Yet more rumors of the next-gen of consoles have been doing the rounds, with website VG247 quoting the ever-mysterious ‘sources’ in saying that PS4 development kits have started being sent out to developers.
They have said that this kit is supposedly the second in what will become a total of four kits, with the first one being a graphics card by itself and this one being a modified PC. The third model will be sent out in January and will be very close to the final specs of the machine, with the fourth and final model being in effect the PS4 itself and available from next summer to developers.
The Orbis name is cropping up again, with Sony apparently eager to drop the ‘PlayStation 4’ moniker which would tie in with their choice of name for the Vita. Other information leaked about the dev kit includes that it is based on existing AMD A10 technology that contains a CPU and GPU, that it contains either 8GB or 16GB of memory (which is usually doubled for dev kits, expect 4GB or possibly 8GB in the final model.), and that it contains both a blu-ray drive and 256GB of storage, potentially as a solid state drive.
Some final details explain how the UI is more fluid than the existing XMB, allowing the purchase of DLC whilst still playing games, and that background downloads will be standard on the machine. Its power was also described as ‘Very affordable but no slouch’. Interesting….. It is also expected that the PlayStation 4 or Orbis will be officially shown off at an event before E3 next year. We wait with bated breath.