We already heard that the next-generation PlayStation 4 was set to be more powerful than the next-generation Xbox, but now we have found some better details (leaked) on the exact hardware being baked into the next-gen console.
Both the next generation PlayStation – and its Xbox competitor – feature eight-core CPUs clocked at 1.6GHz according to sources trusted by Digital Foundry.
The main processor architecture driving both consoles is said to be derived the new “Jaguar” technology currently in development by AMD which are said to be low-power processor cores designed for the entry-level laptop and tablet market and thus offering an excellent ratio between power consumption and performance. This is a perfect solution as console power consumption is a huge problem, and looks like it will be solved in the PlayStation 4. The PC bound Jaguar technology from AMD is set to ship after 8-9 months, but next-generation consoles are looking to double the number of cores with some customization to the main architecture.
The PlayStation 4, will also feature a high-end Radeon HD as GPU. Looking at the mobile GPUs from AMD, “Pitcairn” design, or 7970M, could provide strong graphics solution in terms of performance, power consumption and die-size. 7970M runs at 850MHz, features 20 of AMD’s “Graphics Core Next” compute units. But in this case ‘Orbis’ will take off 10% of that number, offering GCN compute unit count to 18, and the core clock mildly downclocks to 800MHz.
However, there’s a fair amount of “secret sauce” in Orbis and we can disclose details on one of the more interesting additions. Paired up with the eight AMD cores, we find a bespoke GPU-like “Compute” module, designed to ease the burden on certain operations – physics calculations are a good example of traditional CPU work that are often hived off to GPU cores. We’re assured that this is bespoke hardware that is not a part of the main graphics pipeline but we remain rather mystified by its standalone inclusion, bearing in mind Compute functions could be run off the main graphics cores and that devs could have the option to utilize that power for additional graphical grunt, if they so chose.
Not this is some serious gaming potential!
We should begin to get excited, as this is going to inject some serious graphics awesomeness into the PC gaming market – and it’s about time.