NEW YORK--Now that Sony has officially unveiled its next-generation living room game console, it's time to start speculating about all the important details that were left out of the press conference. We know, for example, that the name if the system is PlayStation 4, and that it will feature a mix of disc-based and cloud-based games, and also that the new controller -- a modified version of the classic Sony game pad -- is adding a small touch panel.
We also know that Sony plans to push a wide-ranging list of games at launch (whenever that is), including Killzone Shadow Fall, Watch Dogs, and The Witness. That's a deep software bench, and shows a clear emphasis on games and content, but many important questions about the PlayStation 4 hardware and user experience have been left unanswered.
How much will the new console cost, and how many versions will there be? If we follow recent console history, it's smart to expect two distinct versions of the PlayStation 4. The rumored prices for the basic and deluxe packages are $429 and $529, respectively, which would include at the very least a larger amount of onboard storage in the more expensive version. It's unfortunately typical these days for any new consumer electronics prod... [Read more]