Ok so if you haven’t read or heard any of the new rumours regarding the details of the new PlayStation 4 or Orbis. Yes you read that right, it looks like Sony will be dropping or ending the PlayStation trilogy by naming the next one Orbis, which is the latin word for Circle. This could also be the code word for the development stage of the console, but if we look at the PS Vita which means Life, then we get Circle of Life. This could be a planned move by Sony to join the two devices, maybe?
Here are some point form details of the next console.
- AMD x64 CPU
- AMD Southern Islands GPU
- Orbis games at a resolution of up to 4096×2160
- 3D games at 1080p where current PS3 can only do 720p
- Not backward compatibility with PS3 games
- Cannot play used games as they will be locked to a PSN account
- Internet access required to play any game
- Holiday release in 2013
- Won’t be at E3 this year, or it might?
Ok So from the list above what can we say, well the good news is the scary resolution of the games and possible movies at that same resolution and that it may be released next year. Other than that the rest is bad news, no PS3 backwards compatibility is just stupid, requiring the activate or have an internet connection just to play a game is taking away the soul of what a console is all about.
I don’t know about you but I still think the current consoles are great and still they still feel fairly new in their life spans. Remember that Sony said that the PS3 is expected to have a decade lifespan and we are only roughly halfway through that. I still believe that the developers can still do so much more with the system that if they release a new system and dev kits that we will never see the true potential of the PS3, as we did with the PS2 just look at God of War 2.
If you would like to read a little more about these rumours and where the information comes from then head over to the guys that perhaps started all this at Kotaku.
Anyway let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below.