Sony’s next console could be called – or at least codenamed – Orbis and is set for a release in time for the 2013 holiday season, according to Kotaku.
The information comes from “a reliable” source, who told the site the console’s specs will consist of an AMD x64 CPU and an AMD Southern Islands GPU, which will apparently be capable of displaying games at a resolution of up to 4096×2160, and playing 3D games in 1080p.
The site was also told that the console won’t offer any backwards compatibility with PS3 games and – perhaps controversially – that it won’t play used games. Second hand players will have to pay an unlock fee to access the full game’s content.
The console’s games are expected to be available on Blu-ray disc as well as digitally and will likely be locked to a PSN account that requires players to be online to boot them up.
Select studios have reportedly been receiving PS4 dev kits since the beginning of the year, with more finalised units set to arrive towards the end of 2012.
Sony has yet to comment and some of the specs do seem a tad unbelievable, so file this one under ‘rumour’ for now.