people".... Let's see: QD and ND makes... 1% of all developers? If we add a couple more 1st party houses we are probably there. Ergo, 99% of all developers should be fired cause after all there's nothing wrong with the product. No way. Can't be.

That's rational only in America.

Call it what you like, but tell me this: What's easiest? Replace the hardware, or the people?


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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 12:07:59 PM

I was kind of saying if most devs can't keep up with current gen hardware they won't do any better with something even more powerful.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 1:41:52 PM

"Keep up with"?
Man, seven years plus before developers are able to write efficient code for it is *ridiculous*, no matter what kind of hardware we talk about. It's pure insanity. It would have been a complete catastrophy had this been any other kind of computer. It really is madness. I lack words to describe it!

You can't release hardware on the market that takes almost a DECADE of trouble before you start getting software that can use the hardware properly. It's completely bonkers! lol, I struggle with coming up with any kind of analogy that is not too utterly stupid. There really is nothing to compare it with.

Just imagine if you bought a fancy new lap-top tomorrow, and it took seven YEARS - year 2019 - before your different software were running properly on it. It really does not matter what the *potential* of the laptop were: The reality is that you for almost a decade had a laptop that in effect didn't perform any better than other, simpler lap-tops. A good deal? Hardly!

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tes37
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 4:07:05 PM

If you think that Naughty Dog and Quantic Dream are the only ones making great games for the PS3, you aren't looking hard enough.

There are 120+ games in my PS3 library that function just fine. If you're trying to make a point about graphics, then at least 110 of the ones I have look better than what I've seen on the xbox360 and some pc games.

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Beamboom
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 1:57:35 AM

Oh there's plenty of great games indeed! But you and I gotta have entirely different collections if you seriously mean that most all multiplats are either as good or better on the PS3 than the other platforms.

Either that, or we just see what we want to see. Cause what I've seen is that we've for the most part been happy and relieved if a game run *as* fluid and well on the ps3 as on the x360. We've even been fine with having to wait for a patch or two to make that happen.

I mean, I'm a PS3 fan too, believe it or not. But it *is* allowed to be a tad sober and realistic sometimes, and just see things as they actually are. And I love my PS3, I have never regretted getting it, not one single day, but that's *despite* the problems. Cause the problems have been there, and they have been persistent. There is nothing wrong in saying that.

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tes37
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 6:51:56 AM

Didn't you say in the past, that you wanted the PS4 to be an xbox-pc clone, not those exact words, but if I remember correctly, you don't want Sony to continue with the cell architecture and you say your a PS3 fan.

I won't say you're not, but you don't sound like a playstation fan. :(

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Beamboom
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 9:41:45 AM

Ah, allow me to explain.

For me, being a PS3 fan is not a question about being a fan of the architecture inside the box.
It's much more a question about being a fan of the design, the "brand feeling", the interface, the controllers, the "look'n'feel". And all that remains no matter what chips, circuit boards, wires and CPUs that hides behind the plastic wrapping.

Whenever there is a story in the news about the poor Playstation owners who struggle with workarounds for this and that savegame problem, or drop in framerates, or screen tearing, or crashes, it saddens me. Whenever developers are saying that "making our game for the PS3 basically meant we had to write the entire game all over again from scratch" I *understand* why we experience all those problems. And I don't like that.

Basically, as a fan I believe it is a wise move by Sony to remove some of the hurdles that is causing all those problems. It simply makes for a better console experience. And THAT is what I want.

So yes, I am a fan! I am a fan of the Playstation, and the Playstation is much more than just the internal architecture.

Remember, the Apple and PC/Windows machines are both based on the exact same architecture too! Still, they are entirely different user experiences, running different software, two different products.
I see the same difference between PS4 and X720, regardless if they are based on the same architecture. They will NOT be clones.


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frylock25
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 @ 11:28:30 PM
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i am really happy with my ps3('s). i could go a few years before ps4 comes out as i really love the ps3.

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Sir Shak
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 @ 11:41:49 PM
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I certainly hope so. I don't want the tech demos(especially the Agni one) to remain mere concepts, I want these to represent the level of graphics we will get from PS4 games.

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 12:03:55 AM

That would be amazing. o.o

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Beamboom
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 2:49:13 AM
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I still remain optimistic about the PS4 for 2013. And I hope he is right too. No budget machine, no thank you. Give me a monster.

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Qubex
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 4:34:26 AM

Probably best to build your own PC gaming rig with all the bells and whistles...

No doubts Sony will come out with a stonker, but the question is when. Like most Extremers here, I am more than happy with my PS3. So many good games to play through...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Beamboom
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 7:59:35 AM

No-one is taking your PS3s away from you. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 12:09:05 PM

lol @ "stonker"

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 12:12:43 PM

Well, that confirms it, Qubex hails from the UK, I've never heard the word stonker from anyone who came from anywhere else, except perhaps Australia.

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___________
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 5:16:06 AM
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dam straight!
whether thats what they truly believe, and what will happen, or is just what there saying to appease the fans is a whole other kettle of fish......

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Simcoe
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 8:26:27 AM
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They just don't want cannibalize sales of the PS3 for people who might then think, I'll just wait a year for the PS4.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 12:13:04 PM

Bingo.

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 12:40:50 PM
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I'm in agreement with Highlander and Beam on this, I am fairly certain that the PS4 will launch holiday 2013/early 2014. Sony keeps making these vague comments because they still have Holiday 2012 to sell some PS3s.

It sure looks like they'll be supporting the PS3 next year, and probably for a couple years after that with the list of exclusives coming out.

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Ignitus
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 5:32:07 PM
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I really hope so.

Now that the Xbox brand is losing gaming steam and focusing more on tv streaming services, Sony better makes the PS4 a powerhouse or I will finally jump in the PC/Steam bandwagon.

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richfiles
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 3:20:36 PM
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I for one am MORE than happy waiting. I really don't have the cash for a new system. I NEVER touch my 360. The last update I did for it added avatars. Seriously. I play my PS3 all the time. I would play games like Zelda on my Wii, but I have lent it to my mother to use for Netflix and Hulu. I am HOPING to be JUST able to afford a Wii U when they come out, so long as it stays under $350. I ONLY plan to do that because I'd like to see Nintendo reach todays current level of gaming, graphics wise. I'm not desperate for it. If it's too expensive, I'll get a pre-owned Wii from GameStop instead so i can finally play the pile of Wii titles I've put off, without leaving my mother without her streaming box.

As for the PS4... I will not be buying it at launch, even if it waits to come out. I still don't trust Sony after the Other OS removal, and would like to both wait to see what they do to the PS4, and wait for it's first price drop or two. I am MORE than happy waiting for the PS4.

My biggest factor is economy. I'm trying to pick up a 3rd job. How does spending $600 on a brand new system, in a crap economy, when I'm trying to work even MORE... how does that even make ANY sense!

I do not plan to buy a PS4 until at least 2015 or 16. Not a day sooner.

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phade2blaq
Friday, June 22, 2012 @ 12:09:31 PM

I never buy new consoles at launch ! I wait at least a year to 2 years before buying ! I didn't buy a PS3 until 2008 !

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phade2blaq
Friday, June 22, 2012 @ 12:07:48 PM
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I'll be happy if my PS4 doesn't: Freeze, Skip, overheat, stop reading discs yada yada yada !

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