My Expectation - Playstation 4 will be marketed as Streaming Hub
I am increasingly sure that Sony will be marketing the Playstation 4 as a revolutionary streaming hub. In other words, the Playstation 4 will let you stream its own processing power and media library to all of your mobile devices - so rather than streaming content off the cloud, the consumer will stream the content off his own hardware - the Playstation 4 - onto all manner of pre-existing handheld devices like iOS & Android smartphones and tablets, as well as the Playstation VITA.
Such a focus would also go hand-in-hand with a 99$ stripped-down version of the PS VITA, that's pretty much just the OLED touchscreen screen and all the regular interface elements (sticks & buttons & such), without processing power of its own - other than to enable streaming onto it - both in Wi-Fi and 3G, and that PS4's standard gamepad will have all interface elements of the VITA - like the touchpad and OLED touchscreen- present (and more of course). An own line of supercheap iPad-like devices, that synch-up with the Playstation 4 and use its processing power to achieve iPad-like functionality at home and on the go is also quite likely. Get the same functionality as an iPad, for the fraction of the price.
Overall - I think it's Sony's strategy to get heavily into the subsidised market and therefor attacking both Apple & Microsoft, on the mobile device front, as well as in the home entertainment front - by teaming up with ISPs and Cellular-service providers all over the world, to sell the Playstation 4 experience at a super competitive price (with the caveat of a service subscription).
Do you think there's something to this prediction? And is your home internet fast enough upload-wise to facilitate *streaming off your Playstation 4*? I've got like 600 KB/s upload on my connection, and anywhere I go on a regular basis, ping would be completely neglible - so that'd be baller. At very least for all manner of passive entertainment. Not sure about interactive entertainment & office functionality, but it should perform at least as well as Gaikai and OnLive does under perfect circumstances games-wise. I mean is anyone ever more than 100 miles from their home?