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Playstation®4 System Hardware

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December 20, 2012 2:08:54 PM

Hi all..

Well According to VG247 :

It seams that the Playstation 4 hardware components mostly has been revealed

It is said that this time Sony will use a x86 processor, instead of the Cell processor used on PS3, it would be a modified AMD A10 series APU [ even the first generation i7 of intel are faster than that !!]

the site didn't mention anything about a video card, but it seams that rumors said it would be a 7 series ATI, and probably a modified version of the ATI HD 7670

some additional info about how many rams inside, some said to be 8 GB or 16 GB, and it will be standard for storage 256 GB [no body knows if it is HDD or SDD]

we have many questions here guys, help me if u know the answer plz :)  !

-first it seams that the APU won't be that tough as long as there are many processors now are better that this, as contrary, ps3 cell processor was a beast when it was released beyond pc processors, am i correct about that ?!

-second, jumping from the cell processor technology to the x86 architecture, would it be easier to port games from PS4 to PC , i mean more easier than the PS3 ?!

-third, if it is an x86 architecture design has been used on a console, so what differs it from a normal PC then ?! i mean - referring my knowledge and i might be wrong - the cell processor that in ps3 was for a dedicated purpose only and can't do many stuff like any pc processors, but jumping to x86 architecture, it will give PS4 potential to run as a PC, as long that design architecture is based on multi purpose use...right ?!!

Thx alot,

Best regards :) 
December 20, 2012 2:12:16 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Video Games by Mousemonkey
December 20, 2012 2:43:10 PM

Makes sense, they can crossfire IGP from A10 with HD7670. This was probably done under pressure from game developers so they can port games between PC/XBox/PS4 more easily (no silly optimizations for Cell CPU).
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December 20, 2012 4:08:48 PM

1. Probably yes. Though I wouldn't say that the cell CPU was a beast.

2. Most probably yes.

3. A processor can do all tasks - the architecture just tells how it does it. Cell processor was a fully capable processor that could be used for computations (although, not very effectively :D ). The difference from normal PC will be the operating system.
December 20, 2012 5:38:37 PM

Well u mean ps4 as it is a x86 architecture , could run a manipulated version of let's say Microsoft Windows 7 just as a normal pc ?

i know this is possible on ps3 as well, but it will took more time and effort to make a birth of such a manipulation , because of the architecture differences

i ask this in term of making sure porting games would be easy, not only from ps4 to pc, but inverse as well
December 20, 2012 5:49:32 PM

Doubt it. Can you run Android on iPhone or vice versa? Both use ARM architecture CPUs.
December 20, 2012 6:09:40 PM

Well, i think yes it's possible , i saw both of those ports on both devices on You Tube , and tell u what, i use a Nokia N9 as a phone, it runs MeeGo, and i recently installed a manipulated port of android jelly bean called NitDroid 4.1.3

yes it's a poor port but what it lacks is the number of developpers on that project
December 20, 2012 6:20:33 PM

Well, the fact that android is an open source OS means that it can be ported. However, windows is not, and that means there will be zero developers.