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access_time November 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM in Culture by Sean Garmer

Rumor: Possible Vital Playstation 4 Information

Both Sony and Microsoft have neglected to confirm any rumors that have come out about possible successors to the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. However, we have received a lot of information on a possible Xbox 360 successor thanks to a 256 page document that was leaked. This still leaves the Playstation 4 up in the air.

A German Magazine PSM3 has decided to compile all the relevant info they know regarding the PS4 from the developers they’ve talked to, and other “sources.”

Before you start digesting everything, keep in mind that these are all rumors and as such, should be taken with a grain of salt. There is the possibility that some of these could be true, but until Sony comes on a stage to announce the PS3’s successor, everything is still up in the air.

Interestingly, the magazine states that the PS4 won’t even be named the PS4. It will be called The Playstation with a word or perhaps a far out there number like what Xbox did with the 360. The reason for this is that the number 4 is pronounced “Shi” in Japan and in Chinese. “Shi” also has the same sound as “death” so that makes it a very unlucky number for a lot of people in the world. It’s so reviled that many hospitals in Japan have therefore no room with the number 4 or even a fourth floor – similar to a few high-rise buildings in the United States that have no 13th Floor.

The PS4’s codename, which is known as Orbis, could be part of the final name. For the rest of the details. Here are the details as listed by the Magazine:

Second Games of the first generation will look like the high-end PC demos on watchdogs and Star Wars 1313 or Square Enix’s Luminous tech demo.

PS4 demos to be shown by Sony at E3 2013th
PS4 games will not run well at 4K ‘Ultra HD’ resolution.
The standard resolution of the PS4 should be at 1080p and 60 fps.
If 4k can be used, then probably only for videos.
Used games are not readily run on the PS4.
Sony is planning certain protections in the PS4, including perhaps an online pass or something similar.
The memory should be at 4GB to 8GB
The PS4 will probably have 4GB of memory, but in the end could have 8GB: If the Microsoft Xbox 360 successor have 8GB memory, then Sony would be put under pressure and should follow suit.
16GB flash memory are planned.
The PS4 will not be backwards compatible with PS3 games.
Games need to be registered to PlayStation Network account.
The paid premium service PlayStation Plus will be an important pillar of the PS4.
Every PS4 should be shipped with a PS Move compatible controller and camera.
Classic games will be available via cloud gaming (Gaikai).
“In-Game” Advertising is to keep on the PS4 collection.
The console will use an AMD Accelerated Processor (4 cores). The chip carries the code name “Liverpool” and is produced in a 28-nanometer process.
The PS4 will cost about EUR 400 to EUR 500 in Europe, where Sony has here probably expect to lose.

Of course, Sony has not commented, denied or confirmed the info listed above. So based on this list what do you think is the most interesting or perhaps scary thing the PS4 could include? The thing about an online pass for used games is still out there and possibly having to pay for online service like Xbox Live might scare a few folks as well.


  • Brett Day December 4, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Inclusion of 4K would be nice, but would be under utilized for the top few percent of Playstation owners because the TV tech will be outrageously high. Going the AMD route could be a bad move, there PC processors aren’t exactly stellar, but their Radeon GPU’s could more than make up for that. I would welcome a paid online model, the one thing that has kept me away from the PS3 is its rather poor showing in the online space, but that’s just my opinion. 16GB of flash seems awfully low, especially if Playstation + is going to be a pillar, hopefully they do not choose to go a proprietary route, and instead opt to use regular 2.5″ hard drives as an expansion option. Man, I don’t know, but these specs haven’t got my juices flowing as much as I would have hoped, but there is still plenty of time for those specs to change 🙂

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