It’s hard to believe that we’re on the cusp of what could be another major round of console releases already. After all, it seems as if we were just introduced to the PS3 and developers are pumping out great, high-quality games for it at a record pace. Having said that, the prospect of better hardware and more advanced capabilities is extremely electrifying to say the least. Then there’s the reality that with a new plateau of possibilities comes a new series of more advanced software; certainly some of you are also dreaming of the graphical capabilities which are almost within our grasp. This is a very exciting time for gamers to say the least.
Currently, there are 3 big rumors surrounding the Playstation 4, each one of them dealing with different production aspects and capabilities. First off, there’s the rumor which has been spread by NVIDIA of all groups, which purports that this upcoming generation might actually be the last official batch of “gaming consoles” that we’ll ever see. Yes, you read that right. It seems that most companies are pushing for alternatives which make use of cloud technology, which virtually eliminates the need for individuals to purchase self-contained systems. This might very well also change the relationship which gamers have with software ownership as well.
Then there’s the rumor that the PS4 is actually going to support 4k resolution, which is a pretty amazing prospect. What does this mean for gamers, exactly? Well, imagine being able to increase your HD resolution by a factor of 4. In short, if this rumor is true, it will herald a new age of ultra-realistic graphics of the likes the world has been anticipating for quite some time. This of course sparks the long-held debate surrounding the supposed “graphical wall” in gaming, where everything becomes so realistic looking that it’s basically impossible to improve upon it from a graphical standpoint (as the onscreen action is virtually identical to real life). Once this is a reality, the need for additional consoles will no longer be required.
Finally, we have some official statements from Sony regarding the continued support for PS3, which is slated to continue on for at least 3 more years (perhaps more). Their mindset is to simply keep up with the current development pace for the PS3 until it begins to run out of steam; this is more-or-less the same exact strategy they applied with the PS2 after the PS3 was released. Why is this important, you ask? If Sony is anticipating that developers are going to continue to focus on the PS3, it is highly likely that we might not see as many truly groundbreaking titles for the PS4 emerge for quite some time.
That’s all we’ve got for you right now, people. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with any additional juicy bits of Intel we are able to recover.