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More Totally Unsupported PS4 "Orbis" Rumours

A bit of common sense, please.

This is a tricky one to report. On the one hand, it’s a story about technical specifications in a console that is still publicly ignored by its manufacturer – so totally unsubstantiated speculation. On the other hand, there’s thousands of people who want to read this sort of rumouring and it’s fun to speculate and have a bit of discussion.

All we can do is clearly mark that this is not anything to put your faith in. It’s speculation, and as fun as that may be, totally without grounding until one of these “unnamed sources” is willing to put their name to it. So, approach with a healthy sense of cynicism.

IGN has published a report stating that the next PlayStation will utilise chips from AMD and Radeon. The chips in question are AMD’s A8-3850 APU and the Radeon HD 7670 GPU which gives a separate graphics chip as well as one integrated into the main processor. This is said to enable a little bit of a power boost over the next Xbox, which is rumoured to use the same graphics chip (the HD 6670, which is identical to the rebranded HD 7670).

These graphics chips are decidedly mid-range in today’s PC graphics market so by the predicted end of 2013 release dates, they’ll be well behind currently available PC hardware. That said, the fact that consoles won’t be hampered with so much background activity, as is often the case on PC, will likely mean that these chips can concentrate all their power on the task at hand.

So, there you go. Maybe next week we’ll find our own “source” who will tell us that the PlayStation 4 is powered by unicorn tears and leprechaun sweat.

Source: IGN

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36 Comments
  1. CircleOfFire
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    AMD and Radeon? Radeon is a graphics brand that AMD uses.

    Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 10:34.
    • colossalblue
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      yes, I know. But the APU is based on an AMD branded off-the shelf chip and the GPU is based on a Radeon branded off-the-shelf chip. Allegedly.

      Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 10:35.
  2. bmg_123
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    If these turn out to be true, including pre-owned game rumors, I can’t see these selling well. By next year or so, the components will be cheap enough to buy yourself anyway and not have the hassle of drm…but I guess we’ll see…

    Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 10:36.
  3. Jas-n
    Since: Aug 2008

    Odd thing about the GPU, would have thought they’d have done the same thing as the PS3, put the most powerful GPU at the time, keep it strong for as long as possible, which allows it to be as future proof as possible, for 4K and possibly qHD.

    Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 10:41.
    • Workshed
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      The GPU in the PS3 was well over a year old when the PS3 launched – it was a slightly tweaked Nvidia 7800GT (a mid range card at the time!) and the PC market was onto the 8000 series and beyond when it finally launched. So this would really be fairly similar to the PS3 situation…

      Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 11:21.
    • bmg_123
      Member
      Since: Feb 2012

      And price it at $599 again? Let’s just say it would take more than RIIIIIIIIDGE RAAAACER to make me buy it at that price…

      Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 11:21.
      • Radiitz
        Member
        Since: Jun 2010

        @bmg_123
        I agree with you there. Personally, it would take a giant enemy crab to get my attention :)

        Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 16:06.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      GPU is crap, a real bottleneck luckily the Cell is so great to help out problem is its own shit ton of work for 3rd party devs who make the bulk of the games

      Going for off the shelf component is very un-Sony like but given their billions of pounds losses it the only thing that makes sense in this economy, but if the next generation is out next Chrimbo with production in the summer it where near capable of excellence a dX11 class games that are around, coming out because of the budget a console needs to be made for… If so, roll on PS5

      Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 11:25.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        Typos… Stupidly keypad & freezing fingers

        Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 11:26.
  4. jamess109
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    With AMD as the processor is my MAIN reason that I wont be buying this forthcoming hunk of junk. And secondly the processors may not need to run background tasks/services as do PCs the hardware will still be fookin ancient and by 2015 the games will look like shit compared to what games looks today with todays tech…

    Go for an Intel or Cell processor and Nvidia GPU less faults less bugs and for pc Less driver bugs compared to cheap AMD/ATI!

    Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 10:43.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      It’s all about the price tag

      Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 11:16.
      • bmg_123
        Member
        Since: Feb 2012

        Jessie J disagrees. But seriously; one of the reasons nvidia aren’t on board -supposedly- would be that they don’t like to manufacture old architecture for a whole cycle, so AMD are jumping in to save the day, and win the entire market of course…

        Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 11:24.
    • Faulker
      Member
      Since: Jun 2010

      Leave AMD alone! (Britney fan)

      But seriously, you won’t need drivers on a console, and ever since the 6xxx series I never had a problem with them. I agree though that Intel processors are stronger, but I still think AMD is a good company who makes great processor. Duron <3

      As for graphics in 2015 don't worry, devs will develop mostly for them so the consoles will hold back graphics. On the otherhand graphics are already pretty good, I'd rather they get to be rendered in 1080p60 and more focus on the idiot AI in games would be nice.

      As for price, I'd rather have the next generation of consoles with a launch price of $350 instead of $650.

      Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 11:23.
      • Burgess_101
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        AMD make terrible CPU’s Bulldozer was the biggest load of crap ever. Their GPU’s on the other hand are great not Nvidia great but get you the best bang for your buck no doubt.

        Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 13:19.
    • mad_mac_hl
      Member
      Since: Feb 2012

      Never had a problem with AMD processors and drivers. Given they’re cheaper and have a bit more flexibility in their application, they’re definitely the better option for a console.

      Thoroughly agree with you on ATI though. When the graphics cards work, they work well. Problem is they’re a nightmare to update and have a tendency to bug out on you. So Nvidia all the way for graphics!

      Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 12:47.
  5. JBoo
    Banned
    Since: Oct 2011

    This comment is hidden.

    Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 10:46.
    • colossalblue
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      go on… read the first two paragraphs, just for me :P

      Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 10:55.
    • McProley
      Member
      Since: Aug 2011

      Why click on an article, not read it, then proceed to put a meaningless comment on it? It just doesnt make sense…

      Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 15:23.
    • The Lone Steven
      Never heard of him.
      Since: May 2010

      You’ve gone and hurt Peter’s feelings now. Now he’s up in the rafters again and it will be 1 month before i can get him down from there. :P

      Comment posted on 06/04/2012 at 09:52.
  6. Kitch
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    Ah the best part of any generations life. The naming of the successor. My money is on Unicorn tears and Bunimo’s “special” hair powering it. Oh and Stevens dribble will act as coolant.

    Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 11:06.
  7. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    means if it is the current spec, we could see 64 player FPS games on Battlefield, nice.

    On the other hand, this current speculation is getting on my nerves.

    Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 11:09.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      “Palm trimmings” for the win!

      Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 13:35.
    • david24
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      Almost anything will “run” battlefield 3 as long as it isn’t single core but a single 6670 won’t be playable at 1080p even on low, you’d have to take it down to 720 to get averages above 30fps which is basically what the battlefield plays like on a console. Although there would be plenty of improvements if the code was optimized for that card.

      Comment posted on 06/04/2012 at 02:28.
  8. mrfodder
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Of course this may just be an early development machine, with the actual CPU/GPU speed not being decided until closer to release. One advantage of AMD CPU/GPU is they may be able to make a single chip slim console later in cycle.

    Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 11:20.
  9. wick15
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    I don’t know about this. It does seem rather unlikely that Sony would choose these, especially the HD 7670. These are mid ranged by today’s standard on PC’s. It certainly won’t be pushing 1080p in every game either. By 2013/14 the HD 7670 would be pretty far behind and I can’t see it being all that future proof.

    I’m taking these rumours with a big pinch of salt for now. Hopefully we will get some solid facts soon.

    Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 11:25.
  10. bmg_123
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Any confirmation of Folding@home with new weather channels?!

    Comment posted on 05/04/2012 at 11:28.

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