VG247 has posted news that they have received word from multiple sources, stating that new Playstation 4 development kits are currently in the process of being sent out to developers, with the final version of the PS4 hardware expected to be sent out in January 2013.
There are rumoured to be four versions of the development kits being sent out. The version shipping now is essentially a "modified PC" with the rough final spec one being sent out in January 2013.
Select US developers have attended a "disclosure meeting" at Sony's offices during the week with more meetings planned for the coming weeks. The purpose of these meetings is for Sony to tell the development studios what the next Playstation has been designed to do, show off hardware and other presentations.
VG247's source stated that Sony has only been calling the machine, Orbis, the project codename, and has not being using 'Playstation 4' in any of the meetings.
The "ultimate goal" for the hardware, VG247 were told, is for the next console to be able to run 1080p 60fps games in 3D with "no problem," to create a machine that's powerful enough for 'today and tomorrow's market'. Apparently, the current dev kits have either 8Gb or 16Gb of RAM.
The source also states that Sony is trying to create an launch affordable machine this time round, therefor avoiding the problems surrounding the Playstation 3 back in 2007.