New Info On Mysterious PlayStation 4
PlayStation has done an amazing job of branding themselves as a creative force in gaming. After releasing PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3, rumors are on the whim about the elusive PlayStation 4. With a naming convention as silly as the NOW CD collection, this news does come with smiles and grins from many. For the other 99%, it comes with rolled eyes.
According to sources cited by Kotaku, it is believed the code name for the next PlayStation is "Orbis." And while the next console from Sony is widely expected to be called PlayStation 4 when it hits shelves, the site infers that Orbis might be the system's final name. An original name? That's boring!
It gets worse. According to the same blog:
"If you then decide to trade that disc in, the pre-owned customer picking it up will be limited in what they can do," the site said. "While our sources were unclear on how exactly the pre-owned customer side of things would work, it's believed used games will be limited to a trial mode or some other form of content restriction, with consumers having to pay a fee to unlock/register the full game."
Well yeah, that makes sense. It is the same with the used market in cars, TV's, clothes, computers...wait, no it's not. Seriously? PlayStation wants to restrict used games for more money? I think that is called extortion....
In terms of hard specs, Kotaku says the system will use either AMD's x64 CPU or perhaps AMD's Southern Islands GPU, the company's high-end chip. Graphics-wise, Orbis is said to be capable of resolutions up to 4096x2160, commonly called '4K' in TV manufacturer parlance (and one of the technological boosts shown off at this year's CES). It's also said to be able to play 3D games in full 1080p, a leap over the PS3's max 3D resolution of 720.
So there is that. I'll probably still stick with my Sega, which has no issues.