Sony PlayStation 4 to Keep Classic Controller, Stream Games: Reports

With Sony expected to unveil the PlayStation 4 on Wednesday, we’re starting to hear new rumors about the upcoming console.

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First, a new picture of a possible PS4 controller has been leaked. The device is noteworthy not so much for what can be seen in the image, but what can’t be seen — including an LCD screen similar to the display attached to the Wii U’s controller. For months it’s been rumored that Sony would emulate Nintendo in this regard; however, with sales of the Wii U tanking in recent weeks, there may have been a change of heart at Sony.

Second, a new report from The Wall Street Journal suggests that the PS4 will be capable of streaming games through an Internet connection. According to that report, “the new technology, to be unveiled Wednesday along with the new console, will allow users to play games delivered over the Internet.”

The device will also play optical discs, the report indicates.

The second rumor makes sense, given that in 2012 Sony acquired streaming media firm Gaikai for just under $400 million. Since that time Gaikai has displayed pictures of several prominent PlayStation franchises — including Uncharted, Killzone, and Metal Gear Solid — on its website.

Obviously we’ll know more about the PS4 after Sony holds its highly-anticipated New York City media event on February 20 at 6pm EST.

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