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AMD Chief Architect: "The PlayStation 4 Blew Me Away"

Okay, so because Sony sided with AMD for the next generation, AMD would undoubtedly have a little praise for the PlayStation 4.

But it still says a lot when AMD chief graphics product architect John Gustafson has such high praise for Sony's machine. He first said the new console really blew him away, and he did remind everyone that the Wii U has AMD chipsets as well. But he's obviously impressed with the PS4:

"It looks like they did an extremely good job of the engineering… The CPU and the GPU are on the same chip, which solves a lot of the problems (you don’t have to toss things over to a graphics card and try to get them back and forth)."

Gustafson further explained that he anticipates the next-gen physics engines on the PS4 "to be more realistic than we've ever seen before." Plus, with the 8GB of RAM, that will provide developers with extra breathing room when it comes to the design process. He concluded by saying the PS4 has great potential outside of gaming, especially if it were to be used as "some sort of server." Well, we all know the PS4 is much closer to a PC than any past PlayStation platform, a topic we've recently analyzed.

Most tech peeps really seem to like this thing, don't they?

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, amd, sony

4/10/2013 9:52:16 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (20 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 10:29:13 PM
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I'd like to at least see most games have physics as good as Uncharted 3, but that's probably not likely. One of the downsides of going with the PC architecture (in my non-techie opinion) is that the temptation for devs is to make things very pretty and ignore physics.

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Akuma07
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 4:45:11 AM

Actually, the first game that I know of that had amazing lifelike physics was Half Life 2 on PC.

We should be able to have more realistic physics than ever before.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 7:16:56 AM

Do you mean how the characters move and interact with the enivronment World?

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Cesar_ser_4
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 12:16:38 PM

This wouldn't happen if Sony had gone with Nvidia hehehe

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bruno_py
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 11:18:03 PM
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Some sort of server? Will It run Linux out of the box? :D

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gumbi
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 2:31:51 PM

Not likely... Not after the PS3 OtherOS fiasco. Would be pretty slick if we could though.

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Highlander
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 4:22:52 PM

X86 CPU with Radeon HD GPU, 8GB of RAM? Sure it can run Linux, it can run Windows too - assuming Sony wanted it to.

There's an additional CPU in the architecture of the PS4, it's ARM based, and they are using it to handle things like background downloads. It operates autonomously from the rest of the console. I would bet that it's duties include some form of security subsystem and will guard against that, but I suspect we will have to wait in order to find out.

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Killa Tequilla
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 12:01:24 AM
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Thank you, Sony.

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Qwarktast1c
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 3:59:52 AM
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with all this ram, can we get a better web browser?

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Karosso
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 9:42:28 AM

Ditto!
But I have a feeling the browser will be take out of the PS4 for good, it will most likely be fully app based :(

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___________
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 7:25:41 AM
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funny how he should mention physics, one of the areas where AMD REALLY lags behind Nvidia!
and the physX war thickens!
oh the ultimate irony.......

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firesoul453
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 11:19:16 AM
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AMD somehow won the gaming war and will be powering gaming on almost all platforms. I was expecting intel and nvidia to win but i'm not complaining. AMD computers are usually better than people think

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Highlander
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 4:20:23 PM
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I loved this part of the article...

"Since the PS4′s architecture is so similar to that of a high-end PC, once hackers get their hands on the actual console, I imagine it won’t be long before they find a way to..."

Though I think his definition of High end may be about 18 months out of date. I was particularly amused by this quote;
"It looks like they did an extremely good job of the engineering… The CPU and the GPU are on the same chip, which solves a lot of the problems (you don’t have to toss things over to a graphics card and try to get them back and forth)."

It's not that I feel I know more than he does, but it's a simple fact that the AMD APU that Sony is using is a member of a whole family of APU products that are all single chip solutions which include varying numbers of x86 CPU cores and GPU hardware on a single chip. So, his comment that appears to praise Sony's engineers for somehow getting both CPU and GPU onto the same chip seems curiously uninformed. I'm guessing that he's been a little mis-quoted and the source article applied it's own spin too.

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monkeypunch
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 1:21:20 PM

Are there any desktop x86 PCs that have APUs like this? It seems that the CPU + GPU on the same chip solves a huge bottle neck. But if I know my history correct, APUs first appeared on mobile devices. Wouldn't this marriage be beneficial to nonmobile devices, for example PCs? The PS4, could be the first x86 with an APU? Theoretically, it could run a Windows, Mac or Linux OS?

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Crabba
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 4:22:59 PM
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Let me know if Nvidia or Intel praises the PS4, then I'll be all ears... ;-)

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Simcoe
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 6:26:00 PM

I'm quite sure that once it is released they'll buy one of their own and perform their own "review" on the chip set. If there is any "praise" for it, I'm sure it'll stay "internal".

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Crabba
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 9:32:14 PM

Not much reviewing needed since it's all standard PC parts...

Point is AMD obviously has a vested interest in the PS4, so it's not exactly surprising to hear them "praise" the PS4, considering they're the manufacturer of the parts inside it.

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Simcoe
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 9:53:26 AM

I agree with the whole AMD thing you talk about (praising themselves). And I didn't mean that Intel or Nvidia would be interested in all aspects of the PS4's components. I just wanted to point out that (mainly) Nvidia would interested to know exactly how AMD customized the 7XXX chipset: "know thy enemy" as the saying goes! :-)

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ricksterj
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 11:07:55 AM
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Tout all you want....not sold til there's a price drop with a big hard drive.

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Id00urmomma
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 11:30:15 AM
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AMD focus is on chips, NVIDIA doesn't make chips, it uses Intel chips and makes video cards only. So of course NVIDIA can make better video cards than AMD, that is there only focus.

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