We’re less than 24 hours away from officially learning about Sony’s next generation console – but a report on Kotaku appears to have jumped the gun. The popular North American blog is reporting that the PlayStation 4 will launch this November in North America, and will ship in two different SKUs. The base model, the site claims, will retail for $429, while the more expensive option will set you back $529. These plans, the publication stresses, are subject to change.
Citing an unnamed source, the report continues that you’ll be able to control the impending console with your tablet or smartphone. Apparently, the functionality will allow you to chat with your friends and purchase PlayStation Store content remotely, which will then be automatically downloaded to your machine.
Perhaps most worryingly, the site states that Sony is planning to charge for “most” of the PS4’s online features. We’d imagine that, much like the current setup on PS3, bog-standard online play will continue to be free, but you’ll need to pay extra for the bells and whistles. A new service called ‘PlayStation World’ is set to replace the existing PlayStation Plus.
Reinforcing older rumours, the publication claims that every new console will ship with an updated PlayStation Eye camera. Apparently, you’ll be able to watch what your friends are playing directly from the dashboard, too. Such functionality is likely to play into the system’s ‘Share’ button, which has been a source of much speculation over the past couple of months.
All will be revealed during tomorrow’s hotly anticipated PlayStation Meeting. We’ll be live streaming the whole thing, so make sure you check back tomorrow for all of the gory details. In the meantime, feel free to air your thoughts about these latest rumours in the comments section below.