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PlayStation 4 to release in 2013 with emphasis on social gaming?

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The PlayStation 4 will be released alongside the new Xbox in 2013, a new report has suggested.

Sony's as-yet-unannounced console will indeed be unveiled on February 20, and will hit the stores in time for the holidays, "people familiar with the matter" have told the Wall Street Journal.



Sony reportedly plans to counter the decline in video game sales by introducing more social gaming aspects to the PS4, and will include new chips designed by Advanced Micro Devices, raising questions about compatibility with current generation games.

It's also suggested that the company plans to focus less on hardware improvements and more on how users interact with the machine.

Sony's next console - codenamed Orbis and more commonly referred to as PlayStation 4 - will reportedly use new user accounts and a new controller design.

It was recently claimed that Sony's next console will feature 4K resolution support in line with a rumoured new range of Sony TVs.

PlayStation 3 DualShock controller

© Sony

PlayStation 3

© Sony



Additional hardware details were leaked last year, while EA's Frank Gibeau revealed that he had seen both the PS4 and new Xbox, and suggested that the consoles would introduce gaming to a further billion people.

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai recently hinted that the company's next console could arrive after Microsoft's next Xbox system.

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