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Monday, April 2, 2012

Have PlayStation 4 Details Emerged?

Rumors of backwards compatibility and used-games hit the net.

Coded Named: Orbis?



Kotaku posted a story containing alleged details on Sony's next home console, the PlayStation 4. Kotaku claims that the details of the story "come from a reliable source who is not authorized to talk publically about next-gen hardware but has shared correct information with [the publication] before." According to this source, the next PlayStation is codenamed Orbis and will launch in the 2013 holiday season.

Kotaku notes that the predicted specs of the Orbis currently include an AMD x64 CPU and AMD Southern Islands GPU. The source told Kotaku that "select developers" have already received dev kits at the beginning of the year and revised kits arrived around the time of the Game Developers Conference earlier this month.

Furthermore, according to Kotaku's source, Orbis will not feature backwards compatibility with PlayStation 3 games and will incorporate some sort of used-games restriction. Apparently, once a consumer inserts a Blu-ray disc into Orbis it must be tied to a PSN account and can no longer be shared. The data can be installed onto the system and flagged as "downloaded" from the PSN so it can be re-downloaded for future use. Sources are "unclear" as to how the disc functions following this, though one possibility is that the disc can allow consumers to access trial content before purchasing the full game on their console.

As for all the speculation about this so called PS4 we wont know for sure till E3 this year or next year when Microsoft unveils its speculative Xbox 720 console. But anyone remembers those old rumors about the so-called Xbox 720 lockdown for used games? And the fact that games would not be able to be sold or shared, well either this is all false or one or both consoles might implement this feature for the future of publishers.  Who knows but dark days would be for the console that does, if all three console makers decide to do this this will certainly become a whole new era for gaming, sharing, or trades/selling of used games which will indeed kill a used game market. And all about the No Backwards Compatibility on the new consoles can result in the death of used game sales and most of the sellers that sell them, meaning if resold on the new platform having to buy the game again which has its pros and also cons.  What Do You Think?

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