Sony has sent out brand new PS4 development kits to publishers, according to VG247, alongside new details about the final hardware.
Referred to as Orbis, the PS3 successor will support Blu-ray, will not be built in Japan, and will be "very affordable, but no slouch".
It will be powered by something similar to AMD's A10 Accelerated Processing Unit, which will enable the machine to run 1080p games at 60fps in 3D with "no problem".
The machine will ship with a 256Gb hard drive "as standard", and feature similar connectivity and HDMI input/outputs to the PS3.
Sony will, however, revamp the user-interface, allowing users to seamlessly transport in and out of games by pressing the PS button.
DLC, for example, can be purchased mid-game and played instantly upon returning from the store.
System and title updates, meanwhile, will be delivered as background downloads, although users will have the option to disable this function in the settings screen.
The current development kits are said to resemble modified PCs, with improved kits likely to ship in January.
Sony will reportedly announce their next-generation console at an event prior to next year's E3 Gaming Expo.
It was recently reported that Sony's next console would feature 4K resolution support in line with a rumoured new range of Sony TVs.
Additional hardware details were leaked earlier this year, while EA's Frank Gibeau revealed that he had seen both the PS4 and new Xbox, and suggested that the consoles would introduce gaming to a further billion people.
Upcoming PS3 games include Puppeteer, Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us.
Watch a trailer for The Last of Us below: