trending / - - - - - - - - -

trending / playstation 4 - ni no kuni - halo - wii u - bungie interview - ces top picks - radeon hd 7850 - woods pga tour

PS4 Dev Kits Distributed to Developers

/ Nov 2nd, 2012 4 Comments

PlayStation

PlayStation

Developers are receiving a new version of potential PlayStation 4 development kits with a final batch expected next year, according to a report by VG247.

Anonymous sources told the site the dev kit, code-named Orbis, is currently being shipped in a modified PC case. The report confirms Orbit uses Blu-ray and is not being built in Japan.

This is the second version of the Orbis dev kit being shipped out to game developers. The first version was basically just a graphics card. A third batch is expected to be distributed in January with a final version to be shipped next summer.

U.S. developers who are receiving the kit attended a disclosure meeting at Sony’s headquarters to learn what the machine is designed to do and get the specifics of the hardware. Sony has only called the machine Orbis and has made no reference to the PlayStation 4. VG247 reports Orbis will be officially announced at an event just before E3 next year.

Orbis is backed by AMD’s A10 APU series. The CPU and GPU are combined with an APU (Accelerated Processor Unit). The company is aiming to make hardware that is able to easily run games in full 1080p and 3D without any issues.

Kits have either 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM. The PlayStation 4 hard drive is expected to have 256 GB of storage space. However, it is not clear if that will be standard or solid state drive.

Sony is hoping to avoid the problems involved with launching the PlayStation 3 by developing Orbis into something that is affordable but is also in line with current technology.

The dev kit also has WiFi and Ethernet connectivity with HDMI out, the same input and output included on the PS3.

However, there are enhancements to the UI. Gamers will be able to press the PS button on their controller during a game and navigate to anywhere in the system. For example, players will be able to pause a game and purchase DLC before seamlessly switching back to the game. The system is also designed to receive system and product updates in the background as it will always be in stand-by mode. That means background downloads can be accepted to make sure players can receive new content without the pain of waiting for downloads.

Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
Ryan Bloom

tags: , , , ,

Related Posts

OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood

Why You Should be Excited for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood

Sep 29th, 2014No Comments

Shadows of Mordor

New Releases: Week of 9/28

Sep 28th, 2014No Comments

Assassin's Creed Unity customization

What You Wear in Assassin’s Creed Unity Will Affect Gameplay

Sep 27th, 2014No Comments

Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass

Assassin’s Creed Unity Season Pass Takes Players to China

Sep 23rd, 2014No Comments

  • TJ Omaha

    That’s a lot of RAM for a console.

  • Zarif

    PS4 is gonna be the best console

  • Tenacious D

    I agree that PS4 will likely be the best console, though I think this will only matter spec-wise too us geeks. Graphically and physics wise, the MS system is likely to be very similar, though I don’t know if MS is as gung ho for 3D as SONY.

    However, reliability is probably going to be better once again on Wii-U (gah) and PS4. I can’t see MS risking another near class action from Europe or America like they suffered with that awful 360. My “Leet” died in seven weeks, but I have two PS3s going strong five years later.

  • james braselton

    hi there yeah 256 gegabytes flash drive 250 gegabyte hard drive soo flash drive has 6 gegamytes extra capacity soo flash drive holds more data then hard drive with faster read write speeds

Top Articles

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3) Review Sep 29th, 2014 at 9:00

Roundabout (PC) Review Sep 26th, 2014 at 8:00

Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox One) Review Sep 25th, 2014 at 5:00

Teslagrad (Wii U) Review Sep 22nd, 2014 at 10:00

Moto 360 Smartwatch Review Sep 18th, 2014 at 9:00

Destiny (PS4) Review Sep 16th, 2014 at 6:00

HooToo TripMate Elite Review Sep 15th, 2014 at 9:32

Blue Estate (PS4) Review Sep 11th, 2014 at 10:00

HyperDimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 (PS Vita) Review Sep 10th, 2014 at 9:00

Hatoful Boyfriend (PC) Review Sep 9th, 2014 at 9:00