PS4 Will Feature a New Controller, Multi-User Log Ins and More - Rumor

An alleged "official" Orbis documentation has been unearthed and divulges Sony's plans for the PS4.

by on 24th Jan, 2013

It seems that everyday we get new "info" regarding the PS4 or Xbox 720. While we can't really say for certanin which are legit and which ones are fake, this one might have a little more weight than your standard rumor stuff.

Shared by a user known as SuperDae to Kotaku, the info below allegedly comes from an "official" Orbis documentation, a "hive" of more than 90 PDFs about the PS4. It won't answer when the PS4 will be out or how much it will be priced, but there are a few other interesting things answered.

First up, here are the known specs for a PS4 development kit and not the retail console. Most likely the specs in the dev kit will be the same as the one Sony will be selling at retail, but there is a slight chance that they might change it at the last minute.

PS4 Specs:

 

  • System Memory: 8GB
  • Video Memory: 2.2 GB
  • CPU: 4x Dual-Core AMD64 "Bulldozer" (so, 8x cores)
  • GPU: AMD R10xx
  • Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 2x Ethernet
  • Drive: Blu-Ray
  • HDD: 160GB
  • Audio Output: HDMI & Optical, 2.0, 5.1 & 7.1 channels

Another thing to note, the documentation states that a headphone jack is available on the front of the console, but it's unclear now whether that's for development units or one of the retail version's features.

Controller:

While reports came in that the PS4 will be ditching the tradtional DualShock design, the sources are now claiming that developers and the development kit itself support Sixaxis and the DualShock 3. So, chances are the PS4's controller's will roughly offer the same kind of function. 

However, it's not as cut-and-dry as you might think. The document also shows a PS Move controller, suggesting that Sony's motion-controller wand will work with the PS4.

Also, there is a new controller being developed for the PS4, though one that will keep many of the DualShock's staples such as: four face buttons, two thumbsticks, shoulder triggers and one major addition -- a touch pad.

Purportedly, the PS4 controller will feature a capacitive touch pad, the kind you see on the back of the PS Vita, which the site presumes will be on the back of the PS4 controller as well. It will recognize two-point multi-touch and the entire pad itself can be "clicked" for an additional input method.

One last thing regarding the controller, Sony is reportedly implementing a "Share" button, but its use is unknown for now. Is it for sharing game status updates on social networks? The documentation doesn't really shed light on this at the present.

Accounts:

Now here's a set of features that I think future PS4 buyers will want to come as a reality. Allegedly, Sony is moving the place of "ownership" from the actual console into what it calls the "multi-user simultaneous logins."

This means that the PS4 will let more than one person log in at the same time using the same console. It does this by linking controllers to user accounts and as each one syncs with the unit, the new user's account will be logged in. But to make on thing clear: accounts won't be locked or tied into controllers themselves, new users will simply be prompted to sign in to their account once a pad is synced to the console.

One implementation Kotaku has learned with this feature is that if four players were in a co-op game and they managed to beat a boss, then all four would get the Trophy and not just the account that's signed in.

That's it, basically. Keep in mind that these are still just rumors, but based on the rate these things are coming out of the woodwork, I'm guessing Sony and Microsoft are readying their announcements as we speak.

Based on the info above, are these steps in the right direction for Sony? What do you think of the PS4's specs so far?

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