Rumours appearing around the internet suggest that the main chip used in the still unannounced PlayStation 4 is likely to go into fabrication after the new Xbox’s, and therefore giving Microsoft something of a head start.
The discussion comes from Semi Accurate, although much of what’s mentioned has appeared elsewhere over the last few months. Regardless, the report mentions two codenames: Kryptos – the next Xbox, and Thebes – the PS4.
The chipset in the PS4 – apparently an AMD CPU and GPU – is likely to be fabricated at Global Foundries or IBM initially, with the Xbox’s “Oban” chip first out of the line.
“That would most likely be the spring of 2014, but it could be fall of that year too,” says the site.
It’s likely that both the PS4 and the next Xbox will be revealed – in some capacity – before E3 next year, with Sony in particular likely to be holding a special event before June.