Sony PlayStation 4When it comes to rampant speculation and unchecked nerdgasms, it’s hard to beat the announcement of a new gaming console. New smartphones and other tech gadgets are announced all the time.
New gaming consoles, however, don’t come along too often. This console generation in particular is a little long in the tooth compared to previous ones where new consoles came out every five years or sooner. So when Sony starts teasing their PlayStation 4 way earlier than this summer’s E3, people take notice.
To a lesser degree, the curious little Ouya console is also getting gamers excited about a different, open-sourced future for video games. A $99 price point lessens the likelihood of buyer’s remorse for early adopters. The same may be true for Zynga, which is putting a happy face on some bad financial numbers by focusing on investor confidence.
Sony hints at PS4 reveal
A Sony media event scheduled for Feb. 20 in New York City has gamers frothing over the prospect of a PlayStation 4 reveal. Sony isn’t going out of its way to dampen that speculation. In fact, they’re fanning the fires. A 45-second Youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-3GMHIgR-U&feature=player_embedded and a recent Tweet by the company imply that attendees of the Feb. 20 event with “see the future.” Even more speculation was lit afire when a Sony spokesman told Reuters “we will be talking about the PlayStation business.”
Reliable sources agree: The PlayStation 4 will be announced on Feb. 20.
Ouya“Promising” Ouya available for pre-order
Ouya, the highly anticipated open-source console, is set for a US release this June. Ouya is an Android-based, Kickstarter-funded console that’s about the size of a coffee mug. It is now available for pre-order at Amazon, GameStop, Target and Best Buy.
Coming in at $99, the Ouya isn’t as powerful as the current crop of gaming consoles. However, it is far more developer-friendly. The company is calling their little box The People’s Console, and some developers are intrigued by its potential to live up to that title.
In interviews with Engadget, developers Rami Ismail and the team at Vlambeer said they were pleasantly surprised with the Ouya development kit. As an open-source platform, the Ouya could be a destination for amateur and professional programmers.
ZyngaZynga loses $209 million in 2012
Zynga, the maker of free online games such as Words with Friends and Bubble Safari, has closed the books on 2012. Their difficulty in that first year as a publicly traded company has been well documented. Now that it’s over, there is good news and bad. The bad is obvious: Zynga lost $209 million in 2012, and lost 6 of its 60 million daily active users.
Still, investors seem happy, as the share prices were up around 6 percent after the announcement. In 2013, Zynga will continue their practice of shutting down games that underperform while also forging ahead with real money gambling on the web.