updated 02:45 pm EDT, Fri March 30, 2012
PS4/Orbis may get Kinect-like gaming features
The rumored PlayStation Orbis, a codename for the upcoming PlayStation 4, may use a Kinect-like motion sensor to track gamers, according to images posted online at design firm Coque. The illustrations have since been pulled, but have been saved by original rumor source Kotaku and embedded below. The PlayStation Eye, an accessory for the current PS3 console, already has tracking capabilities, though it's not as advanced as the Kinect's sensors.
The illustrations were clearly labeled "Illustrations & Sketches for new PlayStation Orbis features" on Coque Design's site and also show a user with a touchscreen device that may act as a remote control for the gaming console. It could be a smartphone or other device being used as an ad hoc remote.
No other data has been revealed by these images, but earlier reports had the Orbis sporting a 64-bit, x86-based AMD processor and AMD Southern Island core-based (Radeon HD 7000 series) graphics. It may be capable of handling 4K resolution video games in 2D, as well as 3D effects up to 1080p resolution. The console, if real, isn't likely to get an official debut until sometime next year.