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PS4 and Xbox 720 Graphics Specs Toe-to-Toe, Says Insider

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The PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 will be on par with each other on a graphics level.

IGN reports that the PlayStation 4, aka Orbis, may feature custom chips based on AMD's A8-3850 APU and Radeon HD 7670 discrete GPU. According to the APU's off-the-shelf specs, it packs a quad-core 2.9 GHz processor an an integrated HD 6550D graphics core. The APU will work in tandem with the dedicated HD 7670 GPU which is clocked up to 1 GHz, supports DirectX 11, and is accompanied by 1 GB of dedicated VRAM.

On a discrete graphics level, sources say that the PlayStation 4 will be "toe-to-toe" with Microsoft's Xbox 720, as the latter console will reportedly use AMD's HD 6670 card. The HD 7670 is actually a re-branding of last year's HD 6670 featuring the same specs across the board. It's an entry-level GPU by today's standards, costing around $74.99 USD, but capable of cranking out just over 30 FPS in Metro 2033 and Crysis 2 with the settings at high and the resolution cranked up to 1920 x 1080.

The PlayStation 3 will reportedly have the edge over Microsoft's new console thanks to the APU's built-in graphics core. But performance will likely be better on both systems because of their lightweight operating system and games that are optimized for one specific hardware set. Like Apple's iOS, game studios tend to gravitate to consoles because it's cheaper to develop thanks to a limited number of hardware sets, and because they simply generate better revenue.

Previous reports indicated that the PlayStation 4 will feature two GPUs, but they would work separately instead of in CrossFire mode. Yet this latest rumor makes more sense, as the discrete HD 7670 GPU and the HD 6550D graphics core in the APU can still work together in rendering detailed visuals on the fly. The HD 6550D will likely run games at baseline specs and lower resolutions without the need for the discrete HD 7670 GPU. But when heavy rendering is needed, both will be in use.

Naturally this is all speculation based on stock AMD components. However Sony is reportedly using custom chips, and could change its plans before the system reportedly goes on sale next year.

If anything, all this AMD talk could mean that both consoles will be more PC-like than ever before. As previously reported, the new Xbox's OS will be based on Windows 8, making it one of many screens across a wide Windows 8 platform. But with Sony wanting the same "One Sony" platform experience, what will the PlayStation 4 bring? Are both companies finally erasing the line between console and desktop PC? Will we finally see full mouse and keyboard support in our shooters?

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    pacioli , April 6, 2012 4:43 PM
    WoW! So the graphics will only be four years behind PCs on the 2014 release date... Now this is progress...
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    hellfire24 , April 6, 2012 4:55 PM
    a $700-$800 pc would kill both of them!
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    supall , April 6, 2012 5:26 PM
    Interesting... I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but its great to see that AMD is going to be providing the graphics and even CPU chips. Obviously, this means that PCs will still be more powerful than their console counterparts. However, because AMD is providing the chips, does that mean we'll have more AMD-optimized games in the future, especially when it comes to console ports?
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  • 44 Hide
    pacioli , April 6, 2012 4:43 PM
    WoW! So the graphics will only be four years behind PCs on the 2014 release date... Now this is progress...
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    alchemy69 , April 6, 2012 4:45 PM
    If the Playstation 3 has the edge on Microsoft's new console then there's something very wrong somewhere.
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    inerax , April 6, 2012 4:47 PM
    :(  makes me sad.
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    dimar , April 6, 2012 4:49 PM
    What about all the stuff that I bought on PSN? Will it compatible with PS4? Or Sony will make us buy it all over again?
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    A Bad Day , April 6, 2012 4:49 PM
    pacioliWoW! So the graphics will only be four years behind PCs on the 2014 release date... Now this is progress...


