Fresh PS4 specs leaked, new controller, user accounts detailed

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Kotaku has received leaked PlayStation 4 (codenamed Orbis) documentation detailing technical specs of Sony’s next-gen console, as well as a new controller design and handling of user accounts.

The information apparently comes from an individual identified as SuperDae, who also tried to sell a pair of next-gen Xbox dev kits on eBay.

Kotaku indicates that their best sources are giving mixed opinion on whether the Orbis will launch in 2013 or 2014.

As Kotaku notes, these are specs indicated for Orbis development consoles, and will not necessarily be the same as the retail version.

Orbis development kits – model # DVKT-KS000K – as of January 2013.

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

Comparing this to previously revealed Orbis specs from reliable sources at Eurogamer, it appears that the PS4 has a bit more RAM grunt than previously thought – again, this could be due to a development console needing overhead. According to Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry, the PlayStation Orbis features 4GB of GDDR5 – an extremely fast type of RAM that usually ships with PC graphics cards.

PlayStation 4 (Orbis) new controller design

A new controller is in development, known as the Orbis Development Tool. It will feature the same features PS3 gamers have become accustomed to, including vibration support and and improved tilt-sensing.

The standard buttons will be present, along with a new “Share” button, the purpose of which remains a mystery at this point.

Kotaku’s information disputes an earlier rumour of a touch-screen on the Orbis controller, instead suggesting that it features a two-point multi-touch pad – perhaps something similar to that found on the rear of the PS Vita. Kotaku had no information to confirm the presence of biometric sensors in the controller.

PlaySation 4 (Orbis) new user account system

Reportedly, Sony will be introducing a “multi-user simultaneous login” system on the Orbis, allowing for more than one person to be logged into the system at a time.

This is done by linking the controller to a user account when it is connected. The account won’t be locked to the controller. This obviously opens up the possibility of sharing trophies among multiple players in a game, among other features.

What do you think of this latest batch of PS4 Orbis information? Let us know in the comments below and on the MyGaming forum.

Source: Kotaku

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  • GamingGenius

    Absolute GARBAGE!!! BALDERDASH of note! Why would a next gen console only have a 160 gig hard drive? YOU TELL ME?

  • Hudson

    Most likely just for development purposes or for the cheapest retail version. The good versions will probably start with 500gig or more.

  • DCWarHound

    Why exactly would you need a large HD?,you aren’t exactly installing games on it like a PC.Would be nice if it had a SSD instead.

  • Jaid Orfali

    Spec are weak thats like a medium pc…

  • Johan Grobler

    Ever heard of music, movies and PSN?

  • Piet Hannibol

    Come be honest now – you need all that space for porn right?

  • George Goodes

    Yes its specs are at medium pc specs , but remember its also priced at medium pc specs when it comes out .

  • CeeZedCee

    Because half the game will be streamed to the console as the next form of DRM to prevent second hand sales. :p

  • daBoss

    I agree here, ive got a 160gig ps3 and its 40gig free +- and most of the stuff on my ps3 is trailers that ive seen or demos im current as this is being posted playing metal gear rising demo and its insane :) plus pc handles movies and music so ja

  • Shaun

    Running a game off of a hard drive is far more efficient than streaming it through a blu-ray drive. It’s also meant to be used as a multi-media platform, not just a game system—> look at current gen. I’d go on, but your post stinks of blatant ignorance, so I can’t bring myself to do it 😛

  • LJ Roos

    Because nobody else wants to stock theirs it full of Hentai like you mate.

  • ShadoWolf

    That “multi-user login” seems a bit suspect. I still maintain that Sony won’t lock games into one account…but there’s always room for doubt when they’re talking about something like this.

  • Jaid Orfali

    True but the game are not here is what I say to my friends, “Sure PS3/4 is cheaper then a PC but your games cost R700 and ours cost like R50-R400 so in a few years after buying 30-50 games it kind of evens out. Plus I can run PC games I’ve bought in like 1995-2000 era, but my PS1 and PS2 games don’t work… and soon my ps3 games won’t either.

  • Jaid Orfali

    Yes to make you hand over more cash they used to say PC is dying now I say consoles are dying, part of the awesomeness of PS1/2 was sharing your games with friends for a week, people have been doing this for AGES since the beginning of gaming, but now Sony want more money so it’s a big No-No.

  • Jaid Orfali

    They will they want you to send as much money as possible. I’ll laugh if they lock the game to an account but still ask R700 for it…

  • Keegan Padayachee

    I agree some what, now days 160GB is nothing, we should be talking at least 500GB? right?

    I mean 160GB is like 2 or 3 BluRay disc’s…

  • James Etherington-Smith

    It has been suggested that the 160GB hard drive is present in the dev kit console. As mentioned, this doesn’t’ indicate the final spec of the PS4 when it launched. There will undoubtedly be a 500GB version, regardless of how the other specs turn out.

  • Gavin

    I have a 320GB HD and it is full. If you join PS+ your HD will be full in a few months!

  • Neil

    i think its more the industry in general, if you look around everyone is looking to the “cloud” as the future. The games industry is just following the same way. Microsoft will be looking at something similar with the Xbox no doubt.

  • Neil

    it was mentioned in an earlier article that Sony had Patented the ability to lock a game to a console, which I hope they just did to prevent the competition from implementing it. The “multi-user login” sounds like it could work quite interestingly,both players could earn trophies simultaneously for playing Tekken or any other multi-player on the same console. Maybe its just me but jamming a game with friends in person is sometimes better than online.

  • Jaid Orfali

    Cloud Gaming won’t catch on, you would never own a physical copy of “your” game, they are trying to limit your control over things YOU buy!!

  • GamingGenius

    I’m not like your mom mate. That’s not my thing