PS4 info leaks out. Dev kits apparently heading to studios now

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PS4 dev kits are currently on their way to developers with an official announcement expected “just before E3″. The system is being called Orbis with no mention of PlayStation 4.

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Apparently the system is aiming to run 1080p games in full 3D but also remain “very affordable”. Here are the key points:

  • The dev kit appears to still be called Orbis with Sony, “not using the words ‘PlayStation 4′ in meetings”. It’s currently housed in a normal PC case.
  • There are four versions: “a previous version was essentially just a graphics card. The version shipping now is a ‘modified PC,’ and the third version, appearing in January, will be close to final spec. A final version will be delivered to developers ‘next summer’”.
  • “The hardware is based on ‘the AMD’s A10 APU series. An APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) is a combined CPU and GPU. The PS4′s APU is described as a ‘derivative’ of existing A10 hardware & based on A10 system and base platform. The dev kits have, ‘either 8Gb or 16Gb of RAM. Deduce from that what you will’”. It has a Blu-ray drive, WiFi, Ethernet, HDMI and a 256GB harddrive “as standard” (possibly solid state but unclarified).
  • Background downloading of updates and patches is now an option and the PS button now allows you to go anywhere on the system at any point. Buying DLC from the Store mid-game is the example given.

Weirdly, we did this feature on the PS4 launch games we’d like to see this morning. What are the chances?

Thanks VG247.