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The PS4 Has Something You Always Wanted...

Good news to end Friday.

Before we start with this announcement, please press play on the video above. Done it? Good.

In a lengthy post over on Gamasutra, PlayStation 4 systems architect Mark Cerny has described all sorts of technical bobbins. Bus speeds, GPU bottlenecks and “bypassing its own L1 and L2 caches.”

Exciting stuff I am sure you will agree, but not as exciting as this: news that will thankfully see the end to a billion ‘humourous’ comments on websites across the globe.

Mark describes a number of dedicated chips on the PS4 and says “by having the hardware dedicated unit for audio, that means we can support audio chat without the games needing to dedicate any significant resources to them.”

The PlayStation 3 does not have cross game chat because there was simply not enough resources for it. The PS4 seemingly has a dedicated chat chip, it has cross game chat built in!

Huzzah! Happy Friday everyone!

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  1. theturtleking
    Since: Feb 2010

    A feature I have never really cared for.

    Comment posted on 26/04/2013 at 18:49.
  2. Adam Garrett
    Community Manager
    Since: Feb 2009

    Good, but also a given considering the resources. It’s hardly rocket science for them!

    Comment posted on 26/04/2013 at 19:16.
  3. Alex C
    One for all.
    Since: Forever
    Comment posted on 26/04/2013 at 19:58.
  4. quinkill
    Since: Oct 2010


    Comment posted on 26/04/2013 at 20:09.
  5. The Von Braun
    Since: Oct 2012

    Was’nt it ‘impossible’ to do on PS3 due to the way the Ram was spilt or something?…

    If so then part of me cannot help but think that with 8 G of Ram this time around, it would have been a given, but yep, it’s further proof that Sony really have learnt a lot of lessons from the PS3 era and indeed PS2 era and that by talking to developers and listening to consumers, this time around they’ve designed a platform that ticks a lot of the ‘want!’ type boxes.it’s something i personally would never use and i’m glad to see included, but after all the flak Sony took for it not being possible on PS3, in all honesty, they had to ensure PS4 had it.

    Personally i ‘want’ PS4 to be region free like the PS3 is for games, yet seemingly Sony seem unsure whether this will or won’t happen.

    Comment posted on 26/04/2013 at 20:13.
    • Sheepdip
      Since: Feb 2013

      this split ram thing was more meaning fluff from internet “experts” live from their bedrooms. The only chips they ever see are the frozen ones they pour into the deep fat frier at their day job.

      You really shouldn’t believe anything you read online by these bedroom experts. Go off and fire up Uncharted 2, go to the bit where you are standing on the train and tell me that the PS3 wasn’t the best damn console that’s ever been made to date.

      Comment posted on 26/04/2013 at 20:45.
      • Origami Killer
        Since: May 2010

        I don’t see how Uncharted 2 falls in line with this topic. Nevertheless, the omission of cross game chat is a major technical flaw for the system. With the 360, cross game chat arguably makes the online experience more engaging, and combined with other factors this is the case at the moment. So please would you kindly go away with your fanboy comments?

        Comment posted on 26/04/2013 at 21:02.
  6. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    I expect PS4 will be capable of cross game, cross purpose and crossyerlegsoryellgetpreggers chat it’s so blimmin’ powerful.. :P

    Comment posted on 26/04/2013 at 20:15.
  7. Kennykazey
    Since: Mar 2010

    But, but, what will we complain about now?

    What I do like is that the console has dedicated processors for background stuff so more POWER can be spent on games.

    Comment posted on 26/04/2013 at 20:25.
  8. Sheepdip
    Since: Feb 2013

    It was only ever Microsoft that seemingly cared about the PS3 not having chat rooms (despite of course the PS3 actually having X-Game chat since Firmware 2.70, but nobody told them).

    Who wants to what with friends playing DIFFERENT games? That’s dumb. Microsoft can keep that “feature”.

    Comment posted on 26/04/2013 at 20:43.
    • The Lone Steven
      Never heard of him.
      Since: May 2010

      People that want to chat to their mates whilst playing a game but don’t want to use Skype as it’s easier to use Cross Game Chat?

      Comment posted on 26/04/2013 at 20:55.
      • Sheepdip
        Since: Feb 2013

        then use the PS3 Cross Game chat, the one that appeared way back in firmware 2.70, the one where you set up a chat room with all your mates, and can access it from the XMB ingame….

        We use it all the time. Some people need to stop listening to internet myth.

        Comment posted on 28/04/2013 at 00:13.
  9. BrendanCalls
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
    Since: Forever

    I’ll get a sweepstake going on the next major bug-bear that will be used to drown numerous corners of the internet :-P

    Comment posted on 27/04/2013 at 00:28.
  10. An-dz
    Since: Oct 2010

    Moved on to using skype for chat in games now. Probably will keep using it too.

    Comment posted on 27/04/2013 at 02:30.

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