Rumor: PS4 pretty much a PC in terms of architecture

By on March 1, 2012

Sony could be moving to x86 processor architecture for new console.

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Sources close to Digital Foundry claims that Sony’s new home console, the PlayStation 4, is “essentially a PC” in terms of architecture and design.

The report says that Sony will be moving away from the Cell processor, as rumored earlier, and instead is partnering up with AMD to produce a system similar to an x86 PC.

“It’s not about exotic, groundbreaking hardware anymore, it’s all about creating the best possible games machine with an enviable set of development tools – and it’s an approach that has already yielded results,” he wrote. “While PlayStation Vita may lack a stand-out killer app, I still think that it’s set the bar in terms of overall quality and quantity over and above any console launch I’ve seen in over 21 years in the business. Extrapolating that same philosophy towards PlayStation 4 makes a PC-style approach to Sony’s next console seem very likely indeed.”

This will more likely spawn an AMD Fusion chip variant for the console, if true, and while we haven’t seen any impressive solutions from AMD as of yet, it’s upcoming A10 Trinity promises just what’s needed.


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