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Two weeks are left until executives from Sony Computer Entertainment take to the stage and lift the lid on the what we can expect from the next-generation PlayStation console, but reports emerging prior to the event are suggesting that Sony will be relying on a new set of features to dictate the success of the new hardware.

A great deal of lip-service has been lavished on the potential for Sony to introduce a revamped console that will make its mark on the gaming industry through the advanced hardware and ability to run games with noticeably improved graphics. While it is still expected that the Japanese company will hit the market with a powerful piece of kit, it’s now being suggest that Orbis will rely heavily on a set of new playing options to separate it from the competition.

Internal Sony Computer Entertainment sources have reportedly let the cat out of the bag a little early by revealing that the PlayStation 4 will not only function as a gaming console, but also find itself taking pride of place as the main hub for home-based entertainment services. We’ve seen the emergence of these types of devices in the last few years, and it looks like Sony have understood the popularity surrounding hardware and software combinations that have the ability to offer converged services.

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One of the main focal points of the new playing options and entertainment features is said to be the ability for users to easily share information with one another, which is something that could materialize through the introduction of a dedicated share button. Invoking the share button would offer a number of different options, including the ability to capture images or video directly from within a game in real-time. That content could then be effortlessly posted to social networks such as Facebook, Twitter.

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It’s also being suggested that the PlayStation 4 could focus a lot more on different interaction methods that would allow users to step away from the standard dual-shock controller. Motion sensing is definitely something that is playing a bigger role in modern console gaming thanks to the Microsoft Kinect and Nintendo Wii. Recently discovered patent filings for Sony have suggested that the company is moving toward implementing more refined motion detection capabilities in Orbis.

(via Engadget)

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