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Video: PlayStation 4 (PS4) Developer Kits Version 2 Surface at IGN


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118w ago - Following up on the previous rumor and PS4 (Orbis) details, IGN has shared some video footage and details on Version 2 of the PlayStation 4 (PS4) Developer Kits below.

According to their source, a new version 2 of the PlayStation 4 dev kit is currently being distributed to developers with the final version expected next year.

To quote from their page (linked above): Anonymous sources have reportedly told VG247 that new versions of the Orbis kit are winging their way to developers, replete with Blu-ray support and housed in the humble cases of normal PCs.

This is apparently the second iteration of the dev kit; the first, which appeared earlier this year, was in essence just a graphics card, while this version is now a "modified PC". The report asserts that the next update will come in January, when it'll be close to final specifications, with the ultimate version landing with devs next summer.

The shipping of the Orbis kit apparently follows a series of meetings held by Sony in the US this week, where the company explained what the machine was designed to do and how to get the most out of it. Interestingly, at these meetings it's been claimed that Sony didn't refer to the machine as "the PlayStation 4" at all, instead opting to use the "Orbis" title at all times.

The dev kits are apparently based on the AMD’s A10 APU series and come with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, as well as the Blu-ray drive already mentioned and a 256GB hard drive as standard. This is to ensure that the console will be able to run 1080p60 games in 3D.

The Orbis kits have both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, as well as HDMI out slots; so pretty much exactly what you'd expect to find on your current PlayStation 3. However, the big reported difference comes with the UI, which has been designed to be more fluid and allow extensive navigation anywhere on the system simply by pressing the PS button mid-game. This was demoed to the assembled masses by purchasing DLC from the PS Store without quitting the game.

No details were leaked about the system's controller. IGN reached out to Sony for comment, but were told the company "doesn't comment on rumor and speculation."






Video:  PlayStation 4 (PS4) Developer Kits Version 2 Surface at IGN

Video:  PlayStation 4 (PS4) Developer Kits Version 2 Surface at IGN

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#55 - BluRay - 117w ago
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Nintendo =/= Sony, as far as I know, It's easier to emulate GC and Wii games than PS2 and PS3, I'm incapable of getting technical on this though. Anyway, PS3 already did a poor job at emulating PS2, PS4 emulating PS3 would probably be crappy enough to make gamers cry out of frustration.

#54 - NTA - 117w ago
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The wii wasn't all the expensive and played gc games natively. Some people probably sell their previous consoles when something new and improved and has backwards compatiblity comes out. I heard some people with broken ps2s with warranties intact, used it to get a ps3 (i think)

#53 - BluRay - 117w ago
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I don't get why people want backward compatibility, It makes the console unnecessarily more expensive. The fat PS3 price was actually more expensive then slim PS3 + PS2 and a PS4 with BC would be more expensive then PS4 + PS3.

#52 - moja - 117w ago
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Lol, what is that last picture? Looks like a futuristic tape recorder and hand vacuum.

If this is indeed based off of an A10 APU, I hope they can at least pull better visuals at 1080p native since they don't have the overhead of a typical OS. I'd like to see PC get better ports.

#51 - Emiya Shirou - 117w ago
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none of this looks real, I thought the name of the PS4 would be orbis, then why do all of them have the 4? I don't see orbis anywhere.

#50 - tilla - 117w ago
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Can I just say the fan concept arts are always outlandishly bad or unrealistic? Not even really worth posting.

#49 - azoreseuropa - 117w ago
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Since it is not backward compatibility PS3 for PS4 anyway. I wont buy it until there are games that I really want to play at first. Right now, I am fine with PS3 and Wii and soon to be Wii U (Problem is I am watching for 3rd party at least 2 years from now to be safe for my money sake. I dont want to waste my money to their profits for nothing.)

#48 - shummyr - 117w ago
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Get a used slim for 150-200 bucks

#47 - SwordOfWar - 118w ago
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My PS3 died a few weeks ago (YLoD) and instead of blowing my money on a new system I can't hack, or paying Sony 150$ for a refurbished unit that is likely to fail again within months, I think I'll hold it out on PC and wait for the Playstation Orbis to hit.

It's a little late in the game to invest a lot of money on a new PS3 system.

#46 - PS4 News - 118w ago
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Cheers for the video update oVERSoLDiER and +Rep! I was gonna add it to the previous article as it's from last month, but we never did an article on the PS4 Dev Kit Version 2 so I decided to do a new one on it.

Looking forward to PlayStation 4, soon we will have to open a forum section dedicated for PS4 news.. well, early next year anyway!

 

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