Following a leak from Kotaku, we shed some light on Sony’s next big console.
Earlier today, Kotaku revealed some details about the upcoming Playstation 4 console. Going by the codename of Orbis, it looks like the Playstation 4 could be closer than we think.
Hopefully Orbis will just be a codename for the project (Like Project Dolphin) and not be the final name for this home console. Orbis is latin for ring/circle, so it may be playing on the name of the PS Vita, since Orbis Vitae is latin for “The circle of life”.
Other than the name though, some other details have emerged concerning the actual hardware.
Apparently it will contain a 64 bit AMD processor, probably from AMD’s 2012 line of CPUs. It will also include an AMD Southern Islands GPU, which will be part of the upcoming Radeon HD 7XXX series. This GPU could be capable of displaying games at a resolution of 4096×2160 (Which is more than double the resolution of my monitor…) and it will be able to play 3D games in 1080p, far better quality than the 720p currently offered for 3D gaming.
Whilst teasing about hardware is all well and good, there are other details emerging that might vex some gamers.
Continuing on with the industry’s campaign against trade-ins and used games, the Orbis will apparently have some form of anti-used games measures built straight into the console. This will likely be done in the same way that PC games do things, each game will come with a code required to activate and/or install the game. The game can also be downloaded in full from PSN instead of buying it on BluRay disc.
Certain developers are also reportedly receiving development kits for the upcoming console.
All this information is currently unconfirmed, but is supposedly coming from a reliable source who has been right before.
More details will follow as more of the story is leaked.