Kotaku posted some rumors on the next PlayStation. Some were nice-to-knows like the codename, but others are causing a bit of a backlash.
Here’s the breakdown for easy consumption:
- Codenamed ‘Orbis’
- AMD CPU and GPU (Southern Islands aka Radeon HD 7000 series)
- Will launch in 2013
- No backwards compatibility with PlayStation 3 games
- Anti-used games DRM
The CPU & GPU
An AMD CPU will mark the return of x86 to consoles. Not since the original Xbox have we seen a console that resembles a PC this closely.
The GPU will certainly not be from the high end side of the the Southern Islands family of Radeons. If I were a betting man (and looking at the current generation), I suspect we’ll be seeing something along the lines of a Radeon HD 7770 or Radeon HD 7750 powering the graphics side of things.
The most obvious benefit with this kind of “off the shelf” arrangement is the potential for easy ports to and from this console.
Bye Bye Backwards Compatibility
With such a drastic departure in architecture and instruction set, it makes sense that backwards compatibility would fall by the wayside. Backwards compatibility for the next PlayStation will be an even costlier effort for Sony. So unless Sony would like to:
- include the PlayStation 3 hardware inside the PlayStation 4 (like they did with the hardware BC in the PS2)
- write an emulator for the PlayStation 3 which I imagine would be quite the challenge considering the Cell processor and its unique qualities.