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 thegman on Sat 23rd Feb 2013 11:39 UTC in reply to "my take"
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For me it's quite the opposite, the Cell made it attractive as a "tinkering" device. I can tinker with x86 any time I like.

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RE[2]: my take
by noelrobichaud on Sat 23rd Feb 2013 12:35 in reply to "RE: my take"
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I agree that the Cell broadband processor was an interest to myself as well. I was disappointing that the architecture was not more accessible and friendly.

You were able to purchase a Blade Server built around Cell, but nothing came of it.
This laptop from Toshiba looked incredible and very accessible, but talk about vaporware!

As for the revealed PS4 spec, I believe that most of use here cannot appreciate how powerful our computers are because of the mundane tasks we push at them, but when you do not refine the operating system for pure performance, that is exactly what you get - mundane.

The PS3 is not a general use operating environment, it is a media centric device that was purpose built.

I am hopeful and optimistic that Sony will do what is right for the PS4 and for their bottom line.

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