The rumours edition: codename Orbis

00:32, Mar 30 2012

Kotaku is reporting that Sony's successor to the PlayStation 3 will be codenamed Orbis and is scheduled for a holiday (US) 2013 release.

You can read more about what Kotaku's learnt here but the main rumours are that the "Orbis" will have an AMD x64 CPU and an AMD Southern Islands GPU, which will be able to run games at a resolution of up to 4096 x 2160. It'll also be able to play 3D games in 1080p.

The "Orbis" won't offer backward compatibility with PlayStation 3 games (like the current model PS3s don't offer backward compatibility with PS2 games) but it looks as though it'll have some kind of anti-used games measures built in, much as rumours suggest the next Xbox console will.

Kotaku says their sources tell it that games will be available on both Blu-ray and downloadable forms but disc-based games will have to be tied to a single PlayStation Network account. Kotaku's source says if the original owner sells a disc-based game, it seems the new owner could be limited to what they can access on the game disc and the new owner may have to pay a fee to unlock/re-register the game.

Any anti-used game measures like this will severely dent the pre-owned game market and personally, while I don't buy a lot of used games - though I still troll the used game bins at brick and mortar retailers looking for bargains on older games - I'm not sure how I feel about having to pay an additional fee on top of what I've paid for the game. 

I don't have figures on used game sales in New Zealand but I would guess that it's a healthy market, especially given how much we already pay for brand new games here, but how do you feel about a suggestion that if you bought a copy of a game second-hand you'd have to pay an unlock fee to access all the content? 

Stuff you might also find interesting: Game Junkie is on Twitter and you can email him here. You can also hear him on Kiwi FM every Tuesday chatting about video games with Glenn Williams, and, if that isn't enough, he has another gaming blog here. Check it out sometime. It's updated at least once a week. 

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