Rumor: AV-centric Playstation Not Far Away

A new Playstation could be less than 18 months away according to a Sony insider. The device will include the same chipset as the current PS3 but where it will differ from the current model is in the drive bay and in the attachment area. It will also include an extensive software suite for the managing of content being streamed to a TV or Hi Fi source.

Ken Kutaragi, the retiring chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment said in an interview last week that he clearly understands how the PlayStation game consoles should evolve in the next three generations, or fifteen to twenty years from now. He also said that in future it will be possible to create fully Internet-based game consoles.

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ITR6254d ago

Well that didn't take too long.

23478ueyur_9382236254d ago

"The device will include the same chipset as the current PS3"

Sounds more like another SKU.

Whoops, that was supposed to be a general reply.

23478ueyur_9382236254d ago

I guess that's possible, though people would crap on Sony for eating their words. (If you remember back, they said something like every PS3 customer being "elite.")

QuackPot6253d ago (Edited 6253d ago )

....PS4 in 18 months...
....PS3 maybe the last console made by Sony...


To us sensible folks who have no intention of misleading:

...PS3 with improved A/V function(most likely slimline) in 18 months...
...PS3 won't be the last console from Sony with future gens(4,5,6) maximized for the net & A/V...

Clearly we enlightened folks sees things as they truly are.

By the way: Ken had to go. He made too many mistakes with the PS3(delay, pricing, underestimating the competition and developers). But the PS3 will recover in 2008 when the games library size and quality grows, net service improves & price drops.

Now if only the true open-minded gamers would be so patient as to wait instead of passing judgement already, only six months after realease. But alas, u can't teach an old dog new tricks.

DeadlyFire6253d ago

It is indeed the slim one. They always come in the 3 year mark. You can bet that this will cost at least $100 less than PS3 price tag. I do believe that a price drop may come in July-August on the PS3 though.

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Lord Anubis6254d ago

lol, what they are talking about is the AV PS3 not a PS4

23478ueyur_9382236254d ago

Care to explain what it is exactly? (If you've any details on it.)

Blasphemy6254d ago (Edited 6254d ago )

This is bs theres is now way they are going to release a plastation 4 in 18 months. maybe a ps 3 slimline but not a ps4.

VirtualGamer6254d ago (Edited 6254d ago )

This just in from our Tokyo bureau: according to an interview conducted by Japan's Impress, Sony's Ken Kutaragi has gone on record with a "promise" for what he's calling an AV-centric PS3. In other words, audio and video capabilities first, gaming second (if at all), in a device built around the Cell-processor platform. Ken says that the device would certainly be more expensive, reflecting the prices and margins expected on high-end consumer electronic devices such as TVs, Blu-ray personal video recorders, etc. -- not the relatively cheap, but powerful gaming rigs sold at a loss under Sony's Computer Entertainment division. Impress speculates that the device could cost as much as ¥300,000 or about $2,500. The new Sony-branded living room box would, in Ken's (translated) words, "be a standard AV component sized box with a more powerful, power supply unit, anti-shake insulator, twice the main memory, and 2x HDMI to split sound and video output." More Cell-processor devices in the living room? We say bring it, Sony.


Hope this clears things up

23478ueyur_9382236254d ago

Oh, cool. So I guess that'd be for people who have things on their mind ahead of gaming.

MikeGdaGod6254d ago (Edited 6254d ago )

i remember reading this months ago. it was said to be for those that weren't that interested in gaming, just high-end electronics.

Keyser6253d ago

Yeah, I read this on Crave soon after the PS3 release (probably Dec). They said it would have that huge price tag also.