Orbis

PS4 to Come Out Before Christmas?

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony will, indeed, introduce the Sony Playstation 4 on February 20th. The article goes on to say that Sony is expected to push the system to market before the end of this year, but nothing is known about what else will be revealed in three weeks time.

Last week, Kotaku published an article that featured loads of information on the new system, though there is still no confirmation from Sony that the specs and details presented in that article are real.

Luckily, Nerd Bastards has obtained official… nah, I’m just fucking around. Can you imagine? Shit, that would be awesome for us. Anyway…

The big questions facing Sony will likely come down to price point, developer support, and look. Casual gamers don’t know what to make of spec lists — they need to be wowed visually, and if Sony wants to take this apparent head-start and really seize momentum, they’re going to have to ring in this announcement with some visual fireworks that show us what the next generation of consoles looks like.

They also need to tell us how Orbis, or PS4, represents a clear upgrade over present systems. Times are tough, and people aren’t going to lay out hundreds of dollars unless they know that they are buying a piece of the future.

Microsoft will have the same pressures when they announce firm details and a release date for their Xbox 360 successor, an announcement that, I imagine, won’t be far behind Sony’s.

Word on the street is that Sony is gearing up for the PlayStation 4, which is currently code named “Orbis” (which can mean tons of different things) and is set to be released during the 2013 holiday season. Someone much more clever than I came up with this speculation, and I’m going to quote ’em here ’cause they deserve creditfor smart shit like this:

Though Orbis could mean one of many things, if you combine it with the name for Sony’s new handheld, the PlayStation Vita, you have a common Latin term “Orbis Vitae,” which means “the circle of life.” Seems like something a marketing team would do, right? Also, the address orbis.scedev.net actually leads to a website, which shares a naming convention and site design with the Vita web developer portal.

Interesting! Now, on to some more deets about this prospective new PlayStation. It sounds like the new console is running an AMD x64 CPU with an AMD Southern Islands GPU and that it might have a resolution of 4096 x 2160.  For those of you to whom that is meaningless… just know that that’s pretty impressive; it’s more than your average HDTV can handle.  The sources claim that the PS4 will be able to to display 3D games in 1080p, which is an improvement over the PS3’s 720p. Now, for the shit that sucks the shit. First of all, reports are saying that the PS4 won’t have backwards compatibility.  They’ve decided to say “fuck it” that whole thing.  Secondly, apparently there may be some sort of limitations in place with used games.  We’re not sure how that will work just yet but chances are games will require some sort of registration or locking in such that if someone were to sell a game or share it with another person, that other person would be gypped.  This is pretty garbage, but of course it’ll be effective in making Sony all the money ever. Bear in mind that the supposed release date is just under 2 years from now and that a lot can change in that time.  Also, don’t underestimate the power of fan bitching at Sony.  😉 Source: Geekosystem