Rumor: Next PlayStation is called ‘Orbis’
New console will not feature backwards compatibility; to use anti-used game system.
An industry source close to Kotaku today posted new details regarding Sony’s next PlayStation console. The source, who is “ not authorized to talk publicly about next-gen hardware” but has, said the console will be called Orbis, and is being planned for release in time for the 2013 holiday season.
The word ‘Orbis’, as Kotaku points out, comes from Latin, and could mean a ring, an orbit, or more likely in PlayStation’s case, a circle. While the definition alone isn’t very helpful, but combined with the name of Sony’s new handheld system, the Vita, it forms into a phrase, ‘The circle of Life’. How the two systems tie-in together is yet unclear.
The source also shared information pertaining to the system’s specifications and internal capabilities. The PlayStation Orbis will house an AMD x64 CPU and an AMD Southern Island GPU, the latter of which is a codename for the chip maker’s 2012 lineup of high-end graphics card. The source claims the GPU can output a resolution of up to 4096×2160, and should play 3D games in 1080p easily.
Furthermore, and now begins the worrisome part, the source claims Orbis won’t feature backwards compatibility with PS3 games, and will employ an anti-used game measurement akin to Steam. In this, a game must be associated with a PSN account in order to play it. An always-on Internet connection will be required at all times to play games or even operate the system.
If a user decides to sell the game, the pre-owned customer who buys the game will be severely restricted in what they can and cannot do with the game. The pre-owned customer must then pay to unlock the full game at a lower-than-retail price.
Keep in mind that this is purely speculation, and while Kotaku might claim the source is credible, there are no other outlets that back this version of the story so far. Sony, as typical, has declined to comment.