Here we go again with next-gen rumors! We previously reported on how the PlayStation 4 is codenamed “Orbis,” but this time, we’re here to talk about the upcoming console’s alleged tech specs.
Unnamed sources have told IGN that the PS4 may utilize AMD’s A8-3850 APU and Radeon HD 7670 GPU -thus offering the combined performance of both integrated and discrete graphical processors.
The Radeon HD 7670 is a rebranded version of last year’s HD 6670, sporting identical specifications across the board. It’s also rumored that the HD6670 will be the same card that will be used by the Xbox 720. If true, it’s safe to assume that the two systems will effectively be on par when it comes to discrete graphical performance.
In comparison to today’s standards, the HD 6670 is an entry-level processor which retails for about $75. The card’s benchmark tests place framerate performances for high-end games like Metro 2033 and Crysis 2 set to high settings at a resolution of 1920×1080 at an average of of just 30fps (frames-per-second). While not that impressive, the report states that the PS4’s “real edge” would come from the secondary GPU provided by the APU.
Onboard the A8-3850 chip is an HD 6550D – which makes the APU capable of running games at baseline specifications and lower res without the help of discrete GPU. When the APU is paired up with the HD 7670, it’s alleged that Sony will be to use an asymmetrical CrossFire config to share the load of rendering real-time graphics processing.
Again, as with next-gen news, take everything you read with a grain of salt as these are just rumors. Even the sources admit that while Sony’s planning on using the chipsets mentioned above, it’s still possible that changes could be made before the system’s official reveal and launch.
We’ll update the situation as more news develops.