Orbis: Playstation’s Possible Next Gen Console
Gamers are all too familiar with rumored details whenever a new next gen console is “announced.” When the Xbox 720/Durango failed to reveal itself at gaming conferences around the globe this year, the same could almost be expected with this new leak: A potential PlayStation 4.
Planned for release during the Holiday season 2013, the PlayStation 4 is moonlighting under the code name “Orbis” (a latin term meaning “circle”). Kokatu.com had plenty to say about the subject as their sources have provided some exclusive information about the console: “Selected developers” have been chosen to receive dev kits earlier this year. Kokatu also reports that finalized kits won’t be available to ship until the end of this year, and some of the main feature changes to the hardware includes AMD x 64 CPU and AMD Southern Islands GPU. This new adjustment within the core of the system will allow for 3D gaming in HD 1080pi, and resolutions of 4096×2160.
One of the major impacts Orbis will have on gamers while utilizing the AMD technology is not being backwards compatible with current PS3 games (with no plans to make PS3 games compatible in the future). Orbis will also restrict gamers to playing only newly purchased games. A system will be set in place that will lock new games to a PSN Account, and can be purchased via Blu-Ray or download. And, like PC games, you will most likely need a current online account with PSN for the game to even load.
More news on the PlayStation 4 will be released as it develops.