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"Playstation 4 "Orbis" rumors"


  

          

The Next PlayStation is Called Orbis, Sources Say. Here are the Details.

While the official reveal of Sony's next home console could still be months away, if not longer, Kotaku has today learned some important details concerning the PlayStation 3's successor.

For one, the console's name—or at least its codename/working title—is apparently Orbis. And it's being planned for release in time for the 2013 holiday season.

The details in this story come from a reliable source who is not authorized to talk publicly about next-gen hardware but has shared correct information with us before. What they're telling us in specifics matches much of what we've heard and reported in generalities in recent weeks.

A Sony spokesperson declined to comment about these details, citing the company's policy not to comment on "rumors or speculation."
WHAT'S IN A NAME

Orbis. Say it out loud. Sounds a little like the word "four", doesn't it? Only it doesn't make the next PlayStation sound like a bad horror movie sequel.

It's also a name loaded with meaning. The word "Orbis" itself, from Latin, means circle, or ring, or even orbit. Not terribly helpful. Combine it with the name of Sony's new handheld system, though, and you have the common term Orbis Vita (or, in strict Latin, Orbis Vitae). Which means "The circle of life". Could the Vita be playing a very important role in the development and use of the next PlayStation home console? Maybe!

Such symbolism also suggests that rather than being a codename, like most companies employ when still developing a console (think NGP, or Durango), this might actually be the machine's final name. We don't know that, though, so keep an open mind about things.

CURRENT SPECS

Our main source supplied some basic specs for the console, but as the future is always in motion, bear in mind these could easily change between now and the Orbis' retail release. Still, if you'd like to know what developers are being told to plan for now, here you go.

AMD x64 CPU
AMD Southern Islands GPU

The former, that's largely something we've heard before, but the latter is interesting. That's the name given to many of AMD's 2012 roster of high-end PC cards. The PS4's GPU in particular, we're told, will be capable of displaying Orbis games at a resolution of up to 4096x2160, which is far in excess of the needs of most current HDTV sets. It'll also be capable of playing 3D games in 1080p (the PS3 could only safely manage 3D at 720p).

NEXT YEAR

Our main source tell us that "select developers" have been receiving dev kits for the new console since the beginning of this year. Revised and improved versions of these kits were sent out around GDC, while more finalised beta units will be shipped to developers towards the end of 2012.

That should hopefully give developers plenty of time to have launch games ready for the Orbis' retail release, which will be in time for the 2013 holiday season. If you can remember the PS3 launch—it's OK if you can't, it was a while ago—that too was in time for the holiday shopping season (November 2006 for Japan and North America).
SO LONG, PS3 GAMES

Remember how the PlayStation 3 swiftly dropped the ability to play PS2 games? Well, our main source tell us the Orbis won't even bother, and that Sony has no plans to offer backwards compatibility for its existing catalogue of PS3 games.

SO LONG, USED GAMES

BACK IN DECEMBER... A post left on Pastebin back in December also referred to the PlayStation 4 as Orbis, calling it a codename in the same vein as Microsoft's Durango. The system specs in that post differ significantly from what Kotaku has heard, and the lack of a hard drive by default goes against the idea of downloading full games to the system.

The Pastebin post also mentions that big name developers like EA were disappointed by an Orbis much less powerful than Microsoft's next machine, so there's a chance that it's the story of an earlier prototype that didn't make the grade. We've reached out to EA for comment.

Just like the next Xbox/Durango, we've heard from multiple sources that the Orbis will likewise have some kind of anti-used games measures built into the console. Here's how our main source says it's currently shaping up: new games for the system will be available one of two ways, either on a Blu-Ray disc or as a PSN download (yes, even full retail titles). If you buy the disc, it must be locked to a single PSN account, after which you can play the game, save the whole thing to your HDD, or peg it as "downloaded" in your account history and be free to download it at a later date.

Don't think you can simply buy the disc and stay offline, though; like many PC games these days, you'll need to have a PSN account and be online to even get the thing started.

If you then decide to trade that disc in, the pre-owned customer picking it up will be limited in what they can do. While our sources were unclear on how exactly the pre-owned customer side of things would work, it's believed used games will be limited to a trial mode or some other form of content restriction, with consumers having to pay a fee to unlock/register the full game.

This would allow used games to continue to be sold at outlets such as GameStop, while also appeasing major publishers who would no longer have to implement their own haphazard approaches to "online passes".

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That's all we've got for you at the moment. Remember, none of this information is confirmed, and even the information that is locked down in March 2012 may change before the console's eventual release. This is just what we've been told Sony is working on and planning for as of today. That being the case, how do you think it's shaping up?



