So, if you're not in the loop, get this: today, in New York, Sony is widely rumored to be announcing its next-generation console. We probably won't see the console or hear a price or even a firm release date. If we had to guess, we'd say that most of the event will revolve around sizzle reels and a whole bunch of talk about digital downloads and the "cloud" and the social functionality of the console. Who knows, though? Maybe Sony will unveil a new take on its PlayStation Plus service. Maybe it'll show off a bigger, more touch-friendly controller. Or maybe, just maybe, we'll hear about some new cross-compatibility features -- features that might let you use an iPhone or an iPad with the console. That's neat, right?

The latter is what we're interested in. Word on the street is that the PlayStation 4 will allow owners to use a phone or tablet to access theirs consoles. At least, that's what a Kotaku source is saying. Here's part of the report:

New information revealed by our source suggests that on top of all that, you'll also be able to control the PS4 remotely from your tablet or smartphone. You'll be able to use a mobile device to chat with your PS4 friends or buy games which are then automatically downloaded to your machine, our source says.

We've seen similar support for the 360 in the form of the SmartGlass app, which for what is, works pretty well. The PS3 doesn't have an app like this, which is kind of a bummer.

We'll be keeping an eye on the event this afternoon since our Spidey Sense is tingling. We have a feeling 2013 is the year both Sony and Microsoft fall all over themselves to mention "social" and "mobile" as many times as possible before their new consoles hit. Surely, this'll be a good thing!

[via Kotaku]

  • Pray For Death

    "We probably won't see the console or hear a price or even a firm release date."

    No price, agreed, but if they announce it they will definitely show the device. They can't just go "We have this great next-generation console!!" and then silence.

    Check out the past console reveals, they always showed the hardware.

    • shero89

      Agreed, if we wont see the console or hear a price or a release date then whats the point of the event ?

      • bradnicholson

        Yeah. It's too early to show hardware or talk about price.

    • bashesh

      He was right! They didnt show console nor did they give out price info or a release date!!!

  • swarmster

    "New information revealed by our source suggests that on top of all that, you'll also be able to control the PS4 remotely from your tablet or smartphone. You'll be able to use a mobile device to chat with your PS4 friends or buy games which are then automatically downloaded to your machine, our source says."

    I don't have a PS3, but the Xbox Live site has let you chat and buy/send-to-console games for quite a while. So by extension, you can do those on your phone or tablet. Could be convenient if you can use your iPhone as a Blu-Ray remote, but a lot of Blu-Ray players have apps these days, so I guess that's almost expected from a 'high-end' company like Sony?

    This round of consoles will be interesting. I have my Wii U, of course, but picking between the big two generic boxes will be more difficult than in the past. On the one hand, Sony really badly needs a controller design from this millennium and has had serious consumer-hostile missteps in the recent past. On the other you have Microsoft, who continues ratcheting up the ads on a service who's fee is becoming increasingly obnoxious in a world with free iClouds, PSNs, and MiiVerses. Is anyone really looking forward to paying for another 7 years of Live just to play games with their friends? They also seem rather unfocused the last few years (Kinect didn't help, although a standard pack-in might).

    I guess in the end it all comes down to whether The Last Guardian is ever going to come out.

    • tulsy

      Rumor has it that Sony is going to a pay model.

  • IpadGamer

    Personally, I still prefer physical buttons for console play. That said, my curiosity is officially piqued. Developers could do some really interesting things with this.

  • Mirkwood

    I would just love to start a download on my ps4 from my phone. So it can be done when i get home

  • alex2ex

    Are You serious? Do you really think they are not going to show the hardware??? That's like saying apple is going to announce the new iPhone but they are not going to show it. Don't be ridiculous please, obviously they are going to show the PS4, they are launching it this year you know?

    • MidianGTX

      I came here just to say... you were wrong. HOW DOES IT FEEL?

  • B3nlok

    Yawn....Im not remotely interested in whatever Sony or Microsof brings to the table if the major selling point they're focusing is still the same of 30 years ago, Graphics.
    Battlefield 3, Crysis, Gran Turismo 5, Project Gothan Racing 4 are quite close of Photorealism. No matter how good Next gen graphics are, i know I wont see my jaw on the floor again.
    My advice: go VR or Mobile or go home

  • Matthew Rossman

    Wouldn't be surprised if we could play next gen games on our phones-Gaikai claimed to be working on that, and look who's now owned by Sony...

  • ConceptNormal

    Or I could just use the brand new state of the art ps4 controller specifically designed for the ps4. It's almost impossible to control throw back, sophisticated games for PS now on the iPhone with touch controls...

  • PlannedObsolescence

    I was a Sony fanboy until the PS3, which i bought when it first came out thinking it was a 'games console' at the time, as it's predecesors were, plus i was able to install ubuntu linux on it which was great for learning about linux in general (i'm of the type that considers the ability to run Linux more of an actual 'technical feature' than, say, Facebook access). I waited year after year for the hand full of ps3 exclusives titles that were released because all other games were pc/xbox ports which ran and looked like junk on ps3. Then one day Sony decides to remove the Linux feature, which came with instructions in the manual and Sony tauted as 'cool', which it was. Then mandatory firmware updates start appearing every week, newer games won't run without them, some actually brick systems as they are rushed out so quick becuase a sony employee lurking in a forum heard about this exploit or that exploit. Then they literally start charging you extra to save your game data! I got 75 hours in on Skyrim (another example of port that was bad time for ps3 owners) and i have to pay for a plus subscription to back it up in their cloud which has had accounts hacked every other week just because they are worried i may try to take a texture from the save file. Also, the ps3 generates more revenue now via netflix/etc sales than on their games, they release fewer big titles as they spend all their money on ceo pay and suing their customers. The first model PS3 was backward compatible with your ps2 games, the they made that go away and now, oh surprise, i can 'buy' downloadable copies of the same game again, and while i'm paying for it again i never actually own it. PS4 sounds worse, paying for 'streams' of the ps3 games you already bought for $60. The PS3's evolution really charts the downfall of the console industry. They turned a game console into a thin-client for games, netflix, etc, you really never own anything you pay for and you're constantly connected to the interweb and every action logged and later algorithms run against the massive data collected so they can trade with other companies to sell you more junk. And for those on ISPs with data caps (that's for american readers), have fun with that and the PS4 thin-client that pushes everything over your connection you pay for (the psn will be 'free' when they pay for my internet connection to). PS4 sounds sad, I have no interest in it as it's just a water-bearer for the new copyright based, how-many-times-can-we-sell-you-the-same-thing-on
    a-different platform stuff. I feel bad for the engineers who are prob working on the hardware not knowing once it passes through marketing and hits the streets it's gonna be gussied up, be wearing lipstick and standing under the glow of the giant red light of the entertainment industry's new brothel model. We'll never own anything!

    • Greyskull

      You have to pay for save data. ok. Did you know the PS3 has a built in (and swappable to boot!) hard drive? And multi-format memory card slots?

  • gtadem

    This might be good news if we weren't already well beyond the point of consoles being useful. Look at the limitations of"modern" consoles today vs limitations of the average PC 5 years ago.