Sony has always offered some of the most innovative products, and its video games have been amongst the best without a doubt. Now you have a new video game console from Sony to look forward to, the PlayStation 4. The console’s name will most likely be titled the PS Orbis and will be released somewhere near the holiday season of 2013. By obtaining information from a key informant, some specifications of this video game console have already been released. However, the timing of Sony’s launch isn’t official, and so the chance of a change in announcement is always there.
The PS Orbis will be built around AMD Southern Islands GPU and AMDx64 CPU. AMD Southern Islands GPU is a name given to many of high-end PC cards of AMD 2012. The GPU of PlayStation Orbis will be able to display the games with a resolution of about 4096×2160 pixels which just so happens to be more than what is required by typical HDTV sets. Playing 3D games in 1080p will also be possible.
Sony’s present day PlayStation console contains a chip that allows users to play older PS2 game titles. Unfortunately, PlayStation 4’s backwards compatibility feature has been completely ignored (so it seems at the moment) and focuses purely on future-generation titles. For those who love playing their PS3 games, you may want to just sit tight until the issue gets clarified in more detail, as the PS Orbis will not allow you to play them. This is Sony and Microsoft’s attempt to do away with the second hand video game market. Also note that there will be no resale value for any PS4 games, as it is said that it will not be tied to the Sony Entertainment Network. PlayStation 4 will have a 32nm Cell processor with about 16 SPE, which is double of what PlayStation 3 has. There are chances of a great partnership with Google.
PS Orbis will also come equipped with a downloadable Blu-Ray function which can make things difficult for some. Digital distribution is definitely a step forward, though it cannot be denied, not all users of this gaming console will have access to speedy broadband connections. To play the new games you will have two options, a PSN download or the Blu-Ray disc. If you opt to buy the disk, then there is a PSN account in which it needs to be locked, and only then can you play the game, save it to your HDD, or attach it as downloaded in the account history. Though the Orbis is yet to be released, and no one has probably even had a glimpse of it, fan-made images of this new console are already being posted on the internet.
If it looks like the images posted, then undoubtedly it looks great and immensely attractive. Not that the earlier models didn’t look nice, just that with greater development, this looks even better. As already mentioned the release date is said to be around the holiday season of 2013, most likely during Christmas. Sony will get its PlayStation 4 released before Microsoft’s Xbox 720 launch. Earlier, Microsoft 360 got launched a year prior to PS3, and this gave it an enormous start. People already had bought it before even getting a glimpse of PS3. It’s natural to believe that this time Sony will take no such risks. Whether the name PlayStation Orbis is just a nickname, or the real name, is yet to be discovered, but one thing is for sure, the new PS Orbis will definitely take the gaming world a step ahead of anything we’ve ever seen before.