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RUMORS: PlayStation 4 is Code-Named ‘Orbis’ & Plans on Releasing By 2013 Holiday Season

Posted on March 29, 2012

Remember that rumor that went around claiming that Sony and Microsoft would be announcing their next-gen consoles at E3 this year? While that may or may not be the case for Microsoft, Sony confirmed that was not happening on their part either. Well, both Microsoft and Sony said that they were not planning on showing any new console at E3 this year. Kaz Hirai, who oversees Sony’s videogame and consumer electronics, even said that “[he's] always said a 10-year life cycle for PS3, and there is no reason to go away from that.” Well, now there's a rumor going around that the PlayStation 4 will be coming a little sooner than expected.

Kotaku has received word from a very reliable source that Sony is planning on releasing their new console by the 2013 holiday season. The publication has said that their source has shared this kind of leaked information before and was correct, so perhaps this rumor is true. Unfortunately, their reliable source isn't authorized to talk publicly, and even Sony has declined to comment on this, as their policy is never to comment on "rumors or speculation."

But let's speculate, shall we? If this is true, what should we be expecting from the new PlayStation? Well, according to the source, it has been given the name "Orbis," instead of the assumed PlayStation 4/PS4 title. I wouldn't be surprised if this ended up being the actual name, seeing how the PS Vita wasn't the PSP2.

What about performance? Well, the unknown source has said it would include a AMD x64 CPU and an AMD Southern Islands GPU. Games? Well, some developers have already received dev kits to work on some upcoming titles, which they got in the beginning of the year.

Now, here's some bad news. While the first batch of PS3 were able to play PS2 games, it doesn't look like Sony's new system will be able to have any backwards compatibility to its predecessor's games. Also, used games won't be able to work with the new console once it's been "locked." In other words, as soon as a consumer inserts the disc into the Orbis, it will be restricted to one specific PSN account, and can no longer be shared. While I can name a couple of issues this might cause, Sony is currently trying to figure out how to implement this system without faults.

Again, none of this speculation has been confirmed by Sony, so don't take anything as official news. Still, as Kotaku has said, their source has been right before, so who knows. I guess we'll have to wait for more info.

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