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Hiroshi Sakamoto  (Source:
Sony VP mentioned an E3 announcement, but said a surprise may come in the next few months

After releasing the PlayStation 3 console just over six years ago, it looks like Sony is ready to launch its successor as early as this spring.

Hiroshi Sakamoto, Sony's vice president of home entertainment, recently gave some vague details about when we'll finally see the PlayStation 4 in an interview with Chilean site Emol. According to Sakamoto, the PS4 could make an appearance as early as May of this year.

However, Sony's VP was asked whether the new console could make an earlier entrance within the next few months.

"That's still a big secret, but our friends are preparing Sony PlayStation," said Sakamoto in the interview. "I can only say that we are focused on the E3 gaming event, scheduled for June. [An] announcement may be [made] in that minute or even earlier in May."

It is rumored that the PS 4 will have a custom chip based on AMD's A8-3850 with a quad-core 2.9GHz processor and a 1GHz graphics card with 1GB memory.

Source: CNET

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Lousy Specs
By Flunk on 1/16/2013 1:49:27 PM , Rating: 2
If this thing really comes out with an A8 and Radeon 6670 it's not going to be very powerful. That's less powerful than the Geforce 640M or 650M laptop GPUs. The A8 is not very good either.

RE: Lousy Specs
By Pirks on 1/16/2013 1:59:13 PM , Rating: 4
thing is AMD is (and always been) a champion in bang for the buck department, unlike Intel, and this is exactly what Sony needs for their new console. not the fastest turbo durbo hardware from Intel that is seriously overpriced, but the cheap and fast enough stuff from AMD, the company who knows how to build fast chips for much lower price than Intel. besides Bulldozer was pwning best Intel chips in heavy multithreaded tasks and this is where console gaming is headed. probably Sony with their multithread crazy Cell chip noticed that trend too and decided that AMD is not only cheap but best in heavy threading too. no wonder they went with Bulldozer or something

RE: Lousy Specs
By OnyxNite on 1/16/2013 2:19:34 PM , Rating: 1
AMD might not even survive 2013. As for the bang for the buck department that would be ARM not AMD and that would have at least given the compatibility with the PS Vita. Sure AMD is bang for your buck WITHIN the x86 compatible world but x86 compatibility means nothing to the PlayStation brand. If they weren't going to stick with a Power based architecture (like the Cell) they should have at least gone for something like an ARMv8 based SoC with integrated Rogue GPU and a separate nVidia Kepler or AMD Southern Islands based graphics chip. Then they could run it in low power compatibility mode to run shared PS Vita/PS4 downloadable games (with the AMD/nVidia GPU disabled) and ramp it up to 64bit full speed CPU with the AMD/nVidia GPU enabled (and used the SoC GPU for OpenCL/physics/etc.) for the disc (BDXL?) based PS4 games.

RE: Lousy Specs
By nafhan on 1/17/2013 12:42:23 PM , Rating: 2
AMD, the company who knows how to build fast chips for much lower price than Intel.
I don't think that's true. AMD is the company that's willing to sell what are - quite likely - MORE EXPENSIVE to build chips at a lower price. The "bang for the buck" has to do with end user pricing and performance NOT AMD's costs.

I don't think it's completely unreasonable to believe that Intel could provide competitive (or better) pricing for a volume customer such as Sony; they just don't want to for whatever reason. That reason is probably Intel could make more money selling chips to someone else.

It's also possible that Sony may have gone with AMD for GPU related reasons, rather than price.

Also curious: what's happening in console gaming that's going to make it "heavily multithreaded" all of a sudden?

RE: Lousy Specs
By Pirks on 1/17/2013 12:51:55 PM , Rating: 2
The 8-thread Cell CPU in PS3. Ever heard of SPU threading libs?

RE: Lousy Specs
By retrospooty on 1/16/2013 3:19:42 PM , Rating: 2
The A8 is plenty for a console, the GPU does seem a bit low. They said they are targeting 4k gaming, so if that GPU does it, they rae planning on dumbing down the image quality like current consoles. Aaaugh, that sucks. The texture quality is so incredibly bad on consoles. Hopefully the 6670 is not correct, or is an early sample and the final will have something better.

