Before we start, I know it's no big leap in hardware for consoles because PC will always be the King of Hardware, but if Sony does release a new optical media drive with the PS4 or 'Orbis' then things will change up once again.
Which optical technology might be implemented you ask?
Holographic Versatile Disc - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Slotted for a 2016 release date it's not unlikely that it could be released a head of schedule if Sony jumps on board and pushes the project into production.
A new version of the PlayStation 4 development kit is now being shipped out to game developers.
The second version is essentially just a modified PC. There is to be four versions overall, with the third version due to be sent out in January and the last and final version to be sent in Summer 2013. The first version, released earlier this year, was essentially just a graphics card.
Game developers attended a disclosure meeting this week at Sony where they were shown presentations and given information of the project. Sony is refusing to call the project the "PlayStation 4" but instead is calling it "Orbis". "Orbis, is based on the AMD’s A10 APU series. An APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) is a combined CPU and GPU".
- Ability to run 1080p games and 60FPS in 3D.
- 256Gb standard HDD.
- WiFi, ethernet and HDMI output.
Sony is said to be designed an XMB that will allow the player to access anywhere on the system while in game, and essentially purchase new content from the store without having to leave the game. The system will always be in standby mode and will download system updates and game patches automatically as they come available.
Thoughts on this?