Anonymous sources have reportedly told VG247 that new dev kit versions for the Orbis console are being distributed, with Blu-ray support and inside regular PC cases.
The first dev kit, which appeared earlier this year, was almost just a graphics card, while this version is now a “modified PC”. The report asserts that the next dev kits will come in January, when it’ll be close to final specifications, with the ultimate version landing to devs next summer.
During a series of meetings held by Sony in the US this week, the company explained what the machine is intended to do and how to get the most out of it. At all of these meetings, none referred to it as “Playstation 4″, rather sticking to its reported codename, “Orbis”.
These kits are based on the AMD’s A10 APU series, and come with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, a Blu-ray drive and a 256GB HDD by default. All this ensures the console will be able to run 1080p60 games in 3D.the console will be able to run 1080p60 games in 3D.
Also, the new kits were reported to have both wi-fi and ethernet connectivity, as well as HDMI out slots, what’s standard for a Playstation 3. But the user interface has been redesigned from the ground up, to allow for extensive navigation everywhere simply by pressing the PS button when playing a game. A demonstration also showcased the ability to buy DLC from the PS Store without having to quit out of the game.
The extensive use of the Orbis name might also point to special connections with the Vita; meaning Circle and Life, respectively.
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