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


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94w 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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elser1's Avatar
#75 - elser1 - 84w ago
you can upgrade a pc every 2 months if you want. lol

leira's Avatar
#74 - leira - 85w ago
Can't believe PS4 gonna be X86/X64 based rather than RISC CPUs PS3 and Xbox 360 used, then what will be the difference between a PS4 and a powerful game PC?

superkamenrider's Avatar
#73 - superkamenrider - 85w ago
Patiently waiting for E3 2013 for the official word.

DeadFire87's Avatar
#72 - DeadFire87 - 85w ago
So does this equate to 2.867 or 3.277 Tflops. Either way shows promise for 1080p at 30-60 fps even on new shiny engines without a quality drop as most would typically expect.

Natepig's Avatar
#71 - Natepig - 86w ago
The Ps3 has had its bad points but over the course it has been the best of the current gen. I see nothing to make me think it will be any different with the next gen... sign me up for 2 on launch day!

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