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Rumor: Sony Chooses IBM Power7 CPU for PlayStation 4 in 2012

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264w ago - According to Dutch site PS3Clan.nl (linked above), Sony is rumored to have selected IBM's Power7 CPU for their next-generation console tentatively called the PlayStation 4.

Below are a few fan-made concept pictures of what the PS4 could look like when it allegedly debuts in 2012, as well as a rough translation which states "it is a rumor, and not confirmed by Sony."

To quote: "After earlier reports about the new GPU for PlayStation 4 Sony is now told that the IBM Power CPU 7 has selected the next generation console the PlayStation 4.

"We can officially reveal in this world exclusive that SCEI has officially chosen IBM's currently in development [Register or Login to view links] architecture for it's PlayStation 4 system, currently scheduled for a 2012 worldwide release.

IBM shall debut POWER7 for the server market in the summer of 2010. The PlayStation 4 shall use a cost effective version of the architecture custom designed for Sony's specific needs.

The only information FGNOnline currently has available regarding specifications and performance is that the PS4 implementation of the chip shall use 6-8 cores, 24-32MB shared L3 Cache, Quad threading per core, and a double precision performance approaching 200GFLOPS.

The CELL chip which powers the PS3 is capable of 15 double precision GFLOPS. The CELL chip which powers the PS3 is capable of 15 GFLOPS double precision. This would give the PS4 a performance leap of over 10 fold over it's predecessor.

Interestingly, the primary reason IBM cancelled development on the CELL based PoweXcell 8i is because of SCEI's change of stance. The company wanted to move away from the exotic architecture employed for the PS3 to a more traditional architecture favored by third party developers.

As displayed by it's choice of processors, the server based POWER7 and the TBDR based PowerVR 6, SCEI once again has sights set for performance leadership in the next round."

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#4 - mihaiolimpiu - 264w ago
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If any major console brand is going to announce a NEXT gen console it would spell doom for their business...
Even if it's true I'm sure 2014 is not the release year... It's a lot of factors to take into consideration...
BLU-RAY is enough for new console??
What video card...
Market saturation...? as we can see the PS2 is still going strong...

It's still 4 years ahead, but at the curent state of things advancing, The graphics in PS3 and Xbox 360 still seems to be enough... we shall see!

Sorry wanted to say that: 2012 is NOT the release year! it could not be!

#3 - PS3 News - 264w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by CyanCaze View Post
"This would give the PS4 a performance leap of over 10 fold over it's predecessor." Is posted twice.

Fixed.. gotta love Google Translate.
Quote Originally Posted by cfwprophet View Post
And i couldnt believe that the next gen of sonys console should be released to 2012.

I also think 2012 is way too early for a PS4 though... is anyone really ready for one? I bet it will cost like $800+ on launch.

It seems like they are just touching the surface of what the PS3 can do, so if I had to speculate I'd say 2014 or beyond would be a better year to target for a PS4 release.

#2 - cfwprophet - 264w ago
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Sounds interesting. And i couldnt believe that the next gen of sonys console should be released to 2012.

If you give a comparison to games that are available for x360 and PS3 and make after that a comparison to Sony exclusively titles than they look better but not that you could say: Yes this are 7 sub cores running!!!

Sure the devs always claiming: We are useing the whole power of the machine. But thats most likely commercial BS.Games like MGS4, KillZone2, FFXIII and so on was allready finished to the beginning of the PS3.

Sony have to delay this games becouse other devers just started and couldnt mach there quality.So this games are OLD games.Could some one imaging that to this time now the PS3 maybe use 60-70% of available power?

This also means that a release for a next gen sony console could never be the year 2012.

Beside that how profitable will it be to release new technologie like the new motion cam and motion controller along with the 3D TV gaming via googles in the year 2010 if you just 1 1/2 to max two years later will release a new console?

Thats BS!! I assume that this new technology will be available to the summer of 2010.Then devs will start to release 3DTV games.If we are lucky to christmas time in 2010 we will have 20 3DTV games or so.

There are 3-5 years more to exite this new techology.And what about new engines like the Crytek engine? This engine could lead into new games with such amazing gfx that for the next 3-5 years we dont really need a new console.

By the way im sure that some devers already working with this engine.But till a game will apear based on cryteks baby we will have to wait a few years.At least two years im guess.But wait... this will be then 2012!!

Does we really need a new gen to the year 2012?

Oh yea maybe Nintendo need a new con to 2012 becouse the Wii is the last bs and since sony and m$ will use new motion technology, ninty could loos ground.

But i mean that both m$ and sony doesnt have to fear about ninty.Even if big-n release a new con to 2012 both m$ and sony could quickly change there new hardware and make it a little bit better then the counterparts one.

Look @ the PS3.M$ thought that they must release first to be the first in market.And what they got?A hacked drive with CFW.What did sony? They changed the way there console work and implemented the BD FW into the PS3 FW.So even if you could hack the drive you also have to change the FW from the PS3 itself to match the hacked BD FW and this makes the drive hacking totally useless.

Point for sony and what if the hacker of the xbox scene would have wait till the ps3 would be released?

-Stop, Peace and good Night- cfwprpht

#1 - CyanCaze - 264w ago
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"This would give the PS4 a performance leap of over 10 fold over it's predecessor." Is posted twice.


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