Article written by Tuffcub.
Published on 25/01/2013 at 09:00 AM.
All this talk of next generation consoles is getting a little bit too much for some people. With that in mind, weâ€™ve had a minor mental breakdown and invented our own source that weâ€™ve been quizzing for some totally made up rubbish about the GameStation 4. Because our source is overtly invented, we donâ€™t even have to pretend heâ€™s anonymous. Weâ€™ve even given him a backstory.
Heâ€™s called Gerald Circuitboards, he used to work for Findus in their Crispy Pancake Crispiness Testing Division and heâ€™s got a lovely wife, called Sandra, who secretly resents her sister for having a more successful career than her. Now Gerald works for Sowny Macao as their VP of Vicious Gossip and Bitching but heâ€™s hoping to gain promotion that will put him in charge of all rumour-mongering for the whole of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia.
All of this and then a bit more.
We pretended to ask Gerald how much RAM the GameStation 4 will have. â€śFour bits of it, or maybe eight of them. Definitely not three RAMS,â€ť replied the wily shepherd of gossip, â€śat least, thatâ€™s what trawling the speculative threads on NeoGAF tells us.â€ť Not to worry though, itâ€™s four really fast gigabytes of RAM, codenamed â€śWhippet RAM,â€ť apparently.
Gerald is keen to point out that the GameStation 4 will actually be called the â€śOrbitâ€ť because Sowny recently hired a new VP of Nomenclature in San Francisco and heâ€™s really good at coming up with names. We pointed out that â€śorbitâ€ť is the latin term for the eye socket. â€śThatâ€™s because it has a docking station for our new GameStationEye camera peripheral,â€ť replied our imaginary friend. â€śYou know, for all those motion-controlled games the kids love so much.â€ť
The console will use Blu-ray discs for games and will provide backward compatibility with all the previous generationâ€™s games via Wizard Streaming. We suggested that this was a really good idea for an OS-level application. â€śOh no, a real wizard,â€ť replied Gerald. â€śWeâ€™ve imported a job lot of them from Middle Earth and each Orbit comes bundled with two controllers, the GameStationEye and an actual wizard.â€ť
One of the two bundled controllers is a standard twin-stick, twin-trigger, 11 button configuration but with a twist. You can split it in half, flip the sticks around, adjust a couple of panels and transform one half into Optimus Prime. The other half, then works as a remote control to drive Optimus around your living room. Nintendo hasnâ€™t even dreamt of something like that.
The other controller is a motion controller shaped like a thick wand with spongy orb on one end. The wand part vibrates as usual but it also heats up and cools down to provide what Gerald isnâ€™t calling â€śThermalSenseâ€ť feedback. Youâ€™ll also be able to twist the orb for screwing and unscrewing things in games, as well as for actions like opening a doorknob.
The spongy orb also has a revolutionary new feature, called â€śTasteTech.â€ť Special emitters around the surface of the orb will secrete various combinations of flavours which you can then lick to get a whole new type of feedback. For example, munching on a Giantâ€™s Toe in Skyrim would give you the actual taste of a real giantâ€™s foot on the orb.
This amazing new tastable technology is being adapted to automatically take on the flavour of anything being displayed on screen, too. Gerald says that intensive focus testing is currently underway and the most generated flavour so far has been â€śboobs.â€ť
Hopefully, lots of imaginary games featuring cake are on the way.
Itâ€™s all powered by a super fast processor which Gerald claims is at least twice as fast as that other console from those other jokers. Probably.
As for games, the GameStation 4 has signed Agent and The Last Guardian from the misty wilderness. Both games will definitely be out at launch. Or, launch window, at least. Definitely. Thereâ€™s no word on when launch will be though, the GameStation 4 will only be revealed at a carefully selected time described by Gerald as â€śas soon as we find out when that other console is going to be revealed.â€ť
Finally, when pushed on whether the new console would include any Kinect-style hands-free gaming, Gerald snorted with laughter. â€śAre you having a giraffe? The only thing that works on Kinect are dancing games. Weâ€™ll provide an even more immersive experience by offering DLC tickets to your local disco.â€ť
Weâ€™d like to thank Gerald for allowing us to invent him for this little chat.
Note: This fantasy was co-sponsored by Tuffcub and Peter.