It seems there has been some new information leaked recently from an unknown source regarding the Playstation 4 (or as some people are referring to it as: ‘Orbis’). So, before you go any further, please understand that none of this information has been confirmed. It would be best to take it with a grain of salt.
- Dev kits are currently being sent out to developers for testing in a modified PC case. The developer kit comes in four different versions. The first being simply a graphics card while second is more of a “modified PC”. The third version is scheduled to release in January 2013 to near perfection while the last version will be the final product sent out in Summer of 2013.
- Sony will officially announce the new console shortly before E3 next year.
- The unit is not being manufactured in Japan.
- U.S. developers held a meeting recently to discuss hardware, capability, and functions while showing presentations. However, the term “Playstation 4″ was never used during this meeting. Only the codename “Orbis” continues to be used. Another meeting will be held in the near future.
- The Orbis hardware system is based on the AMD’s A10 APU series which combines the GPU and CPU. The capability for this hardware will be to run 1080p at 60fps in 3D seamlessly with no problem at all. The hardware is said to be strong enough to compete with not only today’s electronics, but the future’s as well.
- The current developer kits either run on 8GB or 16GB of RAM.
- The console will come standard with a 256GB HDD and a Blu-ray drive. The ethernet port, HDMI, Wi-Fi, etc. all of this is said to be similar to the Playstation 3′s outputs.
- Sony wishes to make something affordable for the consumer while not being so sluggish during launch like the Playstation 3 was. They want to release a solid product and with the Orbis, they believe this will be very affordable and give the consumer a lot of potential.
- You will be able to navigate anywhere at any given time. Sony gives an example of being able to open the PSN Store while playing a game, downloading something, and going back to your game. All of this will take place in a very fluid manner, not to disrupt your experience.
- You have an option to set your console to standby at all times.
- The console will also keep up with product or console updates in the background.
So, there ya have it, folks. Rumor or not, I have to admit, I’m impressed. If some of this does turn out to be true, I’ll be even more impressed. I guess we’ll have to wait until January 2013 rolls around to see if any more rumors come out… That or wait until E3 next year and see if something is announced a couple of weeks or so before then.