The PS4's GPU in particular, we're told, will be capable of displaying Orbis games at a resolution of up to 4096x2160, which is far in excess of the needs of most current HDTV sets.
I don't think I will be buying a new HDTV to take advantage of the PS4 graphics like I did for PS3.
Remember how the PlayStation 3 swiftly dropped the ability to play PS2 games? Well, our main source tell us the Orbis won't even bother, and that Sony has no plans to offer backwards compatibility for its existing catalogue of PS3 games.
Sony is shooting themselves in the foot if they don't offer backwards compatibility with the PS4. I would have considered a PS4 if I could trade in my PS3 to help subsidize the cost of the PS4 knowing it will play PS3 games. I have spent so much on my gaming library this gen since it has been the longest console generation. Also money spent on DLC attached to the retail game disc themselves which I can not play on the PS4 if it does not do backwards compatibility with PS3 games.
Don't think you can simply buy the disc and stay offline, though; like many PC games these days, you'll need to have a PSN account and be online to even get the thing started.
If you then decide to trade that disc in, the pre-owned customer picking it up will be limited in what they can do. While our sources were unclear on how exactly the pre-owned customer side of things would work, it's believed used games will be limited to a trial mode or some other form of content restriction, with consumers having to pay a fee to unlock/register the full game.
Since every game needs to be activated online... What happens if PSN gets hacked again? Buying a pre-owned game will basically be like you paying for a free demo, oh great. At least with the online pass you have access to the full single player portion.
Higher specs also means development cost will be higher. Guess what games publishers will lean even more to if creating games cost more than the $60 million it cost now.
If this is truly what the PS4 and Xbox 720 will become, I will not be purchasing a next gen console. I may consider the WiiU just so I can play the newer multiplatform IPs and Nintendo doesn't seem to be going crazy with DLC and putting in online passes(yes I know, its due to Nintendo's crap online system)... yet.