[Rumor] Round-up for PlayStation’s Orbis, aka the PS4
While we’re only five weeks into the New Year, the holiday season is heating up thanks to a ton of rumors, and PlayStation’s February 20th event, ‘see the future’. More and more inside “sources” are coming forward since the event was revealed, elaborating on what Sony has in store for gamers everywhere, so let’s countdown all the rumored features of the Orbis aka the PS4.
These are the current specs that are floating around the Interwebz.
- 8GB GDDR5 RAM
- An eight-core AMD CPUs clocked at 1.6GHz
- A GPU powered through AMD’s ‘R10XX’ architecture, alongside the so-called ‘Liverpool’ system-on-chip.
- Blu-ray optical drive
- 160 GB HDD (dev kit, will most likely be larger)
- Possible NFC technology
Like the Wii U, the controller for the PS4 is getting a re-designed to feature a variety of new tech. Based on the DualShock, this latest incarnation is expected to feature a small touchpad “in place of the existing Select, Start and PS buttons. The tech is based on Vita’s rear touchpad, and is similarly responsive in use.”
Additionally, the controller is expected to utilize biometric feedback, possibly understanding how a player responds to various scenarios and reacting. There is also the rumor of something called a Share button that will allow you to instantly update Social Media with images or video; more on that in the next section. Accounts are also rumored to be bound to controllers now, allowing multiple users to be logged into a single PlayStation at once; unlocking trophies for both accounts, sharing save data, etc.
The rumored Share button on the new DualShock taps into a unique feature the PS4 is offering. According to EDGE, the hardware will constantly record the most recent 15 minutes of activity on your PS4, “with no processing penalty”. Then you can hit the Share button, edit the content into a video or image, and broadcast that over the Internet.
There are also reports that PS4 will utilize Gaikai’s Cloud technology. This is not necessarily for full games, but instead it is a way to stream demos and videos or store other streaming content, without you having to download the content first.
It is expected to launch alongside the NextBox in America and also Japan during the holiday season of 2013. Europe won’t be able to see it until early 2014 due to “complexities involved in European distribution”. There will be an improved PS Eye that is Move compatible, along with the PS4. No word on there being a bundle though. Hopefully Move hardware from PS3 will be compatible with PS4.
According to various Japanese publications, the PS4 is expected to retail in Japan for 40,000 yen, putting it right around the $400 price point here in the states. As compared to the PS3 launching at $600, this seems more in line to compete with the current offerings in the market.
So that’s what we know. I will probably try to round up all the games rumored to be coming to the PS4 before we ‘see the future’, but based solely on the hardware, does this sound like something you’re interested in g1s?
*Thanks to deviantARTist hesit8in for the mock-ups