While Sony has insisted that they’re not going to reveal a new console at this year’s E3, Kotaku learned some potential details about the PS4 from a “reliable source.”
Hit the jump to read the rumors about Sony’s next-gen hardware.
All of these are just rumors for now, but Kotaku insists that this source is reliable and “has shared correct information with [Kotaku] before.” According to this source, the new console will aim for a late 2013 release and will be called the Playstation Orbis. This could be a code name or the final name, and when combined with Sony’s new handheld you get Orbis Vita which roughly means “orb of life” in Latin.
The source also states that some “secret developers” already have their hands on them, and the machine’s current specs include AMD x64 CPU and an AMD Southern Islands GPU. According to these rumors, it sounds like Sony is moving away from their Cell processors.
Finally, the most interesting and potentially inciting bit is the fact that the Orbis won’t be backwards compatible with PS3 games, and it will include measures to prevent gamers from playing used games. The source says that new games (available either on Blu-Ray or digitally via PSN) will be locked to the user’s PSN account. Of course to counter people from getting around this by playing games offline “you’ll need to have a PSN account and be online to even get the thing started.” Gamers buying games secondhand 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.”
These are just rumors for the moment, but if they turn out to be true, I can’t imagine gamers being happy with some of these features (or non-features).