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Sony will wait for Microsoft before unveiling PlayStation 4

He went on to say, "There is no reason to go away from that." This basically means that the PS3 will still be a viable platform as late as 2015. Keep in mind that the PS2 is still an important platform for Sony, especially in countries like India where the console sells a lot. It may be possible that Sony will be going for a similar strategy with the PS4, releasing it in the next year or so while still supporting the PS3 until at least 2015.
A concept of what the PlayStation 4 may look like


A concept of what the PlayStation 4 may look likeIt is also possible that all of this is just an elaborate red herring by Sony. It would be foolish to assume that the company hasn't started work on the PS4 in some respect, as according to earlier reports, developers have gotten their hands on the dev kit for the next-gen console. Sony may be trying to keep the progress of the console under wraps, if for no other reason than to build up hype.

Sony may also be waiting for Microsoft to make its move first. Recently, CEO of PlayStation France Phillipe Cardone had said that Sony would probably be the last of the companies to announce a new console. On the flip side of the coin, Microsoft France’s Cedrick Delmas said, “The Xbox 360’s cycle is not over at all.”  This may very well cause a stalemate between the two companies, with Nintendo reaping profits thanks to its recent launch of the Wii U.

Back in November, developers had started getting their hands on the new version of the PS4 dev kit, codenamed the Orbis. There are set to be four versions of the Orbis kit being shipped to developers. A previous version was essentially a graphics card. The newest version is a “modified PC”, and the third version will be the closest to the final specifications and will be sent to developers this month.

The Orbis is based on the AMD A10 APU series. An APU – which stands for Accelerated Processing Unit – is a combination of a GPU and a CPU. The PS4’s hardware is “based on A10 system and base platform”.

One of the biggest changes coming to the system is in the form of the interface. According to the source, the new interface will allow you to go anywhere while playing a game. This is not possible in the PlayStation 3 as some options require you to exit the game before using them. An example given was buying DLC from the PlayStation Store in the middle of playing a game and then seamlessly returning to play.

Sony Xperia Z water resistant dunking test
On one hand, most people are going to be astounded the most by the wicked specs that the Sony Xperia Z is flaunting. Every bit of a juggernaut, some of us might forget a few other interesting features that it’s boasting – such as its dust and water resistant aspects. Well, at their booth in the great halls of CES, Sony is making sure to show onlookers how it’ll survive a quick dip in water.

Certainly it’s not something we tend to see on a showroom floor, Sony set up a simple contraption that basically dips the lower portion of the Xperia Z in a small pool of water. Pressing the button, the machine comes to life and lowers the arm, where the handset is attached to on the end of it, which then places the device briefly in the menacing water. Needless to say, most handsets would incur some serious damage doing this, but seeing that the Xperia Z is IP57 certified, the occasional contact with water isn’t going to fizzle out this beauty.

Knowing that, it’s going to be interesting where people will start using the handset – heck, maybe even the shower at this point? Well, whatever it is, the water resistant aspect of the handset is truly unique that’s not commonly found with high-end devices. So if you’re ready to see some splashing action, check out the video below!



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