4:45 pm EDT, March 28, 2012

Rumor: Next PlayStation codenamed Orbis, no PS3 or used game support

Despite Sony denying a new PlayStation will be unveiled anytime soon, rumors are swirling that the next console may not support PlayStation 3 or used games and that it could see release as soon as 2013.

Kotaku claims to have received inside information from a source that says the working name of Sony’s next gaming console is the Orbis and that it will not be backwards compatible with PlayStation 3 titles or play used games.

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Microsoft’s next-generation console, codenamed Durango, is also rumored to eliminate used game support.

Blu-ray discs and digital downloads will be tied to a single PlayStation Network account.

The source claims developers are being told to plan for the use of an AMD x64 CPU and an AMD Southern Islands GPU, which would be capable of producing images at a 4096×2160 resolution, in excess of the needs of most current HDTV sets, as well as full 1080p for 3D games.

“Select developers” are reportedly already receiving dev kits for the Orbis, according to Kotaku’s source. This would give Sony’s top teams enough time to work on titles for the proposed 2013 launch.

If any of this turns out to be true, how do you think Sony’s next console is shaping up?

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