According to a new report developers are currently receiving a new batch of PlayStation 4 developer kits, codenamed Orbis, and a few details have surfaced about these kits.
VG247 is reporting that several sources have told them that the new Orbis kit is now shipping to developers in a modified PC case. According to their sources, four versions of the kit are planned, the previous one was just a graphics card, the one they are receiving now is a modified PC with all the inner workings, a third one scheduled to release January will be close to the final version, and a final kit resembling the retail product will be sent out in the summer.
A few U.S. based developers attended a disclosure meeting at Sony’s offices this week to discuss the console and another meeting is scheduled a few weeks from now. According to one source, Sony is calling the machine Orbis and no reference has been made at any point to it being called the PlayStation 4.
According to VG247, Orbis is based on AMD’s A10 APU series, an APU (Accelerated Processor Unit) is a combined CPU and GPU. The goal of the system is to create a machine that can easily run 1o80p games in 3D with no issues so that it is powerful enough for “today’s and tomorrow’s market.”
The dev kits are being shipped in two versions one with 8GB of RAM and one with 16GB. A source added that the machine will use a Blu-ray drive like the PlayStation 3 and will come with a 256GB hard drive, although it’s unknown if it will be a standard or solid state one. All inputs of the new console will be exactly the same as the PlayStation 3.
The UI of the console is getting a revamp however, Orbis allows players to press the PS button on their controller mid-game and travel anywhere in the system, an example given was pausing a game, purchasing and installing some DLC, and then switching back to the game seamlessly.
That’s a lot of information to digest. It appears that Sony is going for affordable power if these details are anything to go by, but will it be powerful enough to survive in the future market?
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