Gaming site, Kotaku, released some news today regarding the future of Sony's console development. This new system will supposedly help destroy the use of used games by locking games to systems and only allowing new games to be played on the console with a code.
Orbis.scedev.net was referenced as a source, but there is nothing on there now detailing the rumored Orbis system.
- Orbis is Latin for circle/ring, which plays into the naming of the recent Sony handheld, the Vita, which means the circle of life. Designs and sketches were posted by Coque Designs, but have since been pulled.
- The system will not feature PS3 backwards compatibility, which is not unexpected as PS2 support was pulled from the PS3 completely when the slim version was released. Backwards compatibility seems to be too much of a headache for Sony.
- The specs for the new PS4 consist of an AMD x64 and AMD Southern Islands GPU that will give games a resolution of 4096x2160. 3D games will be able to be displayed in 1080p compared to the PS3 which can only put out 720p for 3D games.
- Allegedly revised Dev kits were put out around GDC, finalized units should be done by the end of the year.
- In terms of how games will be played, the PS4 will support Blu Ray and downloadable games. The physical games will be tied to the PSN account that you played the game on first. You will also be able to download the title onto your HDD in case you want to use it in the future.
- Those who pick up the Orbis titles second hand will most likely be unable to play the game, and will have to pay an unlock code to access the game.
- The new PlayStation may not be running on a cell processor, which is what the PS3 uses.
The system is slated to release during holiday 2013, but who knows?
This is all speculation, but the data seems to be spot-on and not just crazy sentences like, "IT WILL BE 8 BILLION TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN THE NEW XBOX!" So, there is some weight in these details. The hardware specifics are probably not perfect, but they're reasonable. I also like the idea of anti-used game sales because used games do hurt the market and the companies that develop games.
The pictures in the post are not actual photos of the new system, just concept designs.
What do you think this of the new PlayStation?