Sony's next generation games console will be backwards compatible, but not in the sense that we're accustomed to. The PlayStation 4 (PS4), Sony’s eagerly-awaited entertainment device, won't play current PS3 optical games discs. Instead, backwards compatibility will be delivered using a streaming service whereby games are delivered in real-time over the internet from remote servers.
Sony has released a teasing video and summoned world media to an elusive event on February 20 in New York City, leading to rumours that the company may unveil its next-generation gaming console, the PlayStation 4, sooner than expected.
As Sony officially ends production of the PlayStation 2 and all eyes shift towards the two big next-generation game consoles expected to be announced and possibly made available before the end of the year, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720, Sony's current console, the PlayStation 3, is making headlines of its own.
After earlier unconfirmed reports that Sony had ended production of the PlayStation 2 - the most successful games console of all time - the Japanese consumer electronics giant has now officially confirmed this to be true.
There will be no new Xbox announcement in 2012, a Microsoft spokesperson has told Bloomberg news. It was previously speculated that Microsoft may tease their Xbox 360 successor at this year's E3 gaming expo.
Both the next-generation Xbox and PlayStation 4 are expected to be announced at this year's E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles, reports MCV. E3 is the flagship expo of the gaming industry and takes place on June 5-7.
Sony is reportedly redesigning its PlayStation Network (PSN) user interface as part of a major rebranding operation to counteract the fallout from a month-long network outage. The outage began in April of this year after hackers gained access to PSN servers and potentially compromised the personal details of 77 million users.