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PlayStation 4 specs, UI details reported

Work on PlayStation 4--codenamed Orbis--is moving forward and more advanced kits are hitting developers, according to reports. VG247 says it spoke with several anonymous sources about the development kits and internals we'll see in the final version of the console.

VG247's source said Sony plans to make the system "very affordable," while not being a "slouch" when it comes to graphics. Sony's goal is allegedly to run 1080p games in 3D at 60 frames per second with no issues. It will accomplish this with a derivative of AMD's A10 accelerated processing unit series (an APU is a combination of a graphics card and CPU.)

The system will supposedly have a Blu-Ray drive, 256 GB of storage (it's not clear whether this would be on an HDD or SSD, but cost concerns make an SSD unlikely), and have the same inputs and outputs as the PlayStation 3. The dev kits are said to have 8 or 16 GB of RAM, though this may not translate directly over to consoles.

The source said the system's interface has been overhauled to be as fluid as possible, allowing much greater access from within a game--for example: pausing, downloading some DLC from the PlayStation Store, then jumping back into the play session. Orbis is designed to remain in standby mode when not in use, and to download system and product updates in the background by default.

The current dev kits were said to be modified computers, with a near-final version coming in January ,and a final edition next summer. The source said Sony plans to unveil Orbis at an event just before next year's E3.

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23 comments

  • amagasakiseb - November 26, 2012 8:12 p.m.

    Having a super duper powerful console isn't as great as you might think. Remember how people kept going on about how the PS3 is technically much more powerful than the 360? (let's not even talk about the Wii.) It ended up not making much of a difference because developers had such a hard time working out how to harness all that supposedly untapped power. If either one of them comes out with another stupidly powerful console we might be back to square one!
  • mentalityljs - November 26, 2012 4:21 p.m.

    All depends on the APU caches and quality of the northbridge to avoid latency issues. If the northbridge is shit it won't matter how much RAM it has. More doesn't always mean better in this case. I feared the reality of them deciding on an APU for the build, but realistically, the lack of a seperate video card would allow a little extra room for proper cooling this time around, and thats a plus.
  • moakie - November 5, 2012 2:30 a.m.

    Well if the APU is sharing the RAM with the main system RAM, which we would assume it is in this case, then 16GB would be very useful for spooling textures etc and local caching whilst the game is running. Would make graphic updates a lot more fluid, especially if coupled with an SSD. However, we have to hope that a faster Blu-ray drive is included, it's just too damn slow at the moment and won't hold up in the future.
  • amagasakiseb - November 4, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    If the next generation playstation ships with a built-in blu ray drive, wouldn't that make it the first generation of playstation not to have included a brand new media format? PS1 - CD drive , PS2 DVD Drive. PS3 Blu Ray Drive.. PS4.. Blu... ray... drive? im not complaining because it seems like the storage on blu ray is more than enough for the time being. Just an interesting observation!
  • Longnuts - November 6, 2012 6:03 a.m.

    Interesting indeed!
  • Godzillarex - November 4, 2012 1:51 a.m.

    Release date and specs aside, I really hope it doesn't end up being called Orbis, or some other silly nonsensical name. They have a good numbering system going, just stick with it.
  • Balaska - November 3, 2012 8:23 a.m.

    Ram is irrelevant if the bus speed is slow. Better to have 4 gb running at a blistering speed than 16 gb running slow. Any "new" console will hold back the PC, considering the fact the instant you buy a brand new just released GPU there is a new one announced that is better. A console is static, the best specs in the world won't allow it to keep up.
  • CUFCfan616 - November 3, 2012 1:38 a.m.

    Considering PC games don't use anywhere near 8GB or RAM, I don't see the point. This 'APU' is the important factor. DX11 capable it has to be, not only to provide the best games on the PS4, but also not to hold back PC games as they currently are. And hopefully the blu ray drive will be quicker than 2X speed.
  • Travia220 - November 3, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    DX11 will hold back PC Gaming when DX12 is released. Especially if DX12 is a big enough leap in technology. Until the day Consoles die off or aren't the main focus of developers we will always get shafted by consoles.
  • sbisset - November 4, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    Considering the original Xbox was called the "Direct-Xbox" in development, the news that microsoft may be delaying their launch of the "720/Durango" might be tactical, not actually due to technical problems. If Sony put together a console designed around DX11, only for Microsoft to release DX12 with it natively enabled on their new console, they could potentially kill any competition. Saying that, im getting a Wii U at launch. Graphics arent everything. Bring back the days when gaming was actually fun, not just overblown storylines, top end graphics and annoying voice acting to cover up for poor gameplay.
  • sirdilznik - November 3, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    All AMD APUs, whether this gen or last, are DX11/OpenGL4.X capable. Last gen APUs are from the Radeon HD6xxx line, this gen are from the Radeon HD7xxx line. They have all the same capabilities of their discrete counterparts but with a bit less horsepower under the hood, though with the advantage of almost entirely eliminated latency since the CPU and GPU reside on the same die and use the same memory.
  • RonnyLive19881 - November 2, 2012 7 p.m.

    Snore... I may get one after it drops down to affordable Black Friday prices like I did the PS3... it was a good move, I bought all the worth while games at used prices and the only new game I bought was Uncharted 3 Lol Oddly enough... MW2's community was actually quite nice at the time... haven't check to see if it is still played in a while.
  • taokaka - November 2, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    Balderdash, "affordable" is not in Sony's vocabulary instead they'll probably be pushing 4k resolution support
  • Travia220 - November 3, 2012 12:58 a.m.

    If the rumours are true this machine couldn't do 4k Resolution. Not with the A10 APU in there. It's far to weak. I doubt it would be able to effectively do 4k Video Playback.
  • kazimierz3000 - November 2, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    An SSD would be amazing, plausible as well since they have come down in price significantly.
  • GrandmaSlayer - November 2, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    blu-ray players better be cheap by then... i don't want to be paying an extra €150 or so
  • JarkayColt - November 2, 2012 2:09 p.m.

    Well, the time certainly seems about right for info like this to be emerging. I really do hope we have some more concrete details by the time the next E3 rolls around. Similarly, it sounds odd that they might reveal the console beforehand. I hope that means they intend to use the conference to focus on other things, like the games. Also, the "affordable" descriptor didn't surprise me, what with Sony needing to cut costs whilst also learning from the mistake of the PS3 launch price. It'll be interesting to see how it and the NextBox are priced compared to the WiiU, which'll have had a fair amount of time on the market by then. Not sure they really need to bother with the 3D if I'm honest though.
  • CrashmanX - November 2, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    16GB of RAM would be the best option. That'd give games PLENTY of room to grow in the years to come without having to worry about PC taking leaps and bounds away again. Also I hope the GPU/CPU can really compete with tomorrow's hardware. While it may be up to par for today's gear, it's going to need to last for years to come. And with the current GPU market being the way it is, upgrades are gonna be coming fast and hard.
  • Travia220 - November 3, 2012 1 a.m.

    You could put 50GB of Ram in it. It's not the most important part of the specs on this. It's the APU which isn't exactly that great. This will be it's major bottle neck and will put it behind PC's the day the system launches. In the end to keep up with current gen PC's the PS4 would be stupidly expensive to sell.
  • KA87 - November 2, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    This sounds good, I wonder what gaming titles they are planning to release with it when it comes out. I am betting KZ4 will be one of them.

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