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RUMOUR: Sony Abandoning Cell CPU For PS4?

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Jonathan Lester
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RUMOUR: Sony Abandoning Cell CPU For PS4?

Once again, Kotaku is at the forefront of anonymous rumours from "gaming industry sources" - and this one's a doozy. Following a rumour/leak/gaffe from financial magazine Forbes (who claimed that AMD will be making Sony's PS4 graphics card), Kotaku's insider report states that Sony will be ditching their 'Cell' processor in the next PlayStation... and won't use anything remotely like it.

If true, it's likely that the PS4 will boast a more PC-like architecture, which in turn will make it much easier to develop for. Especially since even Sony President Kaz Hirai was willing to acknowledge the Cell processor's awkward and obtuse design back in 2009.

"It's not easy to program for the PS3. I wouldn't say it's endless in terms of what the console can do, but we pack so much depth into our consoles that it takes a while for anybody, including first party studios, to really harness the power."

Whether this rumour is based in reality has yet to be ascertained... but it's an interesting idea that might see AMD playing a key role in more than just the GPU department.

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gunnx  Mar. 1, 2012 at 11:17

I hope this isnt true but I do keep hearing how consoles in the traditional sense are at the end of their lives as we move towards other ideas like onlive but for me the hardware differences are critical, its actually really boring to see how similar the 360 and ps3 games are, but I do see the commercial argument so perhaps the 3rd party devs are pulling all the strings now.

Insider  Mar. 1, 2012 at 12:10

I hope this isnt true but I do keep hearing how consoles in the traditional sense are at the end of their lives as we move towards other ideas like onlive but for me the hardware differences are critical, its actually really boring to see how similar the 360 and ps3 games are, but I do see the commercial argument so perhaps the 3rd party devs are pulling all the strings now.

Cross-compiling titles for PS3/XBOX would seem to be at the heart of the issue regarding the "holding back" of PS3 operational enhancement features, within games, in order to minimize the dev to market times.

Last edited by Insider, Mar. 1, 2012 at 12:11

This would very likely mean that compatibility with PS3 games will not be available in which case it will result in me delaying purchase of a PS4 for a number of years, after launch.
Still loving my PS3 and I have a backlog that will take some time to work through and I would only upgrade knowing I can still play my favourite games.

Can't say I believe this rumour for one second.

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