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Sony to Ditch Cell Processor for PlayStation 4 (PS4) Console?


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157w ago - Following up on our previous article, today Kotaku (linked above) reports that according to inside sources Sony may be ditching the Cell Processor for the PlayStation 4 console.

Below are the details, to quote: "The PlayStation 4 will not use Sony's Cell processor nor any possible successor to the vaunted chipset that was introduced to the world through the PlayStation 3, gaming industry sources tell Kotaku.

What we're hearing from sources follow a Forbes rumor last week that chip-maker AMD would make the graphics chip for a PS4, a shift from the PS3's use of a graphics chip from AMD rival Nvidia.

The abandonment of the Cell architecture would thrill the many game developers who have struggled with the complex chipset, but it could also be viewed as the admission of a mistake.

Cell was the pet project of PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi, who dreamed that the chip- a "Power Processing Element" married to eight "Synergistic Processing Elements"- would make the PS3 the most impressive gaming console ever. He spoke of a home equipped with multiple devices that were powered by Cell, all of them linking to each other to increase the computational power driving any of the devices.

Cell was not the revolution Sony hoped and hyped that it would be. It also never managed to make the PS3 appear to be significantly more powerful than the year-older Xbox 360. That could have been the Cell's fault or simply the result of development decisions that compelled game creators to make their games run on both the PS3 and the generally-more-popular XBox 360.

But with no Cell or Cell successor in the PS4, what would Sony do? Here's where the reporting turns to speculation. One theory I've heard is that AMD will provide both the CPU and GPU for the PS4, meaning that AMD, not Sony, would engineer the main processing and graphics chips for the machine. Should AMD be doing that, they could go with the AMD Fusion architecture, which puts CPU and GPU on the same chip.

AMD has already been putting chips like this out (one was considered for the MacBook Air), which would enable Sony to turn to developers and say: you could be working with the PS4 architecture right now; just work on an AMD Llano chip or something.

Would developers like that? They'd have to prefer it to Cell and- what do you know- here's one of gaming history's best programmers, id's John Carmack, saying in an interview with PC Perspective last year that AMD Fusion-style chip architecture is "almost a forgone conclusion" for the future of computing.

A Sony rep declined to comment on this story, citing the company's policy not to comment on rumors and speculation."




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#13 - elser1 - 158w ago
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i realise it won't be upgradeable but if i designed it it would be. i'd be getting all i can for my development dollar.

#12 - lindwurm - 158w ago
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If this true then NVIDIA GTX 700 for ps4 is canceled.. well i don't mind as long as it have the most sophisticated graphic with ultra speed well i hope sony don't rush to release their ps4 until it complete with all features.. i can imagine the price is too expensive till several years and if the world financial crisis still continue or gettin worse then they won't get the revenue that they hope for.

#11 - SanctumSlayer - 158w ago
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Elser1 keep dreaming about them making their hardware upgradable. Sony wants to keep their ps systems as closed as possible. Take the removal of others for example. Either way, there's not much that would get in my way of getting a ps4 when its released.

#10 - young blade - 158w ago
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If it can store games on the HDD I'm in.. + better Internet browser.. (too many crashes)

#9 - elser1 - 158w ago
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i hope it has bc also for ps 1 2 n 3 .. bf3 is amazing on pc running full capabilities. i love it on ps3 but its a different game. you gotta see that the ps3 is old now in terms of power. i wish they make ps4 upgradable so it doesn't become obsolete.. the differnce between pc n ps3 is massive imo. lets just hope its better than we can hope for, and no ylod..

#8 - HeyManHRU - 158w ago
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Yeah, I don't think they're going to make you pay for PSN/SEN. If they do it will probably force a couple of consumers to buy an Xbox and pay for a much better online service. One thing that will make the PS4 worth it is if it can play PS1, PS2 and PS3 games flawlessly, and also include cheap PSP and maybe PS Vita minis on the PSN store.

#7 - Erz - 158w ago
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Hahaha, I still remember when I search all electronic store just for that cable At that time I didn't even know what HDMI cable is

Say, do you think they will use PSN again? (not free base console)

#6 - HeyManHRU - 158w ago
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Yeah, there is a noticeable differences it graphics compared to a top gaming PC and a PS3, but it isn't really that much better. The PS4 can go 2 ways, a PS3 with better graphics or a whole new system where they do everything better this time (like including a damn HDMI cable ).

#5 - elser1 - 158w ago
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yeah if you look at the ps3 vs a top gaming computer right now it makes the ps3 look like ps2 at best. the next gen will be amazing but i hope they can somehow "future proof" it with upgradable graphics and ram etc.

#4 - Erz - 158w ago
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Ah, PS4... Who know that we don't use TV anymore instead use virtual Real-Time 3D Glasses

 

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