[Rumor] PS4 is codenamed Orbis and it also hates used games
The codename for the next PS4 is Orbis and it looks like we might be playing one 18 months from now. Rumored to be coming during the 2013 holiday season, the CPU is an AMD x64 chipset, and matches previous things we have heard about the system. There is also talk about the GPU being AMD’s new “Southern Islands” line of high-end cards, capable of displaying games in a resolution of 4096x2160.
Some developers began receiving dev kits as early as this January and a more improved version was shipped out after GDC. This should be enough lead time for companies to build some launch titles for holiday 2013. Here is the thing though; they had better have some launch titles as this system is forgoing any sort of backwards compatibility. And like the rumored Durango, Sony is aiming at the used game market in an attempt to remove it completely. The source claims that
There would be some sort of system that would let you unlock a game from a piece of hardware, but the source was unclear as to how it would be implemented. That seems like it would hurt big box retailers and potentially destroy GameStop in the long-run. Call me reluctant, but the premise that used games might begin to disappear in the next 2-3 years seems pretty dicey. What do you guys think?