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RUMOUR: Next PlayStation Codenamed 'Orbis', Out 2013?

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Jonathan Lester
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RUMOUR: Next PlayStation Codenamed 'Orbis', Out 2013?

Anti Pre-Owned System, No Backwards Compatibility

What time is it? Massive rumour o' clock. Usual suspects Kotaku have ostensibly obtained another megaton rumour from some anonymous industry sources who claim that the next PlayStation console is codenamed Orbis, and is scheduled for a 2013 release.

As well as discussing specifications, the report also purports that Orbis won't be backwards-compatible with PS3 games and will contain an anti-used game system.

According to Kotaku's intel, Orbis (which exists on the Sony developer extranet) will contain an AMD x64 CPU and an AMD Southern Islands GPU (AMD's high end PC cards). This ties in with earlier reports suggesting that Sony are ditching NVIDIA in favour of their main rival - and certainly not scrimping on the quality. In graphics terms, this means that the PS4 will be capable of playing games at a 4096x2160 resolution, and can run 3D titles in 1080p.

Sounds good, but the rest of the report makes for sobering reading. Apparently the PS4/Orbis will not be backwards compatible with PS3 or PS2 games, meaning that fans may need to keep hold of their old consoles.

More interesting, though, is the allegation that the PS4 will feature an anti-used games system that requires users to register new titles specifically to their PSN ID. Pre-owned games will only run in a trial mode, requiring an equivalent of an online pass to unlock. However, Sony would ensure that all new games are released both as downloadable and retail versions, making PSN a more attractive choice. The next Xbox has also been rumoured to utilise the same anti-used initiative, suggesting that publishers may attempt to kill off the pre-owned market at source.

As always, please bear in mind that this is just a rumour. Albeit a ruddy great big one. We'll look into it, but for now, let us know what you make of it.

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Shadowmancer88  Mar. 28, 2012 at 19:11

I won't buy any next gen consoles if they don't have backwards compatibility, most people will only afford 1 or 2 games at launch and the backwards catalogue will help out particularly as new consoles take a very long time before they build up a decent library of games worth playing or buying at reasonable prices.

phil16  Mar. 28, 2012 at 19:18

No preowned has been alive and well with PC Games for a while now. No surprise consoles are next. Can't blame them really as they must lose a lot of money on single player titles which get bought and traded a dozen times... As long as the price is right the game buying public might just accept it.

Rubisco  Mar. 28, 2012 at 19:39

Orbis? Does that mean the console will be heavily subsidised, sometimes even given away free with newspapers, and games will be sold at random in sealed foil multipacks to be swapped in the playground with friends?

Come to think of it... Orbis' main competitor was Panini, and the PS3 looks like a Panini grill...

Orbis was bought out by DeAgostini in 1999, a company whose name ultimately derives from St. Augustine of Hippo, therefore it's only logical to conclude that the new console will look like a HIPPO.

Korma  Mar. 28, 2012 at 19:53

Orbis was bought out by DeAgostini in 1999, a company whose name ultimately derives from St. Augustine of Hippo, therefore it's only logical to conclude that the new console will look like a HIPPO.


Actually the Hippo in DeAgostini would explain why they love horses so much
- http://www.deagostini.com.au/ilovehorses/

Beatchef  Mar. 28, 2012 at 21:26

Anti used game system... so no game rentals? I'd hardly buy any games then, and therefore probably not buy the console. If that were found out to be true, the next xbox would make sure not to have that feature and rake in the money and the users.

gmdlogan  Mar. 28, 2012 at 21:54

Got to be developer's putting pressure on Sony/M$ regarding the the anti-used game thing. Its a massive market that the developer's are losing out on.

Sony make a loss on each console they sell anyway, so i don't think they'll worry too much about a few who choose not to buy a console then just buy preowned games. So they aren't really missing out at all, Sony wouldn't see any of your money anyway.

Rubisco  Mar. 29, 2012 at 01:05

"Got to be developer's putting pressure on Sony/M$ regarding the the anti-used game thing. Its a massive market that the developer's are losing out on."

I don't think Sony/M$ need any persuading, they're green with envy at Apple's app store billions!

Zeipher  Mar. 29, 2012 at 01:31

"making PSN a more attractive choice" that is if the prices aren't sometimes double the physical version price, as it is today...

Silly Sony. What a shocking Marketing department you have.

RiKx  Mar. 29, 2012 at 09:47

Sony make a loss on each console they sell anyway, so i don't think they'll worry too much about a few who choose not to buy a console then just buy preowned games. So they aren't really missing out at all, Sony wouldn't see any of your money anyway.


Sony haven't been making a loss on hardware for some considerable time now...

Last edited by RiKx, Mar. 29, 2012 at 09:47
Tsung  Mar. 29, 2012 at 11:32

Rental could still be possible with this model. When you rent the game it comes with a Unique Code that enables you to play the game on the console "as a rental". After the "rental period" the game would return to a trial version.

However, why bother with all that faffing?, Sony (& M$) could just rent the game straight from their dashboards. Download then pay £5 for 3 days play or something similar.

aimtiaz  Mar. 29, 2012 at 19:40

I think blocking pre-owned games will not impact the games sales (in numbers) only if they are willing to charge nominal prices on releases (like app stores do and charge user again via in-game transactions :( ).

I don't know why they are making so much fuss about pre-owned game sales impacting their revenues, with so much reusable software engines and same repeated gameplay, they are still making lot of money and while more people play games then earlier.

When companies will stop being greedy?

Last edited by aimtiaz, Mar. 29, 2012 at 19:41
gmdlogan  Mar. 31, 2012 at 20:40

Sony make a loss on each console they sell anyway, so i don't think they'll worry too much about a few who choose not to buy a console then just buy preowned games. So they aren't really missing out at all, Sony wouldn't see any of your money anyway.


Sony haven't been making a loss on hardware for some considerable time now...


A quick Google will prove that they do my good fellow. 13cents in every dollar is a loss on ps3 console.

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