PS4 (Orbis) Based on AMD A10 Processor, Emphasis on Affordability

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Well, folks, it appears the time is drawing ever closer to when we’ll get to feast our eyes upon Sony’s latest powerhouse home console, the PlayStation 4, code-named “Orbis.”

Reliable industry sources have released some preliminary specifications that are in the second of a total of four early SDK’s for select developers.

The PlayStation Orbis will apparently be based upon AMD’s latest A10 APU (combination of a CPU and GPU).   It will also contain either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, likely the former as the latter is most likely solely for SDK purposes.   There’s also been speculation that there will be an accompanying GPU to go along with the APU.

Blu Ray will once again make an appearance, likely at a much faster read rate (8x or higher).   No word yet on what capacity discs it will support, but knowing Sony they may once again try to push a new standard BR disc with the capacity to hold 4K resolution content.  (4K TV sets are going to be the next big thing.)

Onboard storage is set to be a “standard” 256GB.  This is interesting as that denotation of number is usually associated with SSD’s or Flash storage.   No confirmation of whether it is indeed one of those or just a standard HDD, but I’m leaning toward it being Solid State or Flash.

As far as I/O ports are concerned, according to developers, these are going unchanged from the PS3.   So, expect your standard HDMI, Ethernet, WiFi, BlueTooth, and Toslink (Optical) Audio ports.  It looks like we’re still not gonna see those famed Dual HDMI Outputs the PS3 was supposed to have.     LoL

It seems like one of Sony’s main goals as far as performance is concerned is to have the PS4 be able to run games at 1080p60 in 3D “with no problem”, while still maintaining an affordable pricepoint.   This seems like a smart goal, instead of trying to output games in 4K as was rumored awhile back.  This is not to say that we may not see some smaller PSN-type games run in 4K, but don’t expect a 4K Uncharted or Killzone experience.

The PS4′s User Interface is supposed to be “as fluid as possible.”   They’re also working to allow users to easily jump back out of the game and use any other feature mid-game (such as buying and downloading DLC from the PS Store) and jump right back into their game.   This is a very welcomed feature, as most XMB features require you to exit the game.

Still no word on price just yet but since they’re shooting for an affordable price-point, I can certainly see at least one SKU being at the $350-399 price-point, with maybe a premium model coming in at $450.    That’s much better than the $499/599 price-points of the 20GB/60GB launch PlayStation 3 models.

With all of this new information, I’m certainly getting more excited for next year’s E3.   How about you guys?

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I've been gaming since the early NES days. From there I had a Sega Genesis. Then my love for PlayStation began when I got my PS1. Next was PS2. And finally, PS3 now. Gaming is just one of many hobbies I enjoy, that include basketball, tennis, and four-wheeler riding.

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  1. Machee

    11 / 5 / 2012 3:18 pm

    sexy (:

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    • 11 / 5 / 2012 3:53 pm

      LoL Yes it is. Hopefully, they fix all the problems from the PS3 and make the PS4 the go-to console for cutting-edge tech and the best (and most exlusive) games.

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  2. Boooyaayourmom

    11 / 5 / 2012 5:54 pm

    for some reason i really trust that sony WILL pull through this time especially now that we are ALMOST entirely in the KAZ Hirai era of Sony so everything should be more unified and in turn more focus and attention to detail beyond any past PS system

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  3. rico_fiasco

    11 / 5 / 2012 10:38 pm

    I think Sony is going to play their cards right this upcoming gen. The only that really hindered the ps3 was the amount of RAM that it had (or lack thereof). But if the spec and functionality are to be true, we can see the PS4/Orbis as the pinnacle of gaming.

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  4. PSFan

    11 / 6 / 2012 12:18 am

    They’re going to have to use another card no way the orbis will pump out anything decent if they JUST use the gpu from the a10 they’ll need to crossfire it with another gpu if they want truly stunning next gen visuals

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  5. Machee

    11 / 12 / 2012 12:12 am

    ok this is the real Machee…some dudes keep using my nickname, anyway if Sony wants to survive in the gaming business, then fucking focus more on the software side, which the 360 is better at and thats why they have been raping the PS3 sales for years now

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    • rico_fiasco

      11 / 16 / 2012 12:07 pm

      this guy….hahaha

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  6. Game-Critic

    11 / 28 / 2012 10:31 am

    Yo I think we all should chip in and go to E3 together next year because you know the next gen consoles are going to be announced.

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  7. mikedemo1

    12 / 6 / 2012 6:10 am

    I know the hardware will be there, I know the games will be there. The question is will the social?

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  8. Game-Critic

    12 / 10 / 2012 9:29 pm

    you know Mike I’m worried about that myself. If they show the PS4 they better show the UI and interface and it better be able to do what the 360 and Vita can do now and more. SONY has no room for excuses anymore why they’re social aspect falls short to XBOX LIVE anymore.

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