RE: Lousy Specs
By Pirks on 1/16/2013 7:26:31 PM , Rating: 1
GPU does seem a bit low
You don't even know the number of shader units and you already know it's low? Kinda similar to how you did know squat about RIM and were proclaiming it "low" too, don't you think? The similarity is startling eh :)))

RE: Lousy Specs
By retrospooty on 1/17/2013 7:45:40 AM , Rating: 2
480. The discussion was about the report of a Radeon 6670 you jackwad. That's an existing product with known specs. To be specific its a previous gen mid range card.

The only startling similarity here is your lack of reading comprehension and general human etiquette.

RE: Lousy Specs
By Pirks on 1/17/2013 11:49:03 AM , Rating: 2
There's no mention of 6670 in that original CNET article everybody refers to, so keep dreamin RIM-sale-style nutso :P

RE: Lousy Specs
By retrospooty on 1/17/2013 12:33:42 PM , Rating: 2
Read the thread you are replying to. It starts with the title "Lousy Specs". I never said it came with a 6670 that. I was replying to someone else that said it. I consider it a rumor, nothing more. Its not announced. If it comes with that, its pretty lame, that is all I was saying.

I don't know what you are trying to prove here, but you missed completely... again.

RE: Lousy Specs
By Pirks on 1/17/2013 1:07:58 PM , Rating: 1
Some lamer mentioned 6670 out of his a$$ and you happily reported that "GPU is low", then before that some similar idiot reported another strange fantasy about RIM and you were happy to run around with it just the same. This is a bad behavioral pattern dude, you got to break it sooner or later ;) When will you stop running around with rumors spread by some lame idiots?

RE: Lousy Specs
By retrospooty on 1/17/2013 1:49:35 PM , Rating: 2
better luck next time Pirks. You missed.

RE: Lousy Specs
By Pirks on 1/17/2013 1:52:23 PM , Rating: 2
yeah I hope next time you'll have better luck avoiding running around with lame a$$ postings, duly noted retro

RE: Lousy Specs
By retrospooty on 1/17/2013 2:09:59 PM , Rating: 2
That's what's funny about you Pirks... You have reading comprehension issues and regularly misunderstand points, then you fly off the handle about something that you have misconstrued in your head that isn't even a real thing... Even when it's pointed out for you after the fact you still don't get it. At least you are consistent, I'll give you that.

Take your angry pills and come back down.

RE: Lousy Specs
By CarbonJoe on 1/17/2013 12:54:42 PM , Rating: 2
you jackwad

lack of general human etiquette.

Pot, meet kettle.

RE: Lousy Specs
By retrospooty on 1/17/2013 1:00:26 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think you know Pirks history. He is the resident bratty 12 year old of AT/DT.

RE: Lousy Specs
By Pirks on 1/17/2013 3:22:02 PM , Rating: 2
If you guys listen to old senile retrotroll who doesn't know basics about tech and fails to understand simple things all the time - you'd better stop listening :) Listening to him will do you no good. He failed hard with his RIM "predictions" and now he repeats the same by calling PS4 GPU "low" just because some other idiot said somethig about 6670 that he pulled outta his a$$. Parroting RIM-bashing idiots did not teach him anything useful, unfortunately.

RE: Lousy Specs
By retrospooty on 1/17/2013 3:59:05 PM , Rating: 2
You are absolutely nuts. Reread above. I didnt predict anything. I was simply saying If its a 6670, its weak. I also said "Hopefully the 6670 is not correct, or is an early sample and the final will have something better." It was just part of a discussion.

The assertion that you think I am "predicting" the PS4 will be weak or even implying that the 6670 will be in it is where you left reality.

RE: Lousy Specs
By mevans336 on 1/16/2013 7:58:21 PM , Rating: 2
The processor is largely irrelevant in today's gaming market. Take a look at this article posted a few days ago on Anandtech. An old dual-core Intel E6400 can push almost 30fps at 2560x1440 in Metro2033 as long as it's paired with the right graphics card. In the article, he used a 7970 and a GTX580. For comparison, the i7-3770k only pushed 33.47fps with the same card.

The main advantage to going with something like an A8/6670 is if they need to refresh the hardware, just swap the chips. They're commodity chips after all.

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