With the eminent release of the "PlayStation 4", which has now being given the alias "Orbis", there has being an abundant amount of speculation revolving it's evolution into the next generation of console gaming. With new technologies available many are hoping for a game console that not only shadows it's predecessors but out right obliterates them in all areas. There is talk of dropping the DualShock control that we have become accustomed to with biometrics, to the more controversial end of the used game market. Like I said this is all just speculation. But what concerns me the most is the future of the PSX scene and will there be one?
So lets take a step back and delve into the history of the PlayStation scene. A prime example that debunks my above statement is the legendary PlayStation 2. A console that Sony only recently seized production on and has undoubtedly one of the largest scenes in console hacking and homebrew. So with that said we can rest assured that the PlayStation 3 scene will survive, especially if Sony backs off while concentrating on it's latest console, the 'Orbis'. In fact we could see a rebirth of the PlayStation 3 scene and possibly the return of some developers, who felt the risk that Sony imposed was not worth participating, and thus releasing work that was once a guarded secret. The possibilities are endless and I'm sure that you would agree that there are many unexplored avenues of the PlayStation 3 and the power the console possesses.
Now moving forward is a question I have asked myself many times. A question that arises whenever a new console is released. When will the 'Orbis' be hacked?
Looking at the PlayStation 3, which was a reasonably formidable foe, one wonders what Sony has up their sleeves. Will past misconceptions find their way into the next generation console or will the security pose a threat to the 'Orbis' homebrew scene? My guess is as good as yours...