Rumor: Sony “confident” PS4 out before next Xbox

Xbox Next to employ "always-on" DRM, says source.

Sony is “confident” that the PlayStation 4 will reach the market before Microsoft’s successor to the Xbox 360, according to a report by VG247

Citing an undisclosed source, the gaming enthusiast website was reportedly told that the system will launch before Christmas 2013 – the period in which Microsoft’s next console is rumored to launch.

The site was also told that Sony “are completely in the belief that they have the jump on Microsoft this time,” and that people should note the order of next-year’s E3 press briefings.

Another source told the site that all next-generation platforms will be released by 2014. They also said that “top line publishers already know about it,” referencing Ubisoft as an example, and that the majority of developers will be in the know by the end of this year.

Additional information will be disclosed to developers under a non-disclosure agreement in May.

It is also rumored that Sony will abandon a custom-built API for the platform, instead opting to use DirectX coupled with AMD hardware. The company is said to be creating a development environment similar to the PC and Xbox.

Sony reportedly intends for the PlayStation 4 and Vita to connect in a manner similar to the Wii-U and its touchscreen controller, with the company altering the handheld’s launch hardware for this very purpose.

Recent rumors have said the PlayStation 4 is codenamed “Orbis,” and would launch with an anti-used games system and require a net connection to play games.

Xbox Next specs

VG247 also reports that Microsoft’s next system is to have a Blu-ray drive and will require an “always-on” internet connection for anti-piracy measures.

Said to be powered by AMD hardware, according to a source, the console will have two GPUs and a “four or six” core CPU. Two of which will be reserved: one for the operating system; one for Kinect.

A next-gen iteration of Kinect will also be built into the system.

The report echoes a Kotaku rumor from late January.

Whilst one source claims that both platforms will be revealed at E3 2012, Microsoft’s Cedrick Delmas and Sony’s Kazuo Hirai have both denied the appearance of new hardware this year.

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