While it seems we are a ways away from an official announcement regarding a new PlayStation console, Kotaku allegedly got their grimy hands on some details.
- The next console, at least now is called Orbis, which could mean some sort of connection to the recently released PS Vita. In Latin, Orbis refers to circle, and in conjunction with the PS Vita could mean “circle of life” or some sort of full connected and unified device.
- While there’s not a specific list of specifications quite yet, the device is rumored to have a MD x64 CPU, and a AMD Southern Islands GPU which is comparable to a high end PC. The PS4’s GPU in particular, will be capable of displaying Orbis games at a resolution of up to 4096×2160, which is far in excess of the needs of most current HDTV sets; according to Kotaku.
- This is where things get worse. The device will not be able to play PlayStation 3 games. Given the huge amount of backlash against this lacked featured on the PlayStation 3 it seems rather asinine not to include it.
- Quite possibly the worst rumor associated with this news is the fact that the device will have an anti-used game mechanism. This is allegedly how it’s currently shaping up: new games for the system will be available one of two ways, either on a Blu-Ray disc or as a PSN download (yes, even full retail titles). If you buy the disc, it must be locked to a single PSN account, after which you can play the game, save the whole thing to your HDD, or peg it as “downloaded” in your account history and be free to download it at a later date. If you thought that’s bad it gets much worse. In order to get any of this started you’ll be required to have an internet connection, gross. Rumor has it that if you buy the game used you’ll be required to pay an extra fee to obtain the actual game; no thanks.
While some of these features seemed nice to begin with, the rumor behind a lack of backwards compatibility and restrictions on used games makes this device dead in the water if it comes out. Consumers are already paying the price with used prices and this would be the proverbial kick to the groin; just look at the issues that haunt the PC field because of intrusive DRM. The thing that is really disheartening is that someone thinks this is a good idea.
The device is also rumored to be released during the holiday season of 2013. Perhaps that means an announcement at this year’s E3?
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