Since we all know that technology waits for no one, it should be quite obvious that pretty much every piece of gadget that has ever been developed can already be considered old – or in technical terms, outdated – the moment it is released to the public. The reason behind this fact is that people are constantly searching for something new and improved at any given moment. Gaming consoles are no exception to this rule. In fact they are one of its greatest enforcers, so it’s safe to say that the moment the first person bought the first PS3 after its release, he (or she) was probably already wondering what the PS4 was going to be like. In regards to the next generation Play Station gaming console, there have been many rumors and speculations running around about its release date and its technical specifications. While some of these rumors have been confirmed by an inside source, others are still bearing a large question mark on their shoulders.
As far as the release date for the next generation Play Station goes, Sony has yet to officially announce it, so asking them to give out an exact date for the release is a little too farfetched. However, looking back at the release of the previous version, the PS3, many believe or at least have their hopes up that it will be out on the market just in time for the 2013 holiday shopping season.
Another great mystery for the general public is the name that has been associated with the next generation Play Station gaming console: Orbis. Since many expected it to simply be called PS4, Orbis comes as a surprise, and has a lot of people wondering if it’s the codename that it will go by until it’s release or if it truly is the official name of the next generation Play Station console. The most interesting issue that was raised on the subject of the name is that, when adding the word Vitae to it, you get Orbis Vitae, which translates as “circle of life”. The speculations revolve around the PS Vita and the idea that it may have some relation to the next generation Play Station console.
Getting to the juicy part, the specifications for the PS Orbis are yet to be officially made public, and seeing as how they are taking their time announcing the next generation Play Station console, the wait will be prolonged. Still, some specifications of hardware and software have made their way into the hungry hands of game bloggers and they tell us that the next generation Play Station console will have an AMD x64 CPU, and that as far as graphics go the console will be equipped with a Radeon HD 7000 Series card. Other specifications included the 256GB HDD, the 8 or 16 GB of RAM and, of course, the Blu-ray drive.
A fascinating piece of information regarding the next generation Play Station console is that, as the rumors say, gamers can expect to play their favorite games at a resolution of up to 4096x2160p, and that unlike the previous version of the console, it will be able to handle 3D game play in 1080p.
Although nothing is official, Sony has made it clear that this time around they plan on releasing the next generation Play Station console before the Xbox 720 will come out on the market. The greatest advantage that the Play Station has over the Xbox is that it is equipped with a Blu-ray drive. Since the Xbox didn’t have this option before, the games that were created for this console had a limit of 9 GB, whereas the PS could contain 25 to 50 GB of data. Still, with this new console, the Xbox 720, Microsoft is attempting to catch up to Sony by adding a drive as well.
Interestingly enough the two companies share a rumor about a feature that could be found in both the Xbox 720 and the next generation Play Station console. It is an anti-used game system of sorts and although it is not yet clear how it works or what it implies, it has the fans of the brand on their tip-toes to find out more. However, keep in mind that these are all rumor and speculations. Also, while another rumor says that Sony will announce the next generation Play Station console at the end of this year or the beginning of the next, nothing is set in stone. Specifications could always change at a moments notice in better or worst, but since we all want what’s best, let’s hope for the better.