PlayStation 3 proved to be an costly venture for Sony, and a new report that has surfaced claims Sony cannot miss on this next iteration of PlayStation if they hope to continue funding the console.
According to a report from Spectrum today, Sony has wowed gaming fans with their impressive technology in the past, but now they need to refocus the features of what the PlayStation 4 will have if they hope to survive.
"Sony, which has the most at stake here and has watched its once leading PlayStation franchise lose ground in recent years.
"Sony used to dazzle with its technological daring, but it has been more than six years since it introduced the PlayStation 3, and the company now finds itself in a fundamentally altered gaming universe, in which technological dazzle isn’t nearly as important as it used to be.
"So there’s more than the usual curiosity about Sony’s long-awaited next flagship console, the PlayStation 4, which many insiders and analysts expect will be introduced later this year," the report stated.
It went on to talk about the change that has occurred in the industry since the PlayStation 3 was introduced.
"Plenty has changed since the PS3’s release. With the rise of Facebook and smartphones, the buzzwords in the industry have changed from 'eye candy' and 'AI' to 'social' and 'mobile.'
"Hits like 'FarmVille' and 'Angry Birds' proved that being accessible, communal, and of course, fun is enough to win over both players and developers.
"It’s a distinct possibility that Sony will abandon the Cell in the PS4. And if it does, not everybody will be sorry to see it go," the report stated.
Finally, the feature discussed some of the changes that have been visible from Sony this past year that point to where they could be headed with their next-generation development.
"Sony has already begun pursuing a more social and interactive strategy. In July, the company paid a reported $380 million to acquire Gaikai, a cloud-based gaming service in Aliso Viejo, Calif.
"In addition to allowing video-game publishers to conveniently stream demos to players, Gaikai could let Sony deliver content to other devices, such as the PlayStation Vita, the handheld game system released in December 2011," the report stated.