Rumored PS4 Details Leak: Specs, New Controller, Unified Accounts & More

Jan 23, 2013 by  

PS4 Specs Controller Details

Even in the frigid depths of January, rumors regarding the next-generation are hotter than ever.

Monday saw a smorgasbord of specs and schematics leak, allegedly, for the Xbox 720; last week yielded hints at a new PlayStation 4 controller design, featuring an LCD touchscreen and biometric grip sensors; and on a day that began with an Xbox 720 Internet hoax — several outlets were hoodwinked into reporting on a phony “X-Surface” Xbox 720 tablet — a new report from Kotaku claims to divulge details on the PlayStation 4′s hardware specs, an innovative account management feature, and an all-new controller that would release alongside the traditional Dualshock 3 and Sixaxis models.

Kotaku cites a source using the alias of SuperDae — the same individual who, last August, attempted to sell Xbox 720 dev kits on Ebay and released a purported screenshot of Kinect 2.0.  The information he provided stems from Sony PDFs — “official Orbis documentation” — outlining some of the more functional elements of the PlayStation 4′s hardware.

One element, of course, is system specifications. According to the report a new wave of Sony’s PS4 development kits has begun making the rounds, and the details below were dissected directly out the January 2013 model:

  • System Memory: 8GB
  • Video Memory: 2.2 GB
  • CPU: 4x Dual-Core AMD64 “Bulldozer”
  • GPU: AMD R10xx
  • Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 2x Ethernet
  • Drive: Blu-Ray
  • HDD: 160GB
  • Audio Output: HDMI & Optical, 2.0, 5.1 & 7.1 channels

160GB HDD space or 8GB of RAM may seem a bit unspectacular, but it’s important to consider the mercurial nature of dev kits. Past Orbis dev kits have shipped with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and the 160GB HDD actually pales in comparison to the 256GB units believed to have shipped last November.

More intriguing are Sony’s plans regarding the PlayStation 4′s controllers. Last week’s rumor foreshadowed the demise of the Dualshock — the end of the classic, button-laden analog thumbstick controller that’s remained largely unchanged since its inception with the PlayStation One — in place of a Vita-esque handheld boasting a wide, front-facing LCD touchscreen. But that was refuted today.

PlayStation 4 Controller Accounts Specs

The report claims that Sony is creating a new controller, tentatively called the “Orbis Development Tool,” which features a rear-sided capacitive touchpad (identical to the Vita) but maintains a more traditional analog-and-button front side. The device will also incorporate improved tilt technology, vibration and an RGB LED light, and it will stand right alongside Sony’s Dualshock 3, Sixaxis and Move peripherals as viable controller options for the PS4. One curious addition — a “share button” — is unique to the Orbis Tool, though its intended purpose hasn’t been explained.

The final fragment of detail gleaned from the documents involves one of the first steps we all take after starting up the console: signing in. Currently, the PlayStation 3 operates on a strict basis of one console, one account signed in at a time. Even with a group of friends, with three or four controllers connected, only one user can access their SEN account. The Orbis aims to unify users, however, according to the report, which diagrams a method for simultaneous logins. It’s hardly revolutionary for gamers with an Xbox 360. But it’s a crucial step nonetheless to encourage more party-based gaming on the platform — now that everyone will get a trophy when they discover treasure in Uncharted 4 co-op, or when they nail a perfect 5-star duet in Just Dance 6.

As always — especially with official next-gen announcements anticipated for the near future — the details are unconfirmed, preliminary, and best taken with a grain of salt. That being said: sound off! What do you make of how the PlayStation 4 (or Orbis) appears to be shaping up?

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Source: Kotaku

Tags: PS4, Sony

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  1. I like the better controller rumor!

    Touchpad on the rear of the controller – yes.

    Screen on the controller – no.

    Want a screen on your controller? Get a Vita.

  2. Well…I don’t know how I feel about the new controller, I’m pretty comfortable with the current trend. I hope the idea of a screen on the controller never becomes a reality, it sounds like it would be an annoyance..

    I hope it ends up being called PS4 as opposed to ‘Orbis’. It just doesn’t have that ring to it.

    • 4 is an unlucky number in japanese. It shares references with death. It may be called 4 here in the states but I doubt sony will call it 4 in japan.

      • The more you know.

  3. I’d welcome a change from the PS3 controller. It’s not particularly comfortable to me.

  4. I have a feeling that Sony cannot afford to not have a touch screen on its controller like the wii U. The Ps4 is more than about the next game console… it’s about also beating other consumer electronics companies like apple and Microsoft ti integrating the touchscreen to the home TV after being coming late to the tablet and smartphone party. The PS4 will be as much about gaming as it will be about surfing, apps and streaming tv/movies/music.

    Welcome to modern consumer electronics.

    • I totally agree. These consoles should come with an app market similar to whats on our phones/tablets. These systems are amazingly powerful, no reason to just let it sit there only to play games and connect to hulu. Replace my entire computer with your entertainment system.

  5. I agree with Gravityonme. This is a new age electronics and i can not imagine anything these days without touch screens. How about toasters with touchscreen, anyone? I’ll take one!!!
    And its not a Wii U rip off, people :) Then all mobile phones in the market are essentially a Nokia and Ericson rip offs.
    I can only welcome new controller and look forward to find out what Sony have come up with. I guess screen will be used mainly for easy access to your items. No more going into menus and searching for item or weapon. Now we will be able to run and gun, and in the meantime browse our items. brilliant!!

    • The Controller’s touch screen works great on my Wii U and I like having it. If Sony does it too, it’s only a smart evolution. Smart Glass, not so interesting… but, I suppose Microsoft needs to do something different. So, I’m all for it. But, I’ll stick to my Wii-U and PS3 Combo. Touchscreen toasters would be cool. one step closer to the Jetsons I say! Bring it On!

  6. I’m done with these next gen consoles. How much are games going to cost? I’ll just stick to 3DS and PS3 thanks :D

  7. i like my ps# and I Don’t feel the new system will offer me anything i can’t get with my PS3 and Wii-U combination. I’m good. I don’t care at all about the new X-Box and I care little about the new PSForbis. My Wii-U is all the next gen i will need. Thank you Wind Waker HD.

    • yes thank you very much zelda is all any needs

  8. I smell the resurgence of PC gaming for 2014.

  9. All next gen systems will be null and void to me if they all have Wii-U style controllers. Not a fan.

  10. I hope that games are compatible with the same basic controller design and the new one. The playstations dualshock has to be the best controller shape ive ever used.

  11. Fa fap fap fap fap.

  12. there goes sony stealing more ideas from competition

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