A “reliable” source has told Kotaku that the console will contain an AMD x64 CPU and an AMD Southern Islands GPU, which will be capable of displaying games at a resolution of 4096×2160 and will be able to play 3D games at 1080p.
Sony apparently doesn’t plan on offering backwards compatibility and the console will contain anti-used game technology. Games will be available on Blu-ray or digitally and will be locked to a PSN account requiring you to be online when you boot the game for the first time. Second-hand buyers will be asked to pay an unlock fee.
According to the source studios have been receiving development kits since the beginning of this year and are expected to receive more finalized units at the end of the year.
EGM’s TAKE: Of course as with all rumors take this with a pinch of salt. The fact that Sony isn’t going to offer backwards compatibility yet again is the most dubious of these rumors. We just don’t see Sony making that same mistake twice, they have a whole catalogue of PlayStation 3 games that would simply become abandoned. Unless they plan to offer some sort of digital distribution of back catalogue titles similar to the PlayStation 2 initiative they just started.
The specs sound about right, as Sony will want to make the console as future-proof as is possible to avoid it becoming obsolete before it even releases. The second-hand measures are simply the next logical step of online passes, publishers and developers are determined to stamp out used game sales and it appears that they may actual succeed one day.
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