Just a few days ago we reported on the rumored specifications for the Xbox 720 ‘Durango’, now it looks like it’s the PlayStation 4′s turn. Kotaku has gotten their hands on what appears to be official documentation for the PS4 ‘Orbis’ that reveal the hardware specs for the latest dev kit, information on the controller, and details on a new user account system.
The documents were leaked by a user named ‘SuperDae’, which many will remember as the same person who tried to sell two Xbox 720 dev kits on eBay last August. He has provided new details on the PlayStation 4, and in particular the hardware that might be used. The latest PS4 dev kit is allegedly packing 4 dual-core AMD64 “Bulldozer” processors for a total of 8 cores and 8GB of memory, which is impressive.
On the graphics side of things, the PS4 allegedly uses an AMD R10xx GPU and has 2.2GB of video memory. It also features 4 USB 3.0 ports, 2 Ethernet ports, a Blu-ray drive, and both HDMI and Optical audio outputs. The hard drive is apparently only 160GB. It’s important to note, though, that since this is a dev kit unit used for making games, lots of storage is not a priority.
The leaked documents also provide conflicting details regarding the PlayStation 4′s controller. While earlier reports have hinted that Sony might drop the Dual Shock design for their next system, that doesn’t seem to be the case. According to this leak, the PS4 dev kits support both Sixaxis and Dual Shock 3 controllers without a problem, suggesting that the new controller should be pretty similar. Move is also supported.
While previous reports pointed to the new controller having a touch screen, it seems it will be a touch pad instead; similar to what’s found on the back of the PS Vita. It will likely be on the back of the controller and can even be “clicked” for extra input. The new controller also includes improved motion sensing, vibration, an RGB LED light, and a “Share” button whose function is yet unknown.
The final nugget of information gleamed from the documents is Sony’s new user account system. The PS4 will try to make user accounts more accessible with something called “multi-user simultaneous logins.” It will basically allow multiple players to be logged into a console at the same time. For example, this will allow for multiple users in a split-screen game to earn trophies individually. It will do this by linking accounts to controllers.
While this sounds like the system that Microsoft already has in place with the Xbox 360, it may be more complex than that. For one, it’s not clear whether user accounts can actually be stored on the controllers themselves which would be interesting. That’s all we have to go on for now, but keep in mind that none of this information has been confirmed, and that things can change drastically before the PS4 officially launches.