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.