New PS4 Specs Leak Based on January's Development Kit

Kotaku has acquired a list of specs for the unannounced PlayStation 4 "Orbis" console that are based on the development kits, model # DVKT-KS000K, as of January 2013. It's noted that these specs will likely change as the console gets closer to its final retail date, so take these components as merely what's provided for developers for the moment. AMD will take the center stage, providing both the CPU and GPU.

According to the specs, the kit has 8 GB of RAM and 2.2 GB of video memory. The CPU is listed as 4x dual-core AMD64 "Bulldozer" – indicating that there will be eight cores total – and the GPU is listed as an AMD R10xx. Also included is a 160 GB HDD, a Blu-ray drive, four USB 3.0 ports, two Ethernet ports, HDMI and optical output, and 2.0, 5.1 and 7.1 audio channels.

Kotaku added that there's also a headphone jack but it's unclear whether this will end up on the final product. It's also noted that the extra Ethernet port will likely not end up in the final build, as it's used for local sharing and testing purposes.

Kotaku goes on to cover the controller aspect, saying that developers are working with both the Sixaxis and DualShock 3 controller, indicating that the design and capabilities will be similar to the PlayStation 3 models. There's also a new model in development called the Orbis Development Tool which retains the same features but adds one key component: a capacitive touch pad as seen with the PlayStation Vita. It will recognize two-point multi-touch input, and will also serve as an additional input button when "clicked".

The PlayStation 4 will also supposedly offer multi-user simultaneous logins, meaning the console will allow more than one person to be logged into the same system at the same time. This is done by linking controllers to user accounts, thus when a second player activates a controller, he/she will be asked to log into their account. This would indicate that all user information will be stored in the cloud including trophies and game settings which can be accessed on any PlayStation 4 console.

Kotaku said the information contained in its report was generated from the development kit, and from official Orbis documentation provided by the same individual who attempted to sell a pair of Xbox development kits on eBay last year. To read the full report (which offers more detail about the controller), head here.

 

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  • aicom
    LukeCWMI'm glad AMD got the bid. They need the boost! But it's unfortunate that it's Bulldozer they landed with. Well, unfortunate for console gamers. Maybe it will shift more people towards PC gaming, but but I doubt it will affect many. Most console gamers I know don't care about visual detail or smoothness or high frame rate; they just want to shoot stuff.

    Actually, choosing Bulldozer is a godsend for PC gaming. This means that in order to perform well on low-clocked, poor-IPC CPUs, they will have to multithread extensively. This means that games built for the new console may finally see some benefit from HT on the Core i7s, not to mention perform quite will on Piledriver and its successors.
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  • Anonymous
    AMD 8 core! sorry intel...
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  • cptnjarhead
    interesting, sony's previous consoles had custom (exotic ) hardware.
    Seems rather off the shelf for sony.
    we will see.
    : on the plus side, hope we will see more natively multi-threaded (console ported) games for PC.
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  • cptnjarhead
    interesting, sony's previous consoles had custom (exotic ) hardware.
    Seems rather off the shelf for sony.
    we will see.
    : on the plus side, hope we will see more natively multi-threaded (console ported) games for PC.
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  • antilycus
    If those are truly the specs that gamers and developers have to look forward to, this isn't very next gen at all. I would expect OUYA and PC Gaming to take off. I think it's becoming apparent that 500 USD consoles w/ games that are clones of other games just isn't worth it. 100 bucks for OUYA and about 500 for an AMD A10 or ~600 for AMD FX 8150 w/ 16 GB of ram. I dont see the developers really changing anything and I think the Next iterations of Open GL and DX are going to more important than the specs. The current system is about to change massively, thanks to tablet gaming, cheap hardware (OUYA) and dedicated PC Gamers.
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  • Anonymous
    AMD 8 core! sorry intel...
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