Here we go again. Another "reliable source" - this time with inside knowledge on Sony's next console, offers some rumors that should upset a majority of the gaming public. According to the Kotaku report, the console commonly called "PlayStation 4" will be called "Orbis" and will have a system in place that restricts the use of used games on the new console. "Orbis" is likely a codename for PS4, but they did just name the latest hand-held "Vita," so I suppose such a name is possible (Orbis is a horrible name for a console system in my opinion).
Kotaku's source also claims that the system will not be able to play PS3 games and that the new system will be ready for launch in time for the holiday 2013 shopping season. The source also claims that "select developers" started receiving dev kits at the beginning of this year.
Games on the new system would be downloadable or on Blu-Ray discs and would be tied to a single account. Someone buying a used game would get a limited game experience (like a demo version of the game) that would require a fee to unlock fully. To add to the rumors of this machine that sounds like it is being manufactured in HELL by SATAN, players will have to always be logged into their PSN accounts in order to play games as well. Finally, it is rumored that the new console from Sony will have an AMD x64 CPU and AMD Southern Islands GPU.
So let's run through the check list (remember this is a rumor from an unnamed source, so don't get too upset):
1) No backwards compatibility.
2) A system that limits or blocks used games.
3) Always Connected system tied to your PSN account.
4) Horrible Name.
5) AMD x64 CPU and AMD Southern Islands GPU.
So if this is all true (and I have my doubts), the new console is the most powerful anti-consumer gaming device ever created by Sony. I look forward to buying it in late 2013 or whenever it's released...
Source: GamesIndustry International