[Rumor] PS4 is codenamed Orbis and it also hates used games

Posted on March 28, 2012 - 2:00pm by Sean Hinz

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

“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.”

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? 

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