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129w 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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#35 - CREEPSHOW - 131w ago
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i will not get the ps4 till the price drops down on it i will stick with my ps3

#34 - Mohnews - 131w ago
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*Used games are not readily run on the PS4.!!!

because of that point, my ps3 will be the last road. I'll switch to next XBOX.

#33 - kingtetheruler - 131w ago
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Can't wait to see it

#32 - Yagamiar - 131w ago
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In Argentina, Orbis is a boiler'ss and oven's brand.

#31 - sorg - 131w ago
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Actually, i don't see the point of BC with PS3. It only makes console too complicated and stop progress because you cannot change architecture much without losing BC. You can continue to use PS3 for PS3 games at the same time as PS4 for newer games.

It's simply impossible to emulate Cell CPU on x86 CPU in real time. Putting Cell CPU as second to x86 is lame too because to much heat and high price. At the end, PS3 didn't die without PS2 BC. Most likely, very popular PS3 games will be re-released for PS4.

#30 - dsavage - 131w ago
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lol at no bc with ps3. gotta love how much sony has changed on the whole bc front... before they were all for it, now they could care less about it.

ps death is such an ironic name... with all these restrictions and no bc it just could be the death of the playstation brand.

#29 - kalberto - 131w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by boxbundy View Post
Games need to be registered to PlayStation Network account???

what if you don't have an internet connection? surely sony can't do this. playstation death is the appropriate title for it if they do. I wouldn't buy one if this is the case for 100% sure and certain.

You can ask the store to register your games.

#28 - HeyManHRU - 131w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by NTA View Post
7. The PS4 will not be backwards compatible with PS3 games.
8. Games need to be registered to PlayStation Network account

At least wii u has bc for wii games

These two "facts" annoy me the most, especially the first one.

#27 - tilla - 131w ago
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These don't really sounds that reliable and seem to contradict things we've already heard (like the hard drive space)

#26 - boxbundy - 131w ago
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Games need to be registered to PlayStation Network account???

what if you don't have an internet connection? surely sony can't do this. playstation death is the appropriate title for it if they do. I wouldn't buy one if this is the case for 100% sure and certain.