There are speculations of Sony presenting the next PlayStation, PS4/Orbis, in the end of February. The new console could be released late this year. Or in the next. Whilst the leaked devkit specs look fine and dandy,

  • System Memory: 8 GB
  • Video Memory: 2.2 GB
  • CPU: 4 x Dual-Core AMD64 “Bulldozer”
  • GPU: AMD R10xx
  • Ports: 4 x USB 3.0, 2 x Ethernet
  • Drive: Blu-Ray
  • HDD: 160 GB
  • Audio Output: HDMI and Optical, 2.0, 5.1 and 7.1 channels

I’m still wondering about how the online experience will be like? Lagging like a boss? Let’s hope not.

Sony is doing something different with user accounts on the PS4, Luke Plunkett writes:

“[W]ith Orbis, Sony is moving the place of ‘ownership’ away from the console, with something it calls ‘multi-user simultaneous logins.’ […] It’s unclear whether you’d also be able to do this via the PlayStation Network if you were playing online.”

What to make of this?

I’m not sure if Sony’s purchase of Gaikai, Inc. last year implies for some kind of integration with the PlayStation brand, or if it’s just a capitalist maneuver. (Gaikai’s technology runs games in a center and then streams the content over the Internet, meaning the end user doesn’t need specialized hardware or graphics circuits.)