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PlayStation.com Redirect Suggests PS4 Is Indeed The Final Name

Orbis? Just a codename.

Wednesdays are for the PSN Store Update. Everyone knows that. Whatever digitally distributed goodies you’re shelling out for preoccupy all your thoughts. So it’s not really a huge surprise that there hasn’t been much in the way of meaningful, interesting games news today.

On days like this, we have two options. We can either give up trying and just post bits and pieces like Sleeping Dogs and Hitman Absolution being cheap on PC at the moment or Bohemia Interactive making Arma Tactics for Nvidia Tegra things and putting mocap in it. Stuff that would barely warrant a sarcastic line from Tuffcub while he’s filling up Snatch. The other option is to mess about on the internet and uncover something odd, interesting and probably completely irrelevant.

We’ve plumped for the second option, because it’s more fun.

Visit http://us.playstation.com/ps4/ and it takes you to the PlayStation front page. Visit anything else, for example /ps5 or /orbis, and it doesn’t, you get a 404 error.

What can this trickery possibly mean? Well, apart from the fact that somebody at Sony knows how to set up a proper redirect, it strongly suggests that Orbis is out of the window and Sony are sticking to prior experience: the PS4 will be – wait for it – called the PS4.

Orbis, then, was just the codename, as we suspected.

Worth noting that /vita takes you, via another redirect, to the PlayStation Vita page, so Sony are definitely setting these up for a reason.

Curiously, /playstation4 doesn’t redirect, whereas /playstation3 does. It’s certainly a hugely deep and exciting way to spend an afternoon.

There were concerns that Sony might drop the ‘4’ due to superstitions in Japan, where the number is sometimes pronounced ‘shi’, which is also the word for death.

So, what do you think, dear readers? Is this a massive hint that the PlayStation 4 will be the, er, PlayStation 4 or is it just more evidence of an overactive imagination and a talent for procrastination? Does anyone really like the name “Orbis” anyway? And the most important question of all: can we go to the pub now?

Edit: Just spotted that someone on GAF has also found this earlier today.

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30 Comments
  1. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    “Stuff that would barely warrant a sarcastic line from Tuffcub while he’s filling up Snatch.” which is why there isn’t one today.

    PUB!

    Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 17:20.
    • JesseDeya
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      When did you you ever actually fill up snatch?

      Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 11:53.
  2. xdarkmagician
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    naming it anything else than the PS4 would be marketing suicide. And this way if it fails the japanese have an excuse.

    Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 17:22.
  3. djhsecondnature
    Since: Forever

    Nice spot. It could be a redirect from long ago to keep the page free or prepared but that’s unlikely.

    I’d be surprised if they don’t use PS4, regardless of the superstition in Japan – I think Sony realise they’re a global company now and that

    Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 17:22.
  4. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    I personally is willing to make a bet it won’t be called ps4 maybe in its homeland anyway.

    Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 17:25.
  5. Klart
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    When Roland (drum machine producer) made their machines in the eighties (202, 303, 808, 909,…) , they avoided the 404, since the sound for four, ‘chi’, is the same as the sound for death in Japanese. At that time it was therefore taboo and the 404 was never launched.

    Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 17:32.
    • McProley
      Member
      Since: Aug 2011

      Love the 808!

      Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 17:37.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        303 is better

        Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 17:44.
  6. cam the man
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    No surprise if Sony sticks with PS4.

    Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 17:36.
  7. Jakster123x
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    PS3-2?

    Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 18:40.
  8. MOVE
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Pretty sure it will be called PS4 but here is hoping for PlayStation Omni.

    Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 18:57.
  9. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    PS4 makes sense to keep the continuity rather than something totally different.
    On a side note, I picked up Gorman Absolution for 7 quid, hoping it’s good, it’s taking forever to download.

    Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 18:58.
    • gazzagb
      Master of speling mitakse
      Since: Feb 2009

      Gorman? Stupid autocorrect, I meant Hitman.

      Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 18:59.
      • aerobes
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        It’s awesome. First game in a long time I platinumed.

        Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 19:18.
      • blast71
        Member
        Since: May 2012

        Or gore! man! – when it’s a particularly bloody hit ;)

        Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 22:13.
  10. salvodaze
    Member
    Since: Dec 2012

    Well, I guess the Japanese will have to go with “yon” for this once. Let’s hope the Christian world won’t be around by ps13. Joking of course, I do not like religion though. Awkward.

    Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 18:59.

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