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PlayStation 4 Announced: PC-based AMD Hardware Inside

As expected, Sony used its PlayStation 'See the Future' event to show off the next generation of PlayStation, also known as the PlayStation 4. In a radical departure from the rather "unique" system designs that Sony's employed in the past, PS4 seems to be largely designed around existing PC technology.

Sony says that the PS4 has been in development for five years, which is a bit surprising as the PS4 is based on x86 architecture with 8 cores, an integrated GPU, and 8GB of shared GDDR5 RAM. Sony used the word APU, which gives us pretty good confirmation that it's AMD inside. The graphical portion of the APU is said to deliver almost 2 TFLOPS of performance. The 8GB of unified memory is shared between the CPU and GPU and supplies over 170GB/s of bandwidth.

For storage, Sony is relying on a "large" local HDD, so it seems that capacity is preferred over an SSD's speed. There's also a brand new DualShock 4 controller with a curvier shape, enhanced rumble capabilities, a touchpad, a share button, and a headphone jack.

UPDATE2: AMD has published a blog talking a little bit more about its involvement with the PS4. Details are very light, but we'll let you know when we have more.

UPDATE1: More hardware specs:

Main ProcessorSingle-chip custom processorCPU :  x86-64 AMD "Jaguar",  8 cores GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS,  AMD next-generation Radeon™ based graphics engine
MemoryGDDR5 8GB
Hard Disk DriveBuilt-in
Optical Drive(read only)BD 6xCAV DVD 8xCAV
I/OSuper-Speed USB (USB 3.0) 、AUX
CommunicationEthernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)IEEE 802.11 b/g/nBluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)
AV outputHDMIAnalog-AV outDigital Output (optical)

<Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 (DUALSHOCK®4)>

External DimensionsApprox. 162mm x 52mm x 98mm (width x height x depth)(tentative, excludes largest projection)
WeightApprox. 210g (tentative)
Keys / SwitchesPS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button,Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square),R1/L1/R2/L2 button, Left stick / L3 button, Right stick / R3 button, Pad Button
Touch Pad2 Point Touch Pad, Click Mechanism, Capacitive Type
Motion SensorSix-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
Other FeaturesLight Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker
PortsUSB (Micro B), Extension Port, Stereo Headset Jack
Wireless CommunicationBluetooth® Ver2.1+EDR
BatteryTypeBuilt-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery
VoltageDC3.7V (tentative)
Capacity1000mAh (tentative)

<PlayStation®4 Eye>

External DimensionApprox. 186mm x 27mm x 27mm (width x height x depth) (tentative)
WeightApprox. 183g (tentative)
Video Pixel(Maximum) 1280 x 800 pixel x 2
Video Frame Rate1280x800 pixel @ 60fps640x400 pixel @ 120fps320x192 pixel @ 240fps
Video FormatRAW, YUV (uncompressed)
LensDual Lenses, F value/F2.0 fixed focus
Capture Range30cm~∞
Field-of-View85°
Microphone4 Channel Microphone Array
Connection TypePS4 dedicated connector (AUX connector)
Cable LengthApprox. 2m (tentative)

Console hardware and controller aside, PS4 is going to be a pretty different experience compared to the PS3. For one, users will be able to broadcast their gaming to their friends who can post comments and offer help on how to get past particularly challenging portions of the game. PS4 will also allow you to play games as you download them and a feature called Remote Play will enable PS4 games on PS Vita (Sony this evening demonstrated Knack on PS4 and streamed to PS Vita). PS1, PS2, and PS3 games will be supported in that they'll be streamed from the cloud.

No pricing yet, and the only word in availability is "Holiday 2013." We don't even know what the console itself looks like, so there's still plenty more to come.

If you want to watch the entire presentation to see all the game demos, click here. Also check out our PS4 games recap.

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  • TheBigTroll
    for about 2teraflops on the GPU, id say we are getting 7850-7870 performance in terms of speed. pretty good
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  • what about backwards compatibility?
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  • j2j663
    I know I am not up with my PS4 rumors and news but they can't really be putting an APU in it can they? I mean APUs are great but they are barley middle of the road when it comes to graphics capabilities.
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  • dudewitbow
    TheBigTrollfor about 2teraflops on the GPU, id say we are getting 7850-7870 performance in terms of speed. pretty good

    I'd be wary of actual performance rated in teraflops. its hard to say what it really is as these are modified/custom gpus, and in this case, IGPU as well. The fact that its 8 cores, and the term APU was used, means that AMD must have created a new type of apu for the PS4, so its up in the airs of what it can really do.
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  • itzsnypah
    I am disappointed, the best APU's can only play 720p smoothly. Oh and there is no such thing as an 8core APU. I really hope this playstation only lasts a few years, because I don't want to have another 8ish years where graphics in games don't improve. It's obvious that they don't have a power limit so why didn't they use dedicated graphics? Also who the hell needs a touchscreen controller?
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  • TheBigTroll
    10438661 said:
    I am disappointed, the best APU's can only play 720p smoothly. Oh and there is no such thing as an 8core APU. I really hope this playstation only lasts a few years, because I don't want to have another 8ish years where graphics in games don't improve. It's obvious that they don't have a power limit so why didn't they use dedicated graphics? Also who the hell needs a touchscreen controller?

    the odds are that its a custom APU, it will be much more powerful than your apus found in the fm2 socket
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  • samal90
    AMD is probably developing a special APU just for the PS4. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a kaveri APU in there. It would actually be nice. Since we still don't have an 8 core apu in the mainstream market, i'd say that APU will be reserved for the PS4 only with special optimizations. I wonder if it will still have a dedicated GPU for virtual crossfire with the APU GPU. that would give great performance.
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  • Netherscourge
    Not big on the HDD thing, but the rest looks good.

    It actually sounds more like a gaming PC than the Xbox 360 does now, which is ironic.
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  • TheBigTroll
    well you cant expect a SSD that quickly. they still arent cheap enough to employ.
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  • blazorthon
    NetherscourgeNot big on the HDD thing, but the rest looks good.It actually sounds more like a gaming PC than the Xbox 360 does now, which is ironic.
    The original Xbox was based on PC hardware too IIRC.
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