210w 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 POWER7 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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I don't care about their profit, I care about what i paid for. 599euros for a console and 40-50euros for a game! ridiculous!. Since i live in eastern europe, i can't affrod 50 games, and almost no one around here has this money. PS2 gained that sales because is modable, basically, here unmoded ps2 has no value.If sony wants to make this product luxury then don't expect for high sales.
"IBM will release POWER7 based Power Systems in 2010 and will also be available as upgrades to Power 570 and 595 systems. POWER7 will come in four, six or eight core versions."
so, there is a posibility of upgrading the current ps3 hardware, maybe just like power 570 systems??, from this i can only think about how much "extra" power you can get from a POWER7 based system, maybe not that much... if we compare the latest core2quad (4 real cores) with the latest coreI7 (4 real cores, 8 logical beacouse HT), the REAL diference is no that much in a standar system specs... well that's another topic.
Like cfwprophet, i think too that a very very powerful system is useless without a very powerful coder.
Sorry, but I can't find a single comment I agree with except for the release date. First off, The PS3 isn't at full power yet. Very close, but isn't there yet. So since 2012 is about 2 years away now, and we would assume it would come out late in the year for Christmas and so on meaning about 2 years and 11 months. That said, since the PS3 is only now coming close to it's full potential. We won't need a graphics upgrade to run games for the next 4 years. Meaning that a 2012 release seems very, very, very unnecessary.
In addition to that, blu-ray was already almost "Too much" For the current generation of games. I can only think of three games that used more then 10GB of storage, and although they are some of the best on the console. HVD (Holographic Video Disc) will probably not be release commercially. Mainly because it was made for the U.S. Military and scientists. So blu-ray should be good enough for the next gen.
The only thing I hope from Sony is the following...
1: Their new console isn't marketed to casual gamers.
2: They use 7 direct cores instead of 7 split cores will one direct head.
3: They use a better GPU.