Christmas 2013 The war of the consoles PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox4?! Orbis? Durango?…Kutako!…OH MY!
Rumors are zipping around from the leaks reported about the next Xbox on Kotaku.com. The site claims insider leaks have revealed some system specs about the new console, and hot on the tail of the PlayStation 4 will be the Xbox 4.
Only a single source is attributed to the rumors, but “Orbis” seems to be the chosen name for the new Playstation 4. “Durango” is the reported new Xbox 4 working title. Kotaku also uses the fact that a Sony Development sub domain portal for Orbis is in use, while one for PS4 is not. Waxing hopefully poetic, the “Orbis” may link into the Playstation Vita in a close union of the two platforms, making orbis vitae, The Circle of Life.
Kotaku drops some specs like the Playstation 4 will utilize a high-end chip AMD’s x64 CPU or maybe AMD’s Southern Islands GPU. The PS4 will have the 7000 series part, while the core of the Xbox 4 will be a step behind with the 6000 series model. “Orbis” is reported to handle resolutions of 4096×2160, referred to ’4K’ by TV production lingo ( CES 2012 mentioned this as a hot feature of newer tech). 3D games are rumored to be playable in full 1080p, bounding over the PlayStation 3′s previous max 3D resolution of 720.
There are already grumbles about what the how the player capacities will be limited and may not be retrofitted for the PS3 forgoing backward compatibility all in the name of bumping sales. Not cool. The belief is also that the Sony System will need to be locked into a PSN/SEN account, which would destroy any resell or trade-in value as new owners may be restricted in levels, content, or abilities to proceed, or charge additional fees to unlock or register the full game capacities. No fun for GameStop shoppers, or the companies who rely on the used game market and trade. They may use PS Vita and memory card wipe so new owners can gain trophies on the Blu Ray discs.
The 2013 Holidays season is expected to heat up with the Playstation 4 “Orbis” vs. Xbox 4 “Durango” war, no head starts for Microsoft like previously. They had a one year jump on Sony that was never caught. “The company would not announce any new home systems at E3,” Sony’s Kaz Hirai reiterated early this year, so sites like Kotaku.com may be all we have for a bit, maybe more will come on the 6th birthday of PS3 this November.