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

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265w 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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#24 - Pcsx2006 - 265w ago
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PS3 = BD
and maybe

i meant to say sony always launch their nextgen console WITH nextgen optical format i did'nt say that sony is the first company that uses nextgen optical format it could already been used by anyother hardware company.

#23 - semitope - 265w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by pcsx2006 View Post
If Sony ever releases PS4 it should be in 2015~2016 and the optical drive should be HVD bcz sony always launch there nextgen console with nextgen optical format.

From wikipedia:
Such large optical storage capacities compete favorably with the Blu-ray Disc format. However, holographic drives are projected to initially cost around US$15,000, and a single disc around US$120–180, although prices are expected to fall steadily.[4] The market for this format is not initially the common consumer, but enterprises with very large storage needs.

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The playstation line is not the place to be constantly protoyping new tech, otherwise its just going to always be too expensive for regular folks. They can still release HVD i suspect in 2012 (the format is spec-ed etc) allowing the ps4 to use future HVD releases but bluray would work just as well till ps5 which would be more suited for the 500GB+ capacities of those discs.

The releases with new disc formats might have simply been a natural thing coinciding with the needs they saw from developers. A faster bluray drive in the ps4 that can read 100GB discs at good speeds is enough.

#22 - Pcsx2006 - 265w ago
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If Sony ever releases PS4 it should be in 2015~2016 and the optical drive should be HVD bcz sony always launch there nextgen console with nextgen optical format.

#21 - semitope - 265w ago
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From my experience in a 3rd world country where we import games and consoles from 1st world retail stores and online stores (in the millions, so yes we contribute to your sales figures) it does. it also does contribute in 1st world nations as some have commented on considering HB/backups in their purchases.

Your insistence on disagreeing is simply based on a misguided logic and the assumption that nothing beneficial comes out of piracy and homebrew. Even something as simple as wanting to backup your bought games or wanting to be able to have discs but still run your games off HDD with a hacked console can contribute to a decision to buy a console

Maybe you don't see that but its true. I could go as far as saying it helps game sales but that would be much harder to defend.

#20 - cfwprophet - 265w ago
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This depends on the selled consoles in summary. The Wii allready have solld more then 60 Mil consoles.

Sony never can be sold such a lot of games because they dont have selled such a lot on consoles


It only depends on what the console costs.You wonna proof?

In the first week the PS3 Slim would be released and selled for 300€ the haved a + to the previeus month of 1000% !!

Look if some one of you both haved sayed that Sony maybe loos in case that the PS3 was to high priced to the release then i maybe would have agreed with your both.

But it hase absolutely nothing to do with HB or Pirated games. I would wish that the PS3 never get hacked and that with the start of the world wide change to HD TV and the havy changing to BD Players, that the PS3 here last years will be the successor and reach the sales nearly of Big-N and there Wii without being hacked.


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