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Perhaps, some believe that the PlayStation 4 video game console is only about games, but the device is oriented on all types of consumers, claims Sony Computer Entertainment business unit. In fact, Sony implies that its next-generation console will actually have vast capabilities beyond games. It seems, Sony is right.

“In terms of the ‘war for the living room’, we have no intention of abandoning that approach. After all, Sony is a company that has a long history of making audio-visual products that are designed for the living room, so this is a natural course for us. If anything it’s the other companies that have changed course by moving into this space,” Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony's Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment, in an interview with 4Gamer web-site, which was partly translated by Edge Online.

Even though Sony 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.

Sony is going to discuss the PlayStation 4 at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade-show this June. 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.

In fact, Sony does have vast consumer-oriented capability, albeit, not yet announced. Sony did say that it will provide backwards compatibility with PlayStation 3 games via cloud. A special datacenter to run PS3 games requires vast performance. The interest towards old games will decrease vastly after a year of the PS4 on the market. As a result, Sony will have unused datacenter performance, which could be used for non-gaming apps.

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.

It looks like Sony clearly wants to compete against Xbox Live TV, Apple TV, Hulu and others. The company does have several huge trumps at hand: Sony Pictures movie studio with huge franchises like Jan Fliming’s 007 James Bond as well as things like Iron Man and Spider Man in its portfolio; customer loyalty; exclusive AAA-class video games. A premium-class consumer-oriented service would just add to the strength that Sony already has.

Tags: Sony, Playstation, Orbis, AMD, Jaguar, ATI, Radeon, GCN, x86

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Jan Fliming? :-)
1 0 [Posted by: Tom Inglis  | Date: 05/05/13 09:24:41 AM]
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Chuck Finly 0_o
0 0 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 05/06/13 06:38:21 PM]
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It's going to be Apple vs Sony. If Apple makes a TV, Sony could also make a premium TV with PS4 inside. Microsoft is already out of the race and the company needs Bill Gates' hand.
3 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/06/13 01:20:16 AM]
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How do you figure? They're already winning this generations race - true, that doesn't mean they'll win the next generation, but to say they're out is just wrong.
1 1 [Posted by: BrianSien  | Date: 05/06/13 11:57:42 AM]
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Microsoft don't have anywhere near the content to deliver as Sony Universal does. So the idea that they're out would not be far fetched. It has nothing to do with form. Try reading around the web for more of the tale - you could start here http://semiaccurate.com/2...about-gaming-on-the-xbox/
2 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/06/13 02:04:18 PM]
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I don't need to read anything to come to the conclusion that Xbox is not out of the race, especially when it hasn't started. Will they win the next generation "war"? I don't know and I don't really care. The content people will likely compare are the games and MS has plenty of em!
0 0 [Posted by: BrianSien  | Date: 05/07/13 10:53:20 AM]
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The "next generation" will most likely be the virtual mobile generation (VMG), at different speeds. Check out http://www.trailvista.com for a (marathon) preview to see what's ahead!
1 0 [Posted by: hikealongpete  | Date: 05/06/13 02:04:24 PM]
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To say that Microsoft is out of the running because they have no content to deliver is just silly. The same could have been said about Apple and look at them now. Having Universal Studios doesn't automatically make Sony a serious contender. On the contrary, despite having their own studio they've been struggling to break into the online streaming space.

Content can always be licensed from others and to count out Microsoft this early on is a mistake. Hulu and Netflix don't have their own studios or the vast resources Microsoft has and look at how well they're doing. Then again, having vast resources (Microsoft and Sony both do) and/or your own movie studio is no guarantee of success either. Let's just wait and see what happens, instead of making ridiculous predictions.
1 0 [Posted by: Kashim  | Date: 05/07/13 08:59:40 AM]
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I would be reluctand to buy another playstation. With the PS3 it seems once a week when I go to use it it requires a frustrating update which sucks. I don't have an hour a month for your freaking updates Sony!
2 1 [Posted by: Richardplenty  | Date: 05/06/13 12:19:49 PM]
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my updates take 5 minutes.. your crap internet connection is not SONY's problem.
2 0 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 05/06/13 06:40:52 PM]
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The PS4 will have "twice" Two TIMES!!!!!! the graphics performance VS the xbox Next. (HD7870/50 GDDR5) VS (HD777 DDR3)

The xbox is done and dusted.. ! Game over!

ALL non exclusive games will be made on PS4 .. then reduced in QTY and ported to Xbox.

Want the game to look and run the best.. get PS4.. want a worse QTY version of the same game .. get an Xbox Next

Wait for those Game reviewers all STATING this FACT! and watch the Xbox Sales Tank!
2 1 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 05/06/13 06:43:03 PM]
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Oh you silly Sony zealots always crack me up. We don't even know the full specs of either console, but yeah the Xbox is dead. Twice the performance?! Really? Oh damn, I guess it's all over now. Hahaha. I guess you kids still haven't learned that a bunch of numbers (which are not even confirmed yet) on a piece of paper don't tell the whole story. How do you know where all non exclusive games will be made? You silly fanboys made similar predictions about the PS3 crushing Xbox 360 right out of the gate. It's almost 7 years later and the PS3 is still playing catch up.
1 0 [Posted by: Kashim  | Date: 05/07/13 09:05:39 AM]
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PS4’s total benefit over xbox one is- 50% more gpu cores +much faster memory+ better HSA
Fact-On PS4 Future games will look considerably better than xbox one surley.
0 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 05/28/13 10:48:59 AM]
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I'm not really a fan of either Microsoft or Sony, yet I may be one of the few people who actually wants both the Xbox and PS4 to succeed. I would actually prefer if Nintendo did well too, but I don't think their low-tech specs + lame gimmicks is going to fly much longer.

Sony has been losing money hand over fist in recent years. Their TV set division hasn't made any profit in like a decade now. They need other sectors, such as gaming, to pick up the slack. That's why it's so important for the PS4 to succeed. I find the whole situation amusing, because it's starting to humble Sony. They actually went out of their way to listen and cater to game developers this time around. I remember not too long ago when Sony was so arrogant, they were telling consumers/developers what they wanted/needed, rather than listen to them. But now that Microsoft has put the pressure on them with the success of the Xbox, Sony find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. They're going to have to do a whole lot of ass kissing to get back on top again. This next generation of consoles will be interesting to watch to say the least.
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