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Playstation 4 "Orbis" rumors [View all] , RobOne4, Wed Mar-28-12 02:47 PM
 
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LOL. If this is true Sony has problems.
Mar 28th 2012
1
WOW, this shit is heinous
Mar 28th 2012
3
Stop being such an internet troll, used game issue.
Mar 28th 2012
2
Meh
Mar 28th 2012
4
RE: Meh
Mar 28th 2012
5
I thought it was just me...
Apr 02nd 2012
58
they shouldn't see a profit off of a used game
Mar 28th 2012
7
      You aren't paying for the disc.
Mar 29th 2012
9
      Bullshit
Mar 29th 2012
10
           I call bullshit on your call of bullshit.
Mar 29th 2012
17
                I stand corrected on the Vita
Mar 29th 2012
18
      Why do people keep missing this?
Apr 02nd 2012
60
LOL! 2160p TV's won't even be out by the time the Orbis does.
Mar 28th 2012
6
Uh you prepare for newer tech now so
Mar 29th 2012
11
I weep for the youth
Mar 29th 2012
8
yeah. eff em.
Mar 29th 2012
12
Sony can take their sweet ass time with it
Mar 29th 2012
13
improved graphics... thats what i look for anyway..
Mar 29th 2012
14
I'm looking for the day where every piece in a game is interactive
Mar 29th 2012
16
      I want to be able to step over something in MW3...
Mar 29th 2012
19
      imagine a MW game like that tho. Whew. Bout to play now lol
Mar 29th 2012
22
      You can do that in BF3........
Mar 29th 2012
23
           still limits you. We talking Far Cry 2 big
Mar 30th 2012
28
      That game would take like 10 years to make lol
Mar 29th 2012
20
           thats not real life realistic either....
Mar 31st 2012
40
                ay in a war I should be able to kick open any door!
Mar 31st 2012
41
RE: Sony can take their sweet ass time with it
Mar 29th 2012
15
^ ^ ^This is where I'm at with it!
Mar 29th 2012
21
The PS3 will easily last for a decade.
Mar 30th 2012
24
base. WHY does another console have to come out?
Mar 30th 2012
25
The issue with the delay...
Mar 30th 2012
29
releasing a year after the 360 wasn't their problem
Mar 30th 2012
32
      Not the only issue, no...
Mar 30th 2012
34
Yeah.
Mar 30th 2012
30
this is the first gen I just don't see the point in a new one
Mar 30th 2012
26
How the hell did we go from Super Metroid, Sonic, SMB3 and Final Fantasy...
Mar 30th 2012
27
That's what I wanna know
Mar 30th 2012
31
nghs too busy trying to make movies
Mar 30th 2012
33
^ ^ ^Exactly what I was talkin' bout above.
Mar 30th 2012
35
what set this off?
Mar 30th 2012
36
FUCK A CUT SCENE
Mar 31st 2012
43
God of War, Ratchet & Clank, GTA, Mass Effect are all great franchises
Mar 30th 2012
37
      i don't get it either.
Mar 30th 2012
38
           The hoops you need to jump through nowadays
Mar 31st 2012
39
                yeah, and blow your lungs out
Mar 31st 2012
42
                     yup, I didn't play Chrono Trigger until PS1 because it was $80
Mar 31st 2012
44
                     these richie rich ass niggas don't know the pricetags for shit
Mar 31st 2012
46
                     they aint old enough to remember
Apr 01st 2012
49
                          Strider for Genesis $80 bucks....
Apr 01st 2012
50
                          RE: Strider for Genesis $80 bucks....
Apr 01st 2012
55
                               Sega's Turbo was over $100 but came w/steering wheel
Apr 01st 2012
56
                          nah, I remember
Apr 01st 2012
51
                               i paid 74.99 for PSII at kay bee toys
Apr 02nd 2012
59
                     yup. i kept it flawless and sold it for $300 a few years ago.
Apr 02nd 2012
63
                     Nigga please
Mar 31st 2012
45
                     THIS!!!
Apr 01st 2012
48
                     yeah.
Apr 01st 2012
52
                     Mike Tyson's punchout was like $50 when it came out.
Apr 01st 2012
54
                     uh huh. STRIDER for Sega Genesis was $80
Apr 02nd 2012
57
                     Right. There have always been hoops.
Apr 02nd 2012
61
I look forward to the 2016 release nm
Apr 01st 2012
47
As with everything, capitalism has to ruin gaming
Apr 01st 2012
53
you must not know what capitalism is
Apr 02nd 2012
62
      RE: you must not know what capitalism is
Apr 09th 2012
68
if they're going to get rid of the used game market
Apr 03rd 2012
64
But that's the thing...will they actually do that?
Apr 04th 2012
65
Xbox Live has been lowering game prices over time
Apr 05th 2012
66
Not the DLC though. That shit almost never goes on sale
Apr 09th 2012
69
And there's no reason downloaded games should cost the same
Apr 05th 2012
67

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