Attention: New PS4 Dev Kits Have Shipped, Apparently

Apparently, a new version of the Playstation 4 developer kit, code-named ‘Orbis’, is now being shipped to developers. VG 24/7 is reporting word from an anonymous insider that the new kit; according to the source, and confirmed by other sources within Sony, the kit will ultimately have four versions. The model shipping at present is a “modified PC,” and the next versions will be significantly closer to final specs for Playstation 4.

What’s interesting is that sources are also reporting that Sony is referring to the kit exclusively as Orbis; the words ‘Playstation’ and ’4′ have not been uttered. This could simply be an enforced habit to keep people from revealing anything too juicy, but it’s possible this indicates that the next console will be ending Sony’s Playstation branding in favor of something new. I personally doubt that; it would be foolish to jettison such a successful brand name just for the sake of novelty. Besides, everyone is already calling their next console PS4.

One more thing: the source tells VG 24/7 that the new kit is based on the AMD A10 APU series. Spiffy! For more, see the original article.

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2 Comments on Attention: New PS4 Dev Kits Have Shipped, Apparently


On November 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Interesting choice, so does this mean that sony is finally dropping their terrible cell processor? Also I don’t think that they want to drop the number at the end of their brand name, it would be a marketing loss. Why would you get an Orbis 1 when you can get an xbox 720?


On November 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I’m thinking Orbis is just a code name. Even though Sony has had trouble moving hardware, PS3 sales did pick up considerably over the last couple of years, and I don’t think they want to move away from the well-known Playstation name.

The bit about the processor is probably accurate. Most mentions of specs have said as much, and devs don’t seem to care for the cell processor.