A few days ago, Kotaku released details that a new PlayStation was on its way soon and that its codename was “Orbis.” Reports have also stated that the system might release towards the end of 2013, which would be contrary to what Sony CEO Kaz Hirai said earlier this year at CES.
He openly claimed that Sony plans on getting 10 years out of the current PlayStation 3. The evidence that Kotaku is claiming is that several unnamed “reliable sources” that worked for “select developers” have been receiving dev kits for the PS3’s successor with a codename Orbis. Although that’s not the only thing that Kotaku’s source has reported.
Apparently, user will not have the ability to play PS3 games on the new system. Not only that, but gamers who regularly purchase used games will have to pay extra fees to play the full game.
Another Kotaku source has stated “the Orbis will likewise have some kind of anti-used games measures built into the console” and that “It’s believed used games will be limited to a trial mode or some other form of content restriction, with consumers having to pay a fee to unlock/register the full game.”
That sounds similar to the rumors surrounding the Xbox 720 and the fact that not only might they remove the ability to play used games, but they might go disc-less as well.
I’m not too sure if this is the best idea. Yes, I do understand that publishers and developers feel like they are getting somewhat undercut on profits, but used games is a big part of the industry. What will that mean for services like Gamefly?
In regards to the backwards compatibility, Sony has already received backlash from the PS3 when they removed that ability. Why would they do it again? My hope is that these rumors are just that and nothing more.