PS4 leak brings rumours of specs, controllers and multi-user logins
- Posted January 24th, 2013 at 05:14 EDT by Steven Williamson
- 9 Comments
An avalanche of information claiming to relate to the PlayStation 4, codenamed Orbis, has apparently been gathered by Kotaku, shedding light on details such as technical specifications and controller design.
Kotaku claims it had access to 90 PDFs containing official Orbis documentation. We’re not going to delve right into what could or what couldn’t be true at this point as we’ve heard enough rumours to last us a life-time, but some of the information presented is certainly worth a look.
Though these specifications could change for the final PS4 model - certainly the size of the HDD- here is what Kotaku claims is inside the latest PS4 development kits.
PS4 development kit specs
System Memory: 8GB
Video Memory: 2.2 GB
CPU: 4x Dual-Core AMD64 "Bulldozer" (so, 8x cores)
GPU: AMD R10xx
Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 2x Ethernet
Audio Output: HDMI & Optical, 2.0, 5.1 & 7.1 channels
Following the news last week that Sony may be ditching the iconic design of the Dualshock controller for its next-gen console, Kotaku claims otherwise stating that dev kits currently support the Sixaxis and DualShock 3 controllers. However, they do claim they’ll be two new controllers. Currently named the Orbis Development Tool, one controller will apparently feature motion-sensing and a capacitive touchpad, like the back of PlayStation Vita, as well as a ‘Share’ button. The other input device will be a redesigned Move controller.
One of the most interesting things that Kotaku pulls out of the document is that users will be able to activate “multi-user simultaneous logins” allowing them to access a different account with multiple control pads. For example, users could play a local multiplayer game with four different controllers and four different accounts on one console, allowing each player to unlock the trophies for that game.
We’d take all of this with a hefty pinch of salt of course. Considering Kotaku has apparently seen 90 pages of PDFs relating to Orbis this is all the information they’ve spilled on it. Nonetheless, we like the sound of the new controller and the ability to log-in with multiple accounts so let’s hope some of this is true. With any luck it won’t be too long now before we find out the complete lowdown on the PS4 which is widely expected to be revealed at E3 in June.
Syphon_Filter | Syphon_Filter2
- 5:17am EST - January 24th, 2013
Iam so tired of hearing these stories everday. For God holy name, just Sony tell everyone about PS4 and thats alll.
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 5:53am EST - January 24th, 2013
You know, its funny that these rumors popped out, when yesterday rumors came out on CNET that the next xbox might sport a 8 core cpu in it and a blu-ray drive. Anyways, I do hope Sony sticks to a blu-ray drive for their next console, it would be a wise move, and cheep too. =)
By the way, isn't a touchpad on the back of the Vita, not a touchscreen? O_o
- 11:22am EST - January 24th, 2013
No its not a screen. A screen is another word for a display.
raremew | raremew
- 3:25pm EST - January 24th, 2013
- 4:18pm EST - January 24th, 2013
@1 Tell everyone about it ahead of E3? You are a genius!
You are a damn moron.
@2 Really, what do you think the chances of SONY not using a BLU-RAY drive are? Come on... A current drive should sure load things pretty quick - yay! :)
On topic: I'm hoping the RAM won't get slashed by more than half for the actual consoles. 4GB-6GB for system RAM and 1.5GB-2GB for the GPU would be lovely. Though, considering what is done with only 256/256, even 2 and 1 would be pretty beefy(for 720p gaming, anyways). Hoping former will be true, as I'd like to see games run at mostly 1080p, and for the system to have better legs.
jamesobachand | snake2112
- 5:45pm EST - January 24th, 2013
160 GB seams small. When are consoles be at least a TB of memory? Especially with game consoles wanting us to purchase (download) games from online instead of disks.
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 7:09pm EST - January 24th, 2013
@5- Early rumors have reported that Sony might be working on a new disk format for the PS4, the HVD (Holographic Versatile Disc). That rumor hasn't been heard of since 2010 though. So I don't think Sony is going that direction, because prices would skyrocket, and Sony hasn't come close to using up the storage capacity of the Blu-ray disc. Thats why I made that comment, because sometimes you don't know what card Sony will pull out of their sleeve when the time comes. =)
- 9:47pm EST - January 24th, 2013
@6 Agreed. Sony is pushing a lot of digital content, and even more now with their "Day One Digital" thing or whatever it's called.
If there's a lot of digital content for the PS3, just think how much more will be available for the PS4. I can't see it releasing with less than 250GB.
- 9:31am EST - January 25th, 2013
RAM is not to be perceived as it was before : in 2007 the games looked as good as most PC games with 4 times less on consoles ; on Windows 7 with 6Gb RAM playing Guild wars on near max settings the game is comparable to Skyrim on consoles, only few games on tope end PCs really make the difference
funny thing is at E3 Sony and M$ will present games but won't say anything of the specs until months later
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