    And then will be only more than a decade behind PCs when their successors arrive at around mid 2020s.
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    junnyeen , April 6, 2012 4:52 PM
    Are they learning from the Wii with outdated graphics? Luckily there's no system that will outperform it in comparison (excluding PCs)
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    hellfire24 , April 6, 2012 4:55 PM
    a $700-$800 pc would kill both of them!
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    gamerk316 , April 6, 2012 4:56 PM
    I tried to tell everyone that the next consoles would use mid-tier components currently in production to lower costs. So I told you so.
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    Inferno1217 , April 6, 2012 5:00 PM
    Sad indeed. My ASUS G73JH will still beat the "NEXT GEN" consoles.
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    AsTheDeath , April 6, 2012 5:08 PM
    Rumours! Ah well, we'll see when they are released. If it's true, it'd be a sad thing indeed considering most PC gamers already own better hardware than that, but due to console development we'll still have to spend a lot of money to be able to run badly-optimized console ports.

    It'd be a good thing if both became more PC-like, though, because especially the quality of PS3 ports should go up if it's easier to develop for. Also, it just might make the PC first and then adapt for consoles approach more viable - which would make everyone happy. But that's just wishful thinking.
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    ramon1 , April 6, 2012 5:11 PM
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    The PlayStation 3 will reportedly have the edge over Microsoft's new console thanks to the APU's built-in graphics core.


    Such a badly written article, furthermore, the rumor is that it's the next box the one which will have two GPUs, not the PS4.
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    CaedenV , April 6, 2012 5:14 PM
    So... You need a PC anyways, because consoles still will not run Office and many other necessary functionality programs, so instead of buying a seperate $500 console why not just add $3-500 to your PC budget?
    You can emulate all of your old games as far back as the original NES/ATARI, and play all of the modern games with higher settings, with higher frame rates, better textures, better filtering, and still have the option of a USB controller if that strikes your fancy.
    I'm really unclear as to how these consoles sell so well...
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    kawininjazx , April 6, 2012 5:21 PM
    To build a new console for under $400, it is going to have to use older hardware, not to mention it takes a long time to develop a console. You can't just put in the newest GPU at the last second.

    Think about this, would you be able to run a game like Gears of War 3 on a PC with a Celeron Dual-Core, 512mb ram, and an Nvidia 7600 512mb? No, but on a console you can, that's pretty much what a 360 is.
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    Marco925 , April 6, 2012 5:23 PM
    junnyeenAre they learning from the Wii with outdated graphics? Luckily there's no system that will outperform it in comparison (excluding PCs)

    Wii seemed to do just fine with outdated graphics. it's not everything.
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    supall , April 6, 2012 5:26 PM
    Interesting... I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but its great to see that AMD is going to be providing the graphics and even CPU chips. Obviously, this means that PCs will still be more powerful than their console counterparts. However, because AMD is providing the chips, does that mean we'll have more AMD-optimized games in the future, especially when it comes to console ports?
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    Anonymous , April 6, 2012 5:30 PM
    If they sell them at a loss like in the past they would be about $200 each or $150 if they give you an option to download all games and eliminate the disk drive.
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    soccerplayer88 , April 6, 2012 5:32 PM
    caedenvSo... You need a PC anyways, because consoles still will not run Office and many other necessary functionality programs, so instead of buying a seperate $500 console why not just add $3-500 to your PC budget?You can emulate all of your old games as far back as the original NES/ATARI, and play all of the modern games with higher settings, with higher frame rates, better textures, better filtering, and still have the option of a USB controller if that strikes your fancy.I'm really unclear as to how these consoles sell so well...


    The average console user most likely just wants something that works. They don't want to troubleshoot any misc problems that may arise with Windows. To put it bluntly, console *only* users are dumb or inexperienced to put it nicely.

    That said. It looks like the PC games will be held back due to consoles, once again. FFS Microsoft and Sony.
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    dragonsqrrl , April 6, 2012 5:32 PM
    So according to the rumors the GPU in the Wii U will be basically on par, if not faster than the GPU's in the PS4 and next XBox? Except the Wii U will be coming out at least a year ahead of the other two consoles.

    The HD6670 leak for the next XBox has been floating around for a while now without revision, so I'm assuming there's probably some truth to it. Last I checked the HD4870 outperforms the HD6670 in practically every benchmark out there. I guess we'll have to wait for final specs, but at least in comparison to their desktop counterparts, the Wii U seems to be at least on par in terms of discrete graphics performance.
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