Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Source – These Are The True Specs Of PS4 (Backwards Compatible, 10GB Ram)

Source – These Are The True Specs Of PS4 (Backwards Compatible, 10GB Ram)

A European source has laid hands on the stat sheet of PlayStation 4, and if what’s listed on said sheet rings true, PS4 will be the machine gamers have been dreaming about.

The last time supposed specs of PS4 was leaked, many questioned whether Sony’s strategy was a viable one, especially since the rumor claimed PS4 wouldn’t play PS3 games, and would include some kind of used game-blocking technology.

These specs, if you choose to believe them, are what will be under the hood of PS4:

– An “advanced Cell processor” equipped with “10GB of working memory.”

– Max 2D resolution to be 3840 x 2160; max 3D resolution to be 1080p.

– Two custom Nvidia graphics chips provide “video display and plenty of power.”

– Backwards compatibility is included: “The aim is older PS discs without problems.”

The stat sheet even includes a release window, pinning the console down for a Q4 2013 release.

Previously:

Back in late March, Kotaku said it’d gotten much of PS4′s internals from a trusted source, here’s what it said:

It’s codename Orbis, and a reveal could be just months away, however a 2013 holiday release is already in order.

According to Kotaku, “the details in this story come from a reliable source who is not authorized to talk publicly about next-gen hardware but has shared correct information with us before.”

Meanwhile, when reached for comment, a Sony spokesperson told the site the firm does not comment on rumor and speculation.

Orbis

In Latin, the word Orbis means circle, or ring, or even orbit – not nothing to grab clues from, but like Kotaku pointed out, considering that PS Vita was also derived from Latin, literally meaning “Life”, Orbis isn’t too far fetched. I personally like the sound of it.

Combine circle and life, you get the circle of life. Maybe, just maybe, PS Vita is an integral part of PS4 Orbis.

Infact, if you visit orbis.scedev.net, you’ll see this PlayStation screen:

Specs

– AMD x64 CPU

AMD Southern Islands GPU

According to the source, “the PS4′s GPU in particular will be capable of displaying Orbis games at a resolution of up to 4096×2160, which is far in excess of the needs of most current HDTV sets. It’ll also be capable of playing 3D games in 1080p (the PS3 could only safely manage 3D at 720p).”

2013

“Select” developers have been receiving developer kits since the beginning of 2012, and revised and improved versions were given at GDC, and finalized betas will be sent our at the end of this year.

That being the case, developers should have ample time to get ready their games for a holiday 2013 release, (sometime in November, just like PS3 back in 2006). It will also be the PS3′s seventh year on the market.

Won’t Run PS3 Games

Orbis won’t be able to play PS3 games, says the Kotaku source, and Sony has no plans to make the console backwards compatible on already available PS3 games, either.

Used Games Are Dead On Orbis’ Arrival

Many sources have informed Kotaku that Orbis will have some kind of used games-blocking feature. Here’s how the main source says it’ll work:

“New games for the system will be available one of two ways, either on a Blu-Ray disc or as a PSN download (yes, even full retail titles). If you buy the disc, it must be locked to a single PSN account, after which you can play the game, save the whole thing to your HDD, or peg it as “downloaded” in your account history and be free to download it at a later date.”

You’ll also need to be online to even start up the games, so PSN account and internet access are paramount.

“If you then decide to trade that disc in, the pre-owned customer picking it up will be limited in what they can do.”

It’s not clear how exactly things will work for the person buying the used games, what features they’ll be locked out of, and what will be made available, but according to the source, “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.”

Earlier in the week, Epic Games said it had seen the specs of both PS3 and 360, and concluded that the consoles weren’t ready for primetime.

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  • linglingjr

    AHAHAHAHAHA consoles will NEVER beat PCs lol. hmmm and i dont really like the official name being orbis, at release people saying “oh yeah i got a playstation orbis” ps4 just sounds a lot better IMO.

    I do really look forward sitting back and watching all the drama that will come with these consoles, people waiting in lines all the big announcements ect…

  • nick

    sheet lists 1 GPU not two.
    OMFG this is the biggest load of crap ive ever seen!
    seriously, 10GBs of RAM!?
    10!?
    freaking 6 thousand dollar PCs dont even come with 10GBs of RAM!
    and thats the cheap DDR3 RAM, XDR costs 3 times as much as DDR3 does!
    10GB of DDR3 RAM would cost more in just the RAM itself than my WHOLE FREAKING PC!

    how much is the orbis going to be?
    why the hell would you release 10GBs of RAM, such a high end processor, a high end GPUs, but than only supply a 250 or 320GB HDD?
    games these days at 720P end up taking 7 GBs of HDD space imagine how much space a 2160P game would take!
    BS on 4 fronts.
    1 you would not go that crazy on specs than couple it with such a crappy storage medium.
    plus HDDs are dead!
    ps4 will come with a SSD, or at least a hybrid HDDs are dead in the water!
    2 those specs are ridiculous!
    you could not put together a PC with those types of specs now money no object!
    let alone in a years time when its suppose to release!
    let alone for the price it would need to be, unless $ony is stupid enough to charge more for this than they did ps3.
    3 there are no 2160P TVs!
    next set of TVs are 4K TVs.
    the worlds first 4K TV was demonstrated at CES early this year and said they would not be ready for consumers for at least another 2 years!
    there are no TVs that can support 2160P releasing at the end of next year, so were suppose to believe $ony will release the ps4 with capabilities no one can use are we?
    plus why put together a new console thats suppose to last for at least 5 years and not support 4K resolutions?
    2160P is half selling it!
    4 those specs would be able to do SO much more than 2160P!
    there underselling themselves if that really was the specs they would be able to push it allot further than 2160P!
    im sorry but this is the silliest thing i have ever heard!
    id be more believable if they were to say $ony, M$, ninty and apple were joining forces to create the worlds best console!

  • http://www.gamesthirst.com Ernice Gilbert

    I like your last line. LOL :D

  • Dean Kent

    just gonna put my opinion in here.
    Looking at the news thats gathering. I think Sony are gonna throw a curveball i at E3 announcing an agreement with Onlive or Gaikai to use there infrastructure to facilatate Cloud gaming/storage of games during the next generation of consoles.

    seeing as Sony have shown a willing to take a hit on Hardware costs to make sure there consoles are in peoples homes. High specs wouldn’t shock me as we have seen future proofing your console prolongs it’s shelf
    life.

    I personally dont think these specs are on the level. But i also dont think the next generation is gonna be as mundane as it is being made out to be

  • http://www.gamesthirst.com Ernice Gilbert

    @Dean: I’m working on a piece that’s predicting exactly that.

    It’s almost complete. I think I’ll send it live tomorrow.

  • nick

    im not so sure they can afford to.
    $ony has always sold their hardware at a loss, but than $onys stock has never been this low!
    the company has not been profitable for over 4 years!
    i just cant see them turning around to that and spending like its someone else money!