Sony Thinking Of Using PS3 Cell Processor In PlayStation 4?
Much has been made about the super powerful Cell processor that is featured in Sony's PlayStation 3; going strictly by the numbers, it makes the console the most powerful system on the market. However, is it powerful enough to sustain the next generation as well as this one?
GameCyte points us in the direction of Japanese tech news site PC Watch, which reports that as a "cost-saving measure," Sony has started to "seriously consider" basing their next console on the same Cell processor that currently resides within the PS3 architecture. PC Watch doesn't cite any official sources, but they say Sony is quietly talking to numerous developers to get their feedback on the idea. The site believes that although Sony would eventually want to move past the Cell, they may want to get the most out of that impressive piece of technology. Most developers will tell you they currently have no way of tapping into all the potential the Cell affords, so perhaps putting it into the PlayStation 4 isn't a bad idea. Then again, if the PS3 really has a 10-year lifespan - Sony has been saying that since the console's inception - isn't that enough time to harness any and all hidden power...?
Or, and this is another possibility, that 10-year lifespan may only apply to the Cell and not to the PS3. Perhaps the PS4 is closer than we think, simply because Sony plans to use the already-established technology in the new machine. After all, we hear Microsoft is planning to release the next Xbox in only three or four years time. Plus, that Cell processor took a fortune to create and produce and it wouldn't be surprising to learn that Sony wants to wring even more profit out of that little chip. It'll be interesting to see what transpires, at any rate.
9/30/2008 Ben Dutka