March 30, 2012
PlayStation 4 Rumors Suggest Christmas 2013 Release
New rumors have surfaced with details about what Sony's next console, the PlayStation 4, might have to offer.
“While the official reveal of Sony's next home console could still be months away, if not longer, Kotaku has today learned some important details concerning the PlayStation 3's successor,”
Quoting a reliable, but unnamed, source, the popular video games blog Kotaku reported on Thursday that the new PS4 will be released at Christmas 2013, and will be called ℠Orbis´, although it is not known whether that is a codename or the true name the console.
The PS4 will reportedly have an AMD Southern Islands GPU and an AMD x64 CPU, support resolution sizes of 4096x2160 and allow 3D games to be played at 1080p, Kotaku said.
According to the report, Orbis will not be backward compatible with its PS3 predecessor, and would not, presumably, be able to run PS2 or PS1 games either.
Kotaku said the Orbis console would also incorporate technology that blocks used games from having their full functionality, something also rumored with Microsoft´s Xbox 360's successor.
“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,” Kotaku said.
“This would allow used games to continue to be sold at outlets such as GameStop, while also appeasing major publishers who would no longer have to implement their own haphazard approaches to online passes.”
A Christmas 2013 release of the PS4 would be consistent with Sony´s previous releases. The original PlayStation was released in 1994, while PS2 and PS3 were released in 2000 and 2006, respectively.
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