I don’t know what sources Kotaku has or how those same sources manage to stay anonymous, but now Kotaku has reported a bunch of details about Sony’s PlayStation 4. Some details are to be expected (like the console’s specs and a release date of 2013), while others are downright scary.
To start, the next-gen system exists under the codename ‘Orbis’ which, when combined with the ‘Vita’ in PlayStation Vita and translated to English, comes to mean ‘The Circle of Life’ (cue Lion King music). I like the name Orbis as it doesn’t sound as dumb as Vita. In fact, I wouldn’t have much of a problem with the final product being called that. Kotaku even noted that ‘Orbis’ kinda sounds like ‘four’ but that seems like a bit of a stretch.
Anyway, the other fun stuff are the specs for the Orbis. Apparently, the system will have an AMD x64 CPU and an AMD Southern Islands GPU. Meaning that the new system could display games at a huge resolution of 4096×2160 or 3D games at 1080p. Nice.
Now…the bad stuff. Remember the rumors about how the next Xbox wouldn refuse to play Used Games? Well, the next PlayStation is said to do the same. Not cool. We’ve been over this with Used Games and ever opinion on the subject has been spoken. But the method that’s detailed about how it’ll distinguish between new and used games sounds horrifyingly plausible:
Games with be available on Blu-Ray disc or PSN downloads (that includes full games)
Discs will be locked to a single PSN account, can be saved to your hard drive or download it for free later. (Ugh!)
A constant internet connection is also required to play the game
Used game customers will be offered a trial of the game with the option to pay a fee to unlock the full game. Kinda like how demos for XBLA games work.
And things don’t end there either, the Orbis will not support backwards compatibility. Rendering all of your PS3 games useless if you trade in your PS3 to buy the Orbis. What the hell Sony? What do you have against backwards compatibility?
I cannot stress enough how much I hope that none of this is true; the cons outweigh the pros in this situation. I’d really like to think that Sony is smarter than this; and to a further extent, Microsoft too. But if this does end up being legit…god help us all then. Between no used games, backwards compatibility, the need for a constant internet connection and who knows what outrageous price Sony is going to set, I think the PlayStation 4/Orbis/whatever the hell you want to call it will be skipped over by me.
Hell, maybe I’ll become a PC player if the next gen of consoles goes sideways. Anyone with me?
Kyree didn't have an N64 or Dreamcast as a kid (so sad) and he doesn't remember finishing any of his PlayStation games, but skip to the PS2/GC/Xbox era and everything changed. He hasn't been outside to play tag in forever, but he can recall playing way too much Smash Bros. and even more Kingdom Hearts; seriously, he can recite lines from it. I think he may have a problem.
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