We’re nearing the end of the console cycle, and what would be a successful end without a huge set of rumors about the next console? Kotaku is now claiming a “reliable source” that “has shared correct information with them before” is giving them the tip about Sony’s upcoming console – the PlayStation 4, codenamed “Orbis,” which is supposed to release around Christmas time of next year.
The name “Orbis” means circle, or orbit in Latin, kinda like the Vita means “life” in Latin. (Kotaku said Orbis Vita in Latin means “circle of life” – coincidence? Who knows). Like the Vita though, Orbis could be the final name of the PlayStation 4, but something tells me that’s not gonna happen. However the SCE dev site responds when “Orbis” is put into the URL and does not respond when “PS4″ is put into the URL, so that’s pretty interesting, I remember something similar happening with the Vita if I’m not mistaken.
Some temporary specs the “source” said was currently in the next PlayStation is an AMD x64 CPU and an AMD Southern Islands GPU. The GPU is said to be capable of 4096×2160 resolution and displaying 3D at 1080p. Developers have already been getting their dev kits in January for the PS4 says the source.
You may have to keep your PS3′s if you wanna play PS3 games still after PS4 releases, they say no backwards capadibility at all this time, Sony won’t even be wasting their time now with the whole thing it seems. Used games are also gonna suck on the PS4, also much rumored to be on the next Xbox (codenamed “Durango”) is an anti-used game measure on the system having your purchased retail games on in store or PSN where they must be locked to a specific PSN account and it will be like the PC where you have to be logged online to play them. So no more annoying online passes, but…. ehhh…
Keep in mind that this is all rumors and none of this should at all be taken seriously until confirmed by Sony. (Even though Sony’s rumors over the past year have been pretty accurate).