Submitted by RuleNumber5 1086d ago | news

Playstation 4's name change to kill an identity, will it still be PS4 after all?

The Playstation brand has been around for nearly two decades, but is Sony really considering killing off a hallmark for the gaming world in favor of an infantile, unknown identity?

This interview was conducted by Examiner.com. (Michael Pachter, Next-Gen, Tag Invalid)

iamnsuperman  +   1086d ago
I have no doubt they will call it PS4.....

Has no one seen the PS9 ad :P
Jinkies  +   1086d ago
I hope it will be called the PS4 still, it's like the Playstations thing, they've always numbered them why change now...just because of a stupid superstition Japan has on the number 4....if thats the case change the name in Japan but call it the PS4 everywhere else.

Orbis is obviously the code name being used.
torchic  +   1086d ago
that superstition crap is the biggest load of bull I've ever heard.

if the Japanese were really that superstitious then they wouldn't have 4 o'clock, they wouldn't have the 4th of any month, nothing would be a square shape since squares have 4 sides...

didn't stop Apple calling the 4th generation iPhone the iPhone 4 and still outselling every other mobile device very comfortably, Japanese or otherwise.
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blackmamba707  +   1086d ago
I'm cool with 'Playstation Omni', sounds fresh
dboyc310  +   1086d ago
Got use to calling it orbis.
MariaHelFutura  +   1086d ago
I honestly could careless what they call it. I just want it.
Saigon  +   1086d ago
I highly doubt they will be calling it PlayStation 4 and that is mainly do to the Japanese superstition with the number 4. Supposedly it is bad luck to them.

What this guy states in this article is asinine because he is reading too much into what the rumor stated. The rumor said it would not be called the PlayStation 4; It also did not state it would be called the PlayStation Omni, which in my opinion sounds more put together. I think the Omni will replace the 4 and when a newer system comes out in the future it will be called PlayStation Whatever. I think Sony is going into the core names similar to what they did with their other products (TVS, Electronics, etc) with the PlayStation brand.
Christopher  +   1086d ago
I wonder how long some 'game journalists' take to come up with titles that will generate more hits.

Instead of just titling it "Analyst Say Unlikely to See Sony Do Away with PlayStation Brand Next Generation" they instead have to make it look like it was something that was going to happen in the first place.

All of that to essentially get a quote from Pachter saying what we all think, it's not likely, and that he doesn't know what they are doing. You know, common sense stuff.
jujubee88  +   1086d ago
It's going to be called Orbis.
Playstation Omni is prolly just code name. Much like NGP was for PS VITA.
KangarooSam  +   1086d ago
It's being called "Project Orbis" so rather Omni sounds like it'll be the final name. Which completely ruins the whole circle of life thing they were going for. I love my Vita but I hope to God changing the name from Orbis does not mean dropping Vita support.
KangarooSam  +   1086d ago
I really hope Sony stays true to their roots and calls it PS4. But considering we already have "Life" they're pretty much committed to calling it "Circle (of?)" now.
PS4isKing_82  +   1086d ago
I doubt sony will ever drop the ps name from its gaming division. its simply too iconic. While I do believe they will stop using numbers eventually, I think we will see ps4 as ps4 and nothing else. I just hope we finally get some official details of it next E3. I'm getting impatient for new consoles.
yesmynameissumo  +   1086d ago
"PlayStation" is way more important than a number. As long as it's in the name, they're good.
iwin86  +   1086d ago
You're totally right. 4# is just a number. I prefer Playstation Orbis rather than Gamestation 4. ;)
firelogic  +   1086d ago
If they're really that superstitious, 4 is out but Playstation will remain. But like I've said before, it'd be nice if they went back to their roots, so to speak, and simply called it, "The Playstation."
Saigon  +   1085d ago
I actually like that but it won't be done. I think the reason Sony will not call it PS4 is because they are afraid their Japaneses fan base won't by it if it has a 4. This would be logical to call it The PlayStation "Fill in the Blank"
FarCryLover182  +   1086d ago
Playstation Durango.

Sure that is Microsofts codename for their next system, but wouldn't it be crazy if they named it PS Durango??

Not a change that would happen. but it makes you think.
FarCryLover182  +   1086d ago
ziggurcat  +   1086d ago
i don't see how they could conceivably get rid of the playstation name...

as long as "playstation" is in the title of the product, it's not really killing the identity.
fOrlOnhOpe57  +   1086d ago
Japan will be only a small fraction of their sales market. Pretty sure the rest of the world dont have a problem with the number 4.
Axonometri  +   1086d ago
Toning myself down to be serious for a moment... How could Sony really consider dropping its brand name now? I could see dropping the 4 as it seems an aging number but not Playstation.

My guess, something like "Playstation Orbis" or the like. Keeping familiarity while introducing fresh new name modern to the changed face of gaming.
Unztayble  +   1086d ago
judging from the Vita, I wouldn't be surprised if Sony would keep the latin theme.
NiteX  +   1086d ago
I don't care if its not 4. As long as it's still Playstation. I hear it's out of respect more than superstition. Also why didn't they just call the Vita PSP2? Almost seems obvious they are finished with numbers.
Felonycarclub8  +   1086d ago
I kind of Like orbis now after hearing it so many times, I used to hate the vita name but it grew on me
I_am_Batman  +   1086d ago
Maybe it'll be PSOrbis, Omni or whatever for japan but still PS4 for the rest of the world. Like SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis was the same console. Though it wouldn't be very smart to call it different in japan if you ask me.
DeadlyFire  +   1086d ago
PS4 is still PS4 in my book. If they won't call it PS4 I will make myself a quality PS4 sticker and slap it over Omni on the SKU I buy.
Oh_Yeah  +   1086d ago
It'll always be playstation, whether it's 4 or whatever won't hurt brand recognition. If their not going with the number, what I think they should do is talk to Sega, ask them for some suggestions. All their systems had kick ass names, Genesis, Dreamcast, Saturn? They know how to name a system.
vlonjati77  +   1086d ago

Off topic.Can anyone plz tell me If i can buy a European Psn Card and buy stuff of ps store through my EU account?I live in Canada and have a PS3 that I bought in Canada.I called Sony Us/Can and they told me they are not sure.If anyone of you has had the same situation and have resolved it with success let me know thanks.
WeskerChildReborned  +   1086d ago
It's tradition for Sony basically, like how Apple has Iphone 5 or Ipad but eventually i think they will ditch the numbers
SolidDuck  +   1085d ago
The playstation 4 or ps4 will need no explanation. People will know what it is even if they were not paying attention and didn't do research on it. If they name it omni or whatever people who don't pay attention to gaming news will go omni, what's that? When your a company and u have a product name that's immediately recognizable, it would be very dumb to not use it.
jeremiahdoggy  +   1080d ago
if it is not playstation 4 not buying no matter how good it is i have to wait years befor buy got to wait wait intill they realse a better playstation 4 like they did playstation 2 and 3 thats why i wont buy a vita i got see how good it is and when they realse a better one then i will buy

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