The Sony PlayStation 4 is widely expected to be unveiled at an event later today, which could also see its release date confirmed. Rumor and speculation as to the PS4’s specs, features and price-tag have been rife for several months now and are showing no sign of slowing down, even with only hours to go until its potential debut.
This time around, we’re hearing that at least two versions of the PlayStation 4 will be released in November of this year for prices of $430 and $530, though exactly what will separate the two in terms of specs remains a mystery.
In addition, the same sources in the console gaming world have informed us that this time around the PlayStation 4 will be seamlessly compatible with certain Tablet PCs and Smartphones, which can be used to both control and interact with the PS4 console itself. In addition, they will also be able to use the new PlayStation 4 ecosystem for social networking and buying games online.
Chances are that none of the above will come for free and it has been repeatedly rumored that almost all of the PS4’s online features will require a premium subscription, though exact details and prices are entirely unknown at this stage.
With regard to hardware, this week has brought to light further suggestions that the PlayStation Eye will ship as standard with every PlayStation 4 and will allow continual video linkups with fellow gamers and social networking contacts, regardless of whether or not those connected are playing the same games at the same time.
And finally, one of the more frequently reoccurring leaks to have come out of recent days is that of a new PlayStation 4 controller with a built-in speaker and microphone, which is expected to serve as a tool for both social networking and voice control of the console itself.
The 2013 PlayStation Meeting takes place later today and will hopefully spill the beans on all the juiciest details…especially those all-important release dates.