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Rumour: PlayStation 4 Specifications Leaked

Posted by Sammy Barker

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The PlayStation 4 is actively in development. It’s not a point of contention anymore – even Sony is willing to acknowledge the system’s existence. With a 2013 release touted, it’s probably fitting that we should start to get some serious rumours about the system’s internals, and unsurprisingly a Dutch website has delivered the goods.

According to the report, the system boasts an APU codenamed Liverpool and a CPU dubbed Steamroller. We won’t dive into the specifics because it all gets a bit complicated unless you’re an astrophysicist, but we’re told on good authority that the chips are “very powerful”. That’s a good start, we suppose.

In terms of RAM, the console will supposedly boast 2GB, although developers are apparently asking Sony to up this to 4GB. Obviously the system is still actively in development, so this could easily change.

The rumour also notes that the platform will ship with a 320GB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive and HDMI 1.4 output. In addition, it states that the console will include 16GB of flash storage, reserved for patches and the operating system.

As always with rumours of this type, it's best to take things with a pinch of salt. We're informed that the figures are entirely reasonable, but there's still a chance they could be complete fabrication. Nevertheless, a bit of speculation never hurt anyone, did it?

[via translate.google.nl, thesixthaxis.com]

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User Comments (10)

XCWarrior

#1

XCWarrior said:

No way is at Sony final specks already. Wii U wasn't until, what, a month ago? Still might not be. Take with a grain of salt.

Just got my PS3 anyway, no need for a PS4 just yet.

get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

@XCWarrior No, you're right — these won't get finalised for at least a year (perhaps longer). However, if the rumour is correct, these specs will be based on current dev kits.

ShogunRokAdmin

#4

ShogunRok said:

4GB of RAM would be a huge help. It would eliminate most of the memory problems associated with a few PS3 games. 2GB would also be suitable, however I do get the feeling 2GB of RAM wouldn't give developers much freedom as we got further into the next cycle. Especially if we see the same massive jump in quality we got between the start of this gen, and the present.

Ginkgo

#5

Ginkgo said:

I don't believe a word. Those specs makes no sense. The system would be out of date on release.

Drive will need to be at least a 1 TB (my current 320BG is no where near big enough when you have Play TV). 4GB RAM would still not be enough if they are building a system for the next 5-7 years.

ShogunRokAdmin

#6

ShogunRok said:

@Ginkgo That's what they said about the PS3's measly 512MB of RAM, yet here we are. And that's shared RAM, so really we're working on 256MB most of time. 4GB would be more than enough for the most part - 2GB would be slightly worrying.

SeVok

#8

SeVok said:

People look at 4GB from the Microsoft Windows angle, thats not the same as 4GB fior a total different non-general purpose device. I doubt they will choose for 4GB, 2GB seems more realistic.

get2sammybAdmin

#9

get2sammyb said:

@Ginkgo All consoles are out of date the day they launch. That's just a reality. Building a console is a balance between cost and longevity — I don't think you're going to see more than 4GB RAM from either console, if at all.

Mandoble

#10

Mandoble said:

RAM is pretty cheap and high definition textures alone require lots of it. Today it is common to have PC graphics card with 2GB and more, I see 4GB as the bare minimum for the following 8 years.

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