There’s a new rumour today that the PS3′s successor is codenamed Orbis. When we consider this with the confirmed codename of Durango for the next Xbox 360 and the as-far-as-we-know final name for the Wii U, it’s going to be one funny E3 this year for video game system names.
The rumours currently peg the Durango and Orbis for a late 2013 launch, so it would make sense if they were at least announced in some form at this year’s E3. How Microsoft plans to get around the Mexican state/Dodge SUV/Ford Truck association with their codename is anybody’s guess, but Sony isn’t far behind in the awkward codename choosing game. Orbis already has 16 entries on Wikipedia for everything from a German municipality to a few different book publishers. Perhaps the Wii U name isn’t sounding so bad now after all, considering the even less origianal alternatives.
Any way you look at it though, there’s going to be a lot of people looking very silly talking about the Durango Vs. the Orbis’ graphics pretty soon if all the rumours are to be believed, so start getting used to the names now or you’ll be left behind in the early 2000s with your silly names like Xbox and Playstation.