Rumor: Playstation 4 dev kits distributed, more specs inside

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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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3 Comments on "Rumor: Playstation 4 dev kits distributed, more specs inside"

  1. Ernice Gilbert November 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm -

    I am so ready for next gen! So ready!

  2. TheGrimOfDeath November 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm -

    I am not ready, since my wallet is not ready.

  3. nick November 2, 2012 at 4:06 am -

    :(
    what happened to those outlandish cell 8K specs!
    i wish those were real, yea id be super expensive but come on this is playstation its suppose to knock us out of the water!
    those specs look like a ps3 on steroids, not a amazing new system!
    ps4 NEEDS 4K support, $ony has not gone through all the cost and development to not have their main platform support it!
    there actually showing off their 4K TV allot, i got a invite to go demo it this weekend along with their new home theater setups.
    ps4 NEEDS a cell CPU, at least twice the specs of the current model, a 6 series nvidia card, please for the love of god DONT GO ATI!
    8GB of XDR2 RAM, 8 is plenty especially if its XDR which is super duper fast, and freaking super duper duper expensive!
    maybe 8XDR for game use, and maybe 2GB for system use that way it will aid multitasking.
    PS4 NEEDS to be able to play a game, hit the PS button go to the playstation store buy some games, buy some DLC, download some demos, patch the game your playing, jump onto the net and surf for a hour, than go back to the game your playing.
    so dedicated system memory is a MUST!
    only other thing i really want to see is a SSD, or maybe a hybrid drive.
    but SSDs are pretty cheap now so no need for a hybrid.
    HDDs are FAR too slow for next gen use, its time we jumped forward to the much faster flash memory!
    no more optical drive either, their ridcliously expensive, generate so much heat, take up so much room, and due to moving parts are so unreliable.
    ps4 should have the same flash memory tech the vita uses, theres mini flash cards out there pretty cheap which can hold 150 GBs!
    and im sure $ony can push that tech further.
    but most importantly we NEED, and this is a 100% MUST have 7.1 true HD DTS surround sound!
    it staggers and disgusts me how few games these days that actually support 7.1, let alone DTS, let alone true HD!
    play any movie on a decent SS system, than play a game on said system.
    movies sound oh so much better its pathetic!
    thing thats disappointed me the most this gen by far!
    especially now that i got my new system at the start of the year i really started to notice how far behind games have drifted behind movies!

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