Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Feb 2013 18:18 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
Games Late last night, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 - sort of. It's got a custom 8-core AMD x86-64 processor, 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, and a custom Radeon-based graphics chip. It's also got additional chips to offload specific tasks like video (de)compression (livestreaming is built-in!), and there's a large focus on streaming games, but most of it is "an ultimate goal" instead of a definitive feature. It won't play PS3 discs (but will eventually stream many PS3 games), and, while there's some weaselwording involved, second hand games are safe. The biggest surprise? The console itself wasn't shown because it's not done yet. No joke. No price, no release date (other than somewhere before the holidays).
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RE: my take
by twitterfire on Thu 21st Feb 2013 18:48 UTC in reply to "my take"
twitterfire
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2008-09-11


The x86 in this thing will make it much more attractive for hackers. They'll want to get Windows booting on it and play PC games. Or Linux now that Steam is on there.

Even if the CPU and GPU are made by AMD, they are custom. So no Windows and Linux on it unless you have drivers.

The hardware will be very good and and probably it won't be very expensive, I see the reason why some guys might want to use PS4 as a regular PC.

Edited 2013-02-21 18:51 UTC

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RE[2]: my take
by tylerdurden on Thu 21st Feb 2013 20:29 in reply to "RE: my take"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

I would be interested in knowing about the OS this thing (PS4) uses. I can't imagine Sony coming up with a custom x86 OS, from the ground up, for this thing.

It sucks for AMD though. They could be having some cool APU-based tablets/latops running on DDR5... alas, it's not "comoditized" enough in the PC space (yet).

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RE[3]: my take
by lucas_maximus on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 12:11 in reply to "RE[2]: my take"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It is rumoured the PS3 OS is based on a BSD.

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RE[3]: my take
by DanDavies on Sat 23rd Feb 2013 10:03 in reply to "RE[2]: my take"
DanDavies Member since:
2013-02-23

I'm *hoping* it's Linux based, that would potentially allow the PS4 to be Steam-Box Compatible, (seeing as the PS4 seems to be a custom x86-64 PC)

Giving users access to both the PSN and Steam would be a huge advantage over Xbox it would certainly help my buying decision. The Question is would Sony allow another content distribution network on their hardware?

If as speculated the PS3 System Software was/is based on a branch of FreeBSD then it shouldn't be to complicated to port to x86-64.

Either way with AMD providing the graphics hardware as well maybe the closed source AMD graphics drivers will improve on BSD/Linux...

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RE[2]: my take
by ThomasFuhringer on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 10:30 in reply to "RE: my take"
ThomasFuhringer Member since:
2007-01-25

If they put something like Boot Camp on it I could use it as my PC. They could even sell that piece of software to make up for the subsidy on the hardware and it would make sense for many consumers.

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