More on new Sony (SNE) PlayStation: The next PS is likely to include chips from AMD (AMD) as...

More on new Sony (SNE) PlayStation: The next PS is likely to include chips from AMD (AMD) as opposed to the "Cell chip" technology developed by IBM (IBM) and Toshiba (TOSBF.PK) that is used in the PS3, raising compatibility fears for existing games. Sony may also be ending its partnership with Nvidia (NVDA), the supplier of the graphics chip.

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  • SKS1586
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    Awesome news for AMD. Next Sony Play Station use of AMD Chips will act as a catalyst for AMD.
    1 Feb 2013, 06:00 AM Reply Like
  • AbundantCores
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    AMD are already in the new Nintendo Wii-U.
    Confirmed to be in Microsoft's new xBox


    Game developers received the PS4 (Orbis) months ago and confirmed it has an AMD APU.
    As to what specific hardware is in it is pure speculation.
    The consensus seems be an AMD Liverpool APU, currently such a thing does not exist, the rumour is 4 duel core module, 28nm. such a thing is on AMD's CPU road map, its the Steamrooler 8 core FX CPU, tho it does not exist as an APU which are 2 or 4 core CPU + the iGPU.
    Where those rumours get even more fantastic is they claim the APU's iGPU is an AMD Radeon 7950.
    To put that in to context that GPU is equivalent to Nvidia's GTX 670, its one step down from what is arguably the worlds fastest single core GPU, the 7970.
    If those rumours were true it would be more powerful than your 'average' gamers PC, while that singular APU chip would have a massive TDP / Power consumption, the 7950 has a 200 Watt TDP while the current AMD 8 core CPU has a 125 Watt TDP.
    The cooling requirements for such a chip would be, shall we say; exotic.
    If you want to know what i'm talking about, go to Newegg and search AMD Radeon 7950 and AMD FX-8350.


    So i just do not believe those rumours, what i do believe is that it will have 4 Steamrooler cores and something equivalent to an AMD Radeon 7770.
    Which would be a very many times more powerful than the PS3 and more than twice as powerful as the Nintendo Wii-U and the new xBox given they have much lesser GPU's, and its something that i can easily see AMD making, in fact something like that is coming for the Desktop and Laptop markets.


    Sony going with AMD this time makes sense, 1, because the IBM CPU's are not a fast as the AMD CPU's (for the job they need to do) while also being more expensive.
    2, AMD work with all game developers in game development, they are practically in partnership with EA.
    So the test bed, the hardware coming games are designed around is all AMD.
    While Nvidia also work with game developers they do it to suit themselves, they only do it when its for exclusive features like Physx.
    And i'm sorry, Nvidia fans, but developers do not like that, it makes no sense to them to lock out half of their potential customers from some features, thats why there are only 20 or so Nvidia Physx titles 'total' in the many years Nvidia have been trying to push Physx, and only one of those has it in any significance.
    1 Feb 2013, 06:30 AM Reply Like
  • Elem187
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    While yes it will be faster than the PS3, but only marginally.


    The PS3 sported a Radeon 2000 series equivalent, and with a Radeon 7000 series the ps4 is only going to be 2.5 or 3 times faster than the PS3, not exactly able to produce any kind of revolutionary or mind blowing visuals, as computers have been doing this already for a couple years now.


    The radeon 7000 while fast, is only marginally faster than the Radeon 6000 series found in the Wii U. I think if anyone is getting their hopes up for some massive leap in performance and visuals this "nextgen" will be sourly disappointed... the ps4/720 will maybe hit the level computers are enjoy today, and thats a big maybe, as computer today are just now starting to have the Radeon 8000 series available, which is the fastest and most advanced GPU to date.
    5 Feb 2013, 09:55 AM Reply Like
  • Elem187
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    Oh come on, the PS4 isn't going to be light years ahead of the PS3 in speed.


    i'm sorry but the jump this "generation" isn't going to be very large.. its going to be a babystep. if you are thinking the graphics are going to blow minds, you will be very disappointed.


    The ps4/720 will probably come close to what PC's are doing today, which while is great, but its nothign earth shattering over what the PS3, or 360 could do today.


    The same reason why console gamers didn't move to PC's yet is the same reason they will be hesitant to buy the ps4... the cost of upgrading for an improvement that is going to be minimal at worst and marginal at best will not justify it... otherwise these gamers would have moved on to PC's by now because PC's have been doing "next gen" for at least 3 years now.
    5 Feb 2013, 10:05 AM Reply Like
  • divtra
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    While it has been known for a while ever since the first development kits surfaced, it is nice to see the efforts that AMD has made in embedded space come to fruition. Also, AMD has repeatedly stated that they are focusing on embedded space and PS4 qualifies as that.


    These 3 design wins(Nintendo Wii U, Xbox720 and PS4) will provide some nice long term CF.
    1 Feb 2013, 10:01 AM Reply Like
  • Investor Llew
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    I'm not convinced that being in a Console is all that great considering that AMD had a large amount of presence normally and they still managed to do crappy in the market.
    1 Feb 2013, 11:15 AM Reply Like
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