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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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#19 - semitope - 264w ago
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Don't get insulting now. The psp is a portable system, I'd expect you scale the price with that. It debuted at 250$ which is not a small fee.

Even if you dont compare consoles because of multiple 360 purchases you still can't ignore the fact that the games, which are really what piracy/backups should affect, are selling more on the 360 and wii.

Anyway, off topic!!!!

#18 - cfwprophet - 264w ago
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Ive nothing to say any more your faced off now.

I never sayed that i dont want to have backups on the PS3 and if you will spend a few hours on reading this forum then you maybe will find some Hack Packs compiled and released from me, among few other things, but all this nice talking have nothing to do with that that sony loos in case of the lack of pirated games.

Beside that if your only interests are pirated games on the ps3 and that sony and the ps3 will be bad becouse WE can not use backups for what then you are here?

The PS3 isnt hacked and most likely will never be

ps. You can not compare the x360 sells with the ps3 sells becouse the whole first 2-3 series (if not more) are a only miss productions and many users allready have here 2 or 3 console. (maybe more)
And the generation isnt done yet....
Really? But think about the fact that the wii and the 360 AND the all powerful ps2 are hacked shtless and are outselling the ps3 including game sales figures. Even the psp is hacked like a mofo and has sold more than the ps3 (twice as much) after being released just a year prior. The psp would have died given the poor quality of games it has if it wasnt hacked

Really? I didnt know that? THX Hahaha....and the psp isnt longer on the marked then the ps3? No?

Again does the psp cost to the beginning from release like a PS3 600€? Yes, it did?

Guys use your Brain before talking.Its your best weapon. Use it...

#17 - semitope - 264w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by cfwprophet View Post
Such a BS unbelivable!!

Sony is the only one who makes 100% profit with games on the PS3!! Because you cant pirate games for ps3.

The other ones every time loos money when a good title will be released in case of pirated games.

-think about it-

Really? But think about the fact that the wii and the 360 AND the all powerful ps2 are hacked shtless and are outselling the ps3 including game sales figures. Even the psp is hacked like a mofo and has sold more than the ps3 (twice as much) after being released just a year prior. The psp would have died given the poor quality of games it has if it wasnt hacked.

Also for you guys going on about release date, the next 360 will most surely come earlier than the years you mentioned and so will the next nintendo console. Sony is not going to be caught taking a piss this time and the date does actually fit well with previous console releases. PS was in 1994, ps2 6 years later in 2000 and ps3 6 years later in 2006. Why not ps4 6 years later in 2012? The ps3 won't die and should the ps4 be BC it would allow the devs to continue making ps3 games and port them to the ps4. God of war II was released, a year after the Ps3 release, for the ps2 so its not bad at all.

#16 - hosmy - 264w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by cfwprophet View Post

The only reason why you say such things is becosue YOU want to have Backups for PS3

You have no ideea now many people wants to play backups. Actually they don't want HB, just to play dld games

Quote Originally Posted by cfwprophet View Post

Do you really thing some one from a other part of europe will be rich?Do you think i can afford 50 Games for PS3 or Wii or x360?Im from Austria my Europen frind but what you talking is crap.

No but they will mod it and will dld games. There is no point to buy a console which you can't buy games later. I'm sure you don't know the reality, because in Austria ppl don't sell pirated games on local marker for 1$ and unmoded ps2 is 5$ (360 may be 100$) and developers make fortunes not sony.

Bungie sold 8 mil units of Halo 2 x 30$ = 240$. If you have the pleasure to make this guys reach, go ahead. There is no point to argue because i live (and other half of the globe) in 3rd world countrys. This is just a small corner, take a look on GSM forums, every mobile phone is unlockable. Some guys discovered a way to unlock a phone (don't remember which one) and now they traver across europe weeks to unlock ppls phones.

First box to unlock BB5 was 20.000-30.000euros / unit! Yes, just to unlock BB5 (n95,n73 etc). Dejan from Serbia has mil of euros by unlocking Nokia phones! Black market is much important than you think

This is epic fail for the scene (till now), obvious some students/kids/fanboys/hackers-wannabe/ppl with some spare time/etc can't hack a system that some BIG corporations invested hundreds of thousands $ in this project ... including security.
Peace

#15 - Warrorar - 264w ago
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i dont think that sony plans a ps4 actually.

they lost so much millions on the ps3 which have to be getting back first with blueray and game selling.

that i think they will talk about a ps4 in 2017 or 18.

 

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