Anonymous sources told VG247 today that new versions of the PlayStation 4 dev kits are being sent to developers. Codenamed “Orbis”, the PlayStation 4 has not been officially announced by Sony yet.
According to the sources, this second version of the dev kit–housed in a PC case–comes with Blu-Ray support. The previous version was little more than a graphics card, and they were sent out earlier this year.
The report also says that next updated version will arrive in January that will be closer to the final specs, and the final version will arrive in the summer. But what about those specs? VG247 states, “Orbis [...] is based on the AMD’s A10 APU series” which is a “combined CPU and GPU.”
The dev kits also have either 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM, and the goal is to “1080p60 games in 3D with ‘no problem.’” It will also come with a 256 GB hard drive “as standard.” Reportedly one of Sony’s aims to have players able to buy DLC mid-game and then seamlessly return back to the action.
More details about the gamepad are supposedly forthcoming later this month, and developers are claiming that the PlayStation 4 will be officially announced just before E3 2013. Of course, Sony doesn’t comment on “rumors and speculation” so make of all this what you will.