Even though Sony Computer Entertainment has disclosed loads of details concerning gaming capabilities of the PlayStation 4 as well as its architectural details, the company remained relatively tight-lipped about other types of entertainment that it will provide with the PS4. The company claims that the next-generation console will provide sophisticated non-gaming capabilities, but it will disclose them later.
“We know that people like these functions, such as Netflix, and use them a lot. And especially for those people who are not the person who purchased these consoles – like family members – they tend to use these non-game functions. So it’s not like we are no longer going to do these functions, but especially for the announcement event, we wanted to show how the game experiences will change with PS4, because that’s the biggest focus for us. Once that communication [to the public] is achieved, then probably later this year we’ll talk more about what these non-game functions [are] that we are trying to bring to PS4 as well,” said Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony's Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment, in an interview with the Edge Online web-site.
Sony is going to discuss the PlayStation 4 at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade-show this June. However, it is logical for Sony to reveal launch lineup of video games for the PS4 that will be available this year or early in 2014.
Given the fact that the E3 is mainly aimed at gamers, Sony may not be exactly interested in revealing non-gaming capabilities of its next-gen console at the show. However, in case Sony’s arch-rival Microsoft Corp. will by that time disclose both gaming and non-gaming features of Xbox Next console, which will reportedly be called Xbox Infinity, the Japanese company will have to respond to this.
Microsoft reportedly wants to make Xbox an ultimate entertainment device that will provide not only gaming, but also TV-, video-, audio- and other services, including original TV-shows and exclusive content. Sony is not rumoured to make PS4 compete against set-top-boxes like Apple TV or Hulu.