It’s looking like the new PlayStation will be out in time for the 2013 holiday shopping spree. And the console won’t be called PlayStation anything, but Orbis, which Kotaku seems to think is not merely a codename. So if you show up at your local retail game chain demanding a PlayStation 4, you might be sent packing with a helping of mockery from the bored store clerks. If you’re unlucky enough to be sporting mom jeans and that I-don’t-know-enough-about-gaming-to-ask-about-the-memory-card look on your face, they may just sell you a PlayStation 2 for the price of an Orbis. Moms beware.
We’re getting information about Orbis from Kotaku, who had this to say about their source: “The details in this story come from a reliable source who is not authorized to talk publicly about next-gen hardware but has shared correct information with us before.”
Much like Microsoft and the Durango, with its new console Sony wants to eliminate the used game market by connecting each copy of a game to a single PSN account. Then if you lend out or sell your copy, the new owner will have access to the gameplay limited to the breadth of a free trial.