While Nintendo has announced their plans for their next-gen console, the Wii U, both Sony and Microsoft have been pretty quiet so far, at least until recently where a fresh rumors has suggested that Sony could be launching the PlayStation 4, which will be called Orbis, in the winter of 2013.
According to the report, the console will be built around an AMD x64 CPU with an AMD Southern Islands GPU, a high-end graphics processor that is expected to make its way onto the Radeon HD 7900 range of graphic cards. It will also be capable of true 1080p stereoscopic 3D and will be able to support resolutions up to 4096×2160. While its hardware specs certainly sounds impressive, the report also revealed some news that PS3 and used-game buyers might not be pleased to hear.
It seems that Orbis will not bother offering backwards compatibility for its existing catalogue of PlayStation 3 games, and on top of that, will come with some sort of mechanism that will not allow for used games to be played. Games purchased via Blu-Ray or as a PSN download will be locked to a single PSN account, and gamers purchasing pre-owned games will be limited in what they can do, although the details of that remain unclear at the moment.
Of course, since none of this information can be confirmed at the moment, it would be best to take it with a grain of salt until the official word has been given, but what do you guys think so far? Plausible?