Rumor: Sources Leak PS4 Specs
We almost don't want the real PlayStation 4 images to arrive; this fake mock-up is just so futuristic and bizarre.
Sources continue to leak information about Sony's new console (provided you choose to believe the unofficial sources), and the latest inside source has evidently revealed the (estimated) processing specifications for Sony's new machine.
The PS4, possibly code-named "Orbis," may boast custom chips based on AMD's A8-3850 APU and Radeon HD 7670 GPU, which offers "the combined performance of both integrated and discrete graphics processors." That A8-3850 should feature a quad-core 2.9GHz processor with an integrated graphics chip, while the "APU will work in tandem with the system's dedicated GPU, the HD 7670, a DirectX 11-enabled card clocked to 1GHz with up to 1GB of dedicated VRAM." ...yeah, lots of numbers there.
Some of you may remember that the HD 7670 is the same card that will supposedly be used in the new Xbox, with the current assumption now being that in terms of power, the two consoles could be very equally matched. The chip will also support HDMI 1.4a output, which would be necessary for the PS4's rumored 4k output. The interesting part about this information is the "secondary GPU provided by the APU:"
"Onboard the A8-3850 is an HD 6550D, which makes the APU capable of running games at baseline specs and lower resolutions without the help of a discrete GPU. When the APU is paired with the HD 7670, however, Sony will be able to utilize an asymmetrical CrossFire configuration to share the load of realtime graphics processing."
This all being said, the sources in question say changes could be made before the machine is on store shelves and in fact, according to the update, the parts "are being custom tooled for the console." In other words, "exact specs may vary." Now, if any of our more technically inclined readers out there want to analyze the details provided, feel free.
Me, I just play games. :)
4/4/2012 8:39:27 PM Ben Dutka