Incoming 2013: PlayStation 4

The PS4 (aka the Orbis) is going to be revealed soon enough

  The PS3 is getting a replacement soon enough
What we know:  Next-generation consoles are almost certain to be revealed this year so plenty of PlayStation fans are looking forward to Sony's revealing of the PlayStation 4 (codenamed Orbis).

What we know:

Next-generation consoles are almost certain to be revealed this year so plenty of PlayStation fans are looking forward to Sony's revealing of the PlayStation 4 (codenamed Orbis).

Sadly, the Japanese company hasn't shared any official details about its PlayStation 3 replacement, although it's teased on multiple occasions that the device would be released after the Microsoft's next Xbox (aka the Xbox 720/Durango).

Based on the most recent reports concerning the PS4, the device will be quite powerful, thanks to a CPU and a GPU from AMD, as well as 8GB of RAM and other such things.

The new console is also keeping the Blu-ray drive currently available on the PS3, so it won't completely eliminate retail games in favor of downloadable ones.

What's really interesting, however, is the fact that Sony might introduce a brand new controller alongside the next-gen consoles.

While the PS3's Sixaxis or DualShock 3 devices are still going to be compatible, the new controller boasts the traditional buttons plus an extra input method. Here is where recent reports contradict each other, as some suggest the inclusion of an actual touchscreen, much like the Wii U's GamePad, while other rumors say a special touch panel will be used, much like the one seen on the back of the PlayStation Vita.

Why it matters:

Even if the PS3 didn't dominate this generation like the previous PS2, Sony's PlayStation 4 is eagerly awaited by millions of gamers worldwide so it's going to be interesting to see what the new device is actually going to look like and how it's going to compare with Microsoft's own Xbox 720.

The PlayStation 4 is expected to be announced this year, probably at E3 2013, and might be released onto the market either at the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014.

The full list of Incoming 2013 articles can be read on Softpedia right here.

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