Kotaku has some seemingly reliable information on the upcoming PlayStation 4 (codename Orbis internally at Sony Computer Entertainment). The console, which is expected to be announced at E3 this year, looks pretty powerful in keeping with Sony's tradition for horsepower.
This information comes from official internal documentation, so it should be pretty reliable although clearly subject to change. Here is what we know, in a nutshell:
- We're still not sure what this thing will be officially titled, whether it's PlayStation 4 or Orbis or something completely unrevealed as of yet.
- Under the hood, the PlayStation 4 is a beast, featuring the following specs:
- System Memory: 8GB
- Video Memory: 2.2 GB
- CPU: 4x Dual-Core AMD64 "Bulldozer" (so, 8x cores)
- GPU: AMD R10xx
- Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 2x Ethernet
- Drive: Blu-Ray
- HDD: 160GB
- Audio Output: HDMI & Optical, 2.0, 5.1 & 7.1 channels
- On the controller side of things, it looks like both Move and the DualShock controller will continue on in the new generation of PlayStation peripherals. This time, however, there is also a new controller in development for the new console. This new controller will feature many of the PlayStation staples - the trademark face buttons, triggers and dual analog sticks - but with one brand new feature; a capacitive touch pad, like that found on the back of the PlayStation Vita.
- Multiple users can now be logged in simultaneously on the PlayStation 4, rather than the single-user-login at startup of the PlayStation 3.
- Sources are varied as to whether the PlayStation 4 will ship in late 2013 or if it will be pushed back to 2014.
Bear in mind that all of this information should be taken with a grain of salt until Sony reveals anything for themselves. While the source seems very reliable, anything can change between now and the official announcement. Read the full report on Kotaku for more information.