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At the "See the Future" event in New York, Sony announced its latest console the PlayStation 4. The console will be arriving during the holiday season of 2013, but no pricing plans were given and there were no glimpses of the hardware itself. However, many details of the functionality of the PS4 were given as well as the raw specs. The full press conference video is at the end of the article.
An Icelandic developer will attempt to bridge the gap between computers and consoles with its forthcoming Dust 514 this summer. Once this occurs it will be the first time users of two different platforms could play cooperatively breaking that barrier that has long stood in the way of gamers.
When it comes to uniting gamers across multiple platforms the video game industry has been very segregated. Even if you have a game that is released on multiple systems it doesn't mean you can join with another person and play. John has an Xbox 360, Roy has a PlayStation and Lisa has a PC, but these three can't play together. We are all playing online, but we just can't do it together, until now.
Have you ever wished you could wear a watch that could talk to your Android phone? Look no further than the new Sony SmartWatch, yours from Sony for $150 from their online marketplace and in stores.
Sony's SmartWatch is a watch that allows users to read text messages, e-mail, social updates, manage calls and control music all from the wrist. For this device to work, it connects to an Android-based handset via Bluetooth.
What makes this device useful to many, is that you don't have to take your phone out of your pocket all the time. The strap comes in rubber and a choice of colors ranging from black, white to blue. If you want anything but black you must purchase it separately. The display is an OLED display 1.3-inches in size. If you receive a new alert or call the device vibrates.
The watch was originally revealed at the Consumer Electronics show in January. Sony said that the watch would work with Android phones from Sony, HTC, Motorola, Samsung and others. The battery life is pretty good, lasting four days on one charge and the phone is dust and splash proof, but don't expect to go deep sea diving though.
The PlayStation 4, that many believe is going to be called the Orbis, will ship before Microsoft's next-generation console, according to a source that spoke to VG247.
The source claims that the PS4 plans were set "at least" two years ago and Sony is "confident" that it will release the PS4 before the next Xbox. Indications seem to indicate this would be around the holiday of 2013.
It was also mentioned from the source, that many partners (such as Ubisoft) and their developers are already working on the next console.
VG247 also states that parts of the PlayStation Vita's launch hardware were modified to make sure the PS4 and PS Vita would work similar to the Wii U and its controller (The Wii U is debuting this holiday season). PS4 games will be playable using the PS Vita controller.
Sony has stated previously that it has no plans to bring the new system to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in the summer. E3 runs June 5th through the 7th.