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PlayStation Orbis Specifications Put To The Test

With still over a year to go until the next generation console from Sony is released, speculation is rampant. With that in mind, the guys at Official PlayStation Magazine (OPM) have built a small PC based around rumoured specifications for the PlayStation Orbis.

There have been reports that the PS4 will utilise off the shelf components, including an AMD processor and a Radeon 7000 series graphics chip. To that end, OPM put together some hardware and benchmarked it to see how capable the next-gen Sony console might be.

The two big specifications hinted at being in the Orbis are:

  • Processor: AMD A8 3850
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon 7670

This does mean that the PS4 would be able to compute DirectX 11 features such as tessellation (a boon for the graphics lovers out there) but the mid-range GPU is far from powerful - especially when compared with some of the newly released Kepler cards from Nvidia. The processor is similarly unimpressive, though its pricing could allow for Sony to be very competitive with its next generation system.

Despite these worries though, the pseudo-PS4 that OPM put together was able to handle Skyrim with the new high-res texture update at over 30 frames per second, likewise in Bulletstorm. In each of the test videos, there was also a noticeable difference between the graphical quality of the PlayStation 3 and the interpretation of its successor.

Image source: OPM (opens in new tab)

Dipping his toes into almost everything that could be labeled 'nerdy' in his free time, Jon has been writing about technology for over half a decade. While mainly focusing on PC hardware thoughout this time, today he's more varied, covering everything from gaming to general electronics, industry perspectives and consoles. As well as writing for different sites, Jon enjoys wargaming, reading and PC gaming, hoping to balance out these geeky pastimes with fire spinning and MMA.