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Rumor: PlayStation 4 (PS4) Developer Kits Shipping, AMD A10 Based


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103w ago - Following up on the previous PlayStation 4 rumors, today VG247 (linked above) reports that Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4) developer kits are now shipping and utilize the AMD A10 series as a base.

Below are the details, to quote: "Developers are currently taking receipt of a new PlayStation 4 dev kit, VG247 has been told today, with a final version slated to appear in January. Yes, it'll have Blu-ray. No, it isn't being made in Japan.

Multiple sources have confirmed to VG247 today that a new version of the Orbis kit is now shipping to developers, and that it's housed in a normal PC case.

There are to be four versions of the dev kit, we were told. A previous version was essentially just a graphics card. The version shipping now is a "modified PC," and the third version, appearing in January, will be close to final spec. A final version will be delivered to developers "next summer".

Some US developers attended a "disclosure meeting" at Sony's offices this week, with a further meeting to take place in the coming weeks. The purpose of the meeting is for Sony to tell studios what the machine is designed to do, to detail hardware and to show a set of presentations.

Our source told us that Sony is only calling the machine Orbis, and is not using the words "PlayStation 4″ in these meetings at all.

Orbis, we were told today, is based on the AMD's A10 APU series. An APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) is a combined CPU and GPU.

PS4′s APU was described today as a "derivative" of existing A10 hardware. The hardware is "based on A10 system and base platform".

The "ultimate goal" for the hardware, we were told, is for it to be able to run 1080p60 games in 3D with "no problem," to create a machine that's powerful enough for "today and tomorrow's market".

The dev kits have "either 8Gb or 16Gb of RAM. Deduce from that what you will." The hardware is not being made in Japan, it was said.

When asked if PS4 will have an optical drive, specifically Blu-ray, our source responded: "Of course it has." We've been told the hard drive will be 256Gb "as standard," but it's not clear if it'll be a normal HDD or a solid state drive.

We were told that Sony's aim with Orbis is to avoid problems involved in launching PS3 by creating something "very affordable" but that "isn't a slouch".

The machine has WiFi and Ethernet connectivity and HDMI out. Our source said the was "no difference" between PlayStation 3 and Orbis input/output.

The UI, however, has been revamped. It was said today that players will now be able to press the PS button mid-game and travel "anywhere" on the system. An example given was buying DLC from the PS Store mid-game then seamlessly returning to play.

"They're trying to make it as fluid as possible," our source said.

We were also told that the machine will be designed to accept system and product updates in the background, and that it'll "always be in standby mode". When you set the console up, we were told, you'll be asked if you want to allow background downloads. You can, of course, disallow them.

No details have been given on the pad as yet. Confirmation is expected this month. Orbis is expected to be announced at an event "just before E3″ next year."




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#45 - oVERSoLDiER - 98w 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 [Register or Login to view links] 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."







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chrrox's Avatar
#44 - chrrox - 99w ago
x86 / x64 would not be bad. makes it very easy to develop for the console and cheaper so games can be experimented with more to get new ip's. xbox was x86 and i dont see those games on pc so i think its safe.

orangeworx's Avatar
#43 - orangeworx - 99w ago
I agree big time but i can only imagine how f'ed up it would be for them if they get into x86/x64 architecture... i'll list a couple pros and cons that come to mind

Pros
- much bigger developer base, despite the obnoxious architecture switches means more games/apps = more money
- cheaper to build = more money

Cons
- absolutely no control, you'd be able to drop PS4OS on practically any x86 platform... exactly like hackintoshes = less money

obviously, this tactic would mean more money to try to maintain control, like suing players and banninb campaigns and other BS
my 2 cents

feel free to add more lol

SuperSaiyen's Avatar
#42 - SuperSaiyen - 99w ago
$sony just don't get it. So focused on lock down control, and not their users. No interest in PS4 or a Wii U, can't believe my only hope is Msoft now? Maybe time to get my 1st xbox if they dont do the same Sony power trip.

Reborn's Avatar
#41 - Reborn - 100w ago
crap console, that is if these specs are true. And no used games means I wont buy it because I only buy used games for consoles unless they are on sale and cheap. Also I hate online gaming in any form. I find it boring as hell. This possible console sounds like a complete waste of money and time. I also dislike the move controller.

I prefer a keyboard and mouse fist and second a ps3 duel shock controller even though the rumble is weak compared to its PS2 predecessor. looks like they want to go out of business so badly they actually created an intricate Sega like corporate end game. Why not just file for bankruptcy and avoid such an epic embarrassment.

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