It’s called the Orbis, and if everything goes according to plan, you or your children will want one come the holidays 2013. So, here’s the question: what’s the Orbis? That’s simple, it’s the next generation of Sony’s venerable PlayStation line of video games. That’s right, Sony’s future-proofed system with a 10 year development lifespan is already about to be replaced. So why is it going to be replaced?
Well, for one thing, the rumor is that the new PS4 will be capable of running a 3D game at 1080p, rather than the 730p it can currently manage. It will offer support for a 4096×2160 display, which is significantly more than current HD televisions, and it will feature the latest in AMD processors, both CPU and GPU.
There are a couple of reasons, but it comes down to this: Sony wants to control the used game market, and apparently Orbis is going to have some sort of online verification system that locks your game in with your PSN account (if you buy the disc version) or adds it to your PSN as a download (as they’re going to provide downloads of full titles, apparently… not sure how that’s going to work considering a Blu-ray disc is 10 gigabytes or more of data).