Reports are coming out, in Japan, that Sony's PlayStation 4 will be retailing over ¥40,000. In dollars, that equates to about $428.00. Does this mean we will see the PlayStation 4 coming out at $399.99 in North America for a 2013 release? With the PS3 running at $499.99 and $599.99 at launch, $399.99 would probably be the most expensive they could get away with. Still, I miss the days of consoles launching no more than $299.99.
The PS4 is also said to use Gaikai--the cloud service they purchased last year--and come with one redesigned controller. In Japan, Sony commented to Famitsu by stating:
"SCE has nothing to announce regarding this matter. No comment even on whether this story is true or false."
Translation--tune in February 20, 2013 to find out all the juicy details!
Remember the Wikipad? The Android tablet with a built in controller was supposed to be coming out last year but got delayed. Today we learned that it has been transformed into a cheaper 7" version that will run $249 for the Wikipad and controller. The new size and price isn't the only change. The controller has been refined to make it a better overall experience.
Speaking of the smaller size, Wikipad President of Sales, Fraser Townly, had this to say:
“We wanted to get Wikipad into our community’s hands and what we found was that the smaller 7” form factor just seemed right. The smaller frame delivers an aggressive price while keeping the same amazing specs.”
For those wanting a larger 10" Wikipad, fear not. That version is still in the works with a cheaper price point as well. Details to come later.
The Wikipad will come with 16 GB of internal storage and micro SD slot with support up to 32 GB. The device has a "premium" 7" IPS screen, with 16:10 aspect ratio, and runs on the Tegra 3 Quad-Core Processor. Did I mention I think I REALLY want one of these devices?
The Ninja Turtles are coming back to home consoles courtesy of Activision and a new deal with Nickelodeon. THQ used to make games for Nickelodeon. (RIP THQ)
Sherice Torres, VP at Nickelodeon, had this to say about the deal:
"We are confident that these upcoming games will take gamers through interactive environments and action-packed adventures that truly capture the essence, tone and exciting elements of the Turtles."
Expect to see some news about Ninja turtle games sometime between now and E3 2013.
Remember how cool Rayman Legends looked and how envious you were that it was a Wii U exclusive? Fear not! It appears the delay Ubisoft put on the Wii U launch was to also develop PS3 and X360 versions. Ubisoft Montpellier is handling development for all 3 console versions that are due out in September 2013.
Geoffroy Sardin, Ubisoft Executive from Europe, had this to say about the announcement:
"We heard from many Xbox & PlayStation owners and Rayman fans who told us they really wanted to play Rayman Legends on their current system. We decided to give the fans what they wanted while at the same time broadening the audience exposed to this innovative and memorable game."
The real question we have to ask is: Was this planned all along or is this due to the low sales of the Wii U?
Julie Uhrman, Ouya's CEO, made a big splash at DICE. She was able to announce that Double Fine will bring The Cave and the Kickstarter Double Fine game, Reds, to the Ouya console.
We also learned that Ouya will receive annual hardware upgrades, codenamed Ouya 2, Ouya 3, etc, that will include faster processors and more memory to run the latest titles. But the games you purchased will be linked to a user account. So when you switch consoles, all your old games you purchased will still be there to play.
The question remains: Would you pay a hundred dollars every year for a new Ouya console?
Rumors are swirling that LittleBigPlanet 3 is in development at Sumo Digital. Media Molecule, the creator and former developer, has stated that they will no longer develop LittleBigPlanet titles.
Some Sumo Digital LinkedIn profiles state that they are working on a PS3 exclusive for release in 2013.
While the news of a LittleBigPlanet sequel is exciting, I would rather see the title come as a next-generation PlayStation 4 game.
Guild Wars 2 is getting ready for their next event: Flame and Frost, which is part of The Gathering Storm storyline taking place over the next few months.
New features coming in this patch include a new PVP map, Spirit Watch, multi-player puzzles, Guild Missions, and new Daily Guild Challenges. Expect more features to be announced over the course of The Gathering Storm storyline.
Mass Effect 4 has been announced but the title is causing quite a bit of confusion among gamers. Bioware community manager Chris Priestly has posted this regarding ME4:
"We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next game will not feature him/her. That is the only detail you have on the game. I see people saying 'well, they'll have to pick a canon ending.' No, because the game does not have to come after. Or before. Or off to the side. Or with characters you know. Or yaddayaddayadda."
Bioware Montreal, who is handling the development of the new Mass Effect title, is also stating that the sequel will probably take place after Mass Effect 3. Director on the title Yanick Roy said this:
"Thinking of the next Mass Effect game as Mass Effect 4 would imply a certain linearity, a straight evolution of the gameplay and story of the first three games. That doesn't mean that events of the first three games and the choices you made won't get recognized, but they likely won't be what this new story will focus on.
You likely would have to recognize how the events of the first war influenced the ones of the second, but you would not necessarily think of it as a sequel," he added. "Again, the analogy is not great, but what I'm trying to say is that the ME universe is so rich that we are not limited to a single track when coming up with a new story."