An anonymous reader writes: Sony's next PlayStation, cod name Orbis, is planned for a 2013 holiday season release.
According to video game blog Kotaku, the next-gen Orbis is capable of handling super high definition resolutions of 4096x2160. Unfortunately the new console is rumored to have no backward compatibility for PlayStation 3 titles, meaning no support for used games. Kotaku also revealed some powerful specs for the new console.
"The PS4's GPU in particular, we're told, will be capable of displaying Orbis games at a resolution of up to 4096x2160, which is far in excess of the needs of most current HDTV sets. It'll also be capable of playing 3D games in 1080p (the PS3 could only safely manage 3D at 720p)," wrote Kotaku.
"The specs were very, very vague, but developers are being told to work on a AMD x64 CPU and a AMD Southern Islands GPU."
It also locks games onto PlayStation Network accounts and is only accessible when players are online. Players will have to connect to the PSN in order to bootup the game. Users who try to use a used game will only be able to play a trial version and is given the option of buying a full registered copy.
Sony's new anti-used games concept does not float well with both consumers and retailers. The controversy has already sparked threats from popular video game retailer GameStop. The video game retail chain plan on refusing to sell the next-gen console at stores if Orbis contains the anti-used game system.
All of this are rumors and the Kotaku blog warns that Sony has not confirmed any information and changes could be made.