A lot of chit chat has gone on about the rumoured specs of the Microsoft Xbox 720 of late. It seems like we finally have something on the SONY PS4 to dwell on as well. Interestingly, PS4 enthusiasts are getting first taste of the supposed PS4 developer kit tech specs only a few days after the Xbox 720 specs were publicly revealed.
Reports suggest that the PS4 devkit specs have been extracted from official Orbis documentation. Kotaku website claims that the PS4 devkit specs were shared with Kotaku by SuperDaE. SuperDaE is the individual who looked to sell a couple of Xbox development kits on eBay last year. Mind you, there’s still no word on pricing or release date.
PS4 DevKit Specs
As per the shared document, PS4 development kits come with a system memory of 8GB while video memory of 2.2GB is available to work with. The CPU is a Dual core AMD64 aka Bulldozer whereas the GPU on the PS4 kit is an AMD R10xx. A total of four USB 3.0 ports are seen on the product while 2 are available for the Ethernet cable. As seen earlier on the PS3, there is a Blu-Ray drive available. As far as storage goes, 160GB HDD is included. Audio output is reported to feature HDMI as well as Optical (including channel 2.0, 5.1 and 7.1).
The PS4 Controller
Besides the PS4 devkit specs, the document also contains information regarding the new PS4 controller. As of now it is termed the Orbis Development Tool. Kotaku reports that it retains most features experienced with the PS3 controller except one. The PS4 controller is reported to come with a touchpad. It is going to support two-point multi-touch. Similar to the DualShock 3, the PS4 controller will be motion sensitive and feature vibration. Moreover, it is said to come with an RGB LED light inside. Fancy some colours in your controller?
Multiple User Accounts
SONY wants to change the way you think about user accounts on a PlayStation console. So far, the PS3 only allows one user to access a system at a time. With the PS4, users might well be able to access multiple users at the same time. It terms it the multi-user simultaneous logins. Document suggests that this comes to pass once multiple control pads are linked to user accounts on the PS4. Every time a new controller is synchronized with the PS4, a new player account can be logged into.