The name: What’s in a name? For Sony, a “PlayStation 4” could have less appeal. Japanese superstitions associate the number four with the word for death (shi), as they're pronounced the same. Some hotels and hospitals skip the number four, just as some American hotels may skip the 13th floor. Instead, the new console would likely go by its code name, Orbis (it more or less means circle in Latin).
Streaming games: The Wall Street Journal reported on Feb. 15 that Sony plans to offer technology to stream games for its next video-game console. Users would play games delivered to them online. The feature would not only keep costs lower for customers, but also enable them to play more complex games on their smart phones.
It would not come as a surprise if the new console included a streaming service. Sony acquired the cloud-based gaming service Gaikai in July for $380 million. It was known for streaming visually intense games for which players would normally need higher-quality personal computers or gaming consoles.