PS4 specs revealed and detailed
- Posted February 20th, 2013 at 18:19 EDT by Kyle Prahl
- 39 Comments
Moments ago, PS4 Lead System Architect Mark Cerny confirmed the specs and design behind PlayStation 4. Specifics are still unknown, but let's look at what's confirmed so far:
*Supercharged PC Architecture
*X86 CPU - 8 cores
*Enhanced PC GPU - 2 teraflops
*8 GB RAM - GDDR5
Sony has confirmed the following details via a press release:
"The PS4 system architecture is distinguished by its high performance and ease of development. PS4 is centered around a powerful custom chip that contains eight x86-64 cores and a state of the art graphics processor.
The Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) has been enhanced in a number of ways, principally to allow for easier use of the GPU for general purpose computing (GPGPU) such as physics simulation. The GPU contains a unified array of 18 compute units, which collectively generate 1.84 Teraflops of processing power that can freely be applied to graphics, simulation tasks, or some mixture of the two.
PS4 is equipped with 8 GB of unified system memory, easing game creation and increasing the richness of content achievable on the platform. GDDR5 is used for this memory, giving the system 176 GB/second of bandwidth and providing a further boost to graphics performance. The end result for gamers is new games with rich, high-fidelity graphics and deeply immersive experiences that shatter expectations."
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- 7:09pm EST - February 20th, 2013
Wow 8GB GDDR5 RAM.. A slight improvement over the PS3's 512MB DDR3 RAM... lol
Now this is how you futureproof a console!! Way to go SONY!!
- 7:39pm EST - February 20th, 2013
Am I missing something here? _if x86 CPU means 32bit architecture, then 8GB of RAM isn't going to be utilized fully now is it?_it will only utilize 4GB minus the GPU RAM, am I wrong?_I hope that x86 CPU is the model name with 64bit chip.
- 7:43pm EST - February 20th, 2013
x86 is the processor series 386, 486, 586. Doesn't mean 32 or 64 bit. Just the way other programs have labeled them. All new x86 processors are 64bit.
- 7:52pm EST - February 20th, 2013
Also the 4GB limit for 32 bits mostly applies to windows operating systems, Linux seems largely unaffected and even windows servers can go beyond 4GB in 32bits.
- 8:06pm EST - February 20th, 2013
The 2 teraflops gpu is insane for console. It is actually better than my pc gpu. Now I have to upgrade.
- 8:07pm EST - February 20th, 2013
I guess the simple thing of 8 CORES-...
- 8:14pm EST - February 20th, 2013
Why is my PS4's fan so loud?
- 8:19pm EST - February 20th, 2013
x86 is 64bit just fyi.
- 8:30pm EST - February 20th, 2013
Looks good :) but why they didn't show the design of the new console ? Would like to know how it looks like :)
- 8:33pm EST - February 20th, 2013
The ps4 will be outdated end of the year.
Even my GPU have more Teraflops, we got this already in 2009.
X86 really ?
8Gb GDDR5 ram 4gb for video 4gb for system way to go!
GDDR5 i hope they gonna use 8000Mhz so the speed gonna be 2000Mhz but probs not...
- 8:39pm EST - February 20th, 2013
@1 i dunno about future proof. especially they way computer needs exponentially increase over time. right now I have 16 gigs in my computer and i generally hang around using 8 gigs. granted im running 3 different adobe programs at once.
@10 trolling only works if you aren't an obvious moron about it.
- 8:47pm EST - February 20th, 2013
This is the specs for an average gaming PC from 2 years ago (with a good vid card), I hope they are not using intel's method of core counting (1 virtual for every real core) and are using actual cores.
- 8:47pm EST - February 20th, 2013
Uh, I think he was talking about the x86 ISA, which most likely the OS will run in "long mode" (64-bit mode with AMD).
- 9:29pm EST - February 20th, 2013
8 64 bit cores and a bluray drive that's 200% faster? this system is quite impressive :D
- 9:40pm EST - February 20th, 2013
@12 Moron, specs on PC and specs on console are 2 entirely different things. You should already know this but first of all, consoles run super simple operating systems so that resources are entirely devoted to gaming, unlike PC's which run resource hogging windows OS. Second of all, since all PS4s are the same, the games are infinitely better optimized
- 10:02pm EST - February 20th, 2013
@Beastblood Infinitely? Really? Most PC Games are optimized for a certain OS and GPU as well. It is the same concept, although not as reliable, much better results can be achieved.
- 11:05pm EST - February 20th, 2013
Lol at the people who think an 8 core processor will help with gaming. CPU has very little to do with gaming, that's why you can still run Skyrim w/ mods on a Phenom chip no problem. It is ALL about the GPU, and <2 tflops is pathetic especially since they are using both an AMD CPU and GPU. Much better improvement over the PS3/360 but people just need to learn the console gaming is a waste of their money. Spending so much more on so much less, its sad. You pay $500 for a new console that is mediocre at gaming, and another $500 on a mediocre PC. Well for that same $1000 you can have a beast of a gaming rig and a beast of a PC. Why would you even bother with a console any more??? Besides games are so much cheaper on the PC
That said, it's nice to see the new systems will at least have over 1gb of memory. Still pathetic they don't include a 1tb drive now a days since they are so dirt cheap
- 11:42pm EST - February 20th, 2013
@17 Mike Dee
if the CPU is so useless, then why not take it out entirely? ;)
you undervalue its importance. a game like skyrim is heavily dependant on the CPU ;) its a CPU intensive game after all. Animation, hit detection, AI, draw distance, the list of calculations done by the CPU is quite large.
the 8 1.6GHz cores are a great value for money in that respect. not as good as top of the line PC stuff, but still a solid gaming platform.
- 11:43pm EST - February 20th, 2013
@Mike Dee thing is people want something slimline they can have in their room to ignore the missus to... a massive screaming gaming rig just wont do.
- 12:17am EST - February 21st, 2013
I never said it was useless, just that it is not nearly as important as people think it is. My brother games on our old rig with an AMD 955 black chip no problem. CPU is important for certain things, but nowhere near as much as a good GPU.
The chip is not bad for the money, but current games don't utilize hyperthreading nearly enough to make 4 virtual cores useful. I am sure this will be changing eventually, but given past experience with the difference between PC and console gaming, I highly doubt we will see it on the consoles any time this generation. Hopefully I am wrong tho
does't need to be a massive rig if you dont want it to be. mini atx board or even itx. You could easily have a small gamebox if you wanted one. And you can use it for more then just gaming, ultimate media device hooked up to a nice tv with a wireless keyboard/mouse.