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Rumor: PlayStation 4′s Processing Specs Detailed

April 4, 2012 Written by Sebastian Moss

Another day, another PlayStation 4 rumor. This time, IGN have apparently found out what is going to be inside the PS4 (or Orbis as other rumors would have you believe).

The PlayStation 4 “may” use custom chips based on AMD’s A8-3850 APU and Radeon HD 7670 GPU, according to sources, and will offer the combined performance of both integrated and discrete graphics processors.

According to the official product specs of the A8-3850, it has a quad-core 2.9GHz processor with an integrated graphics chip. The system’s rumored dedicated GPU, the HD 7670, will be a DirectX 11-enabled card clocked to 1GHz with up to 1GB of dedicated VRAM.

Interestingly, the HD 7670 is simply a rebranded version of last year’s HD 6670 – which apparently will be in the next Xbox, meaning the two consoles could end up being very similar in specs. Benchmark tests of the 6670 for games like Metro 2033 and Crysis 2 on high settings at a resolution of 1920×1080 (1080p) have an average framerates of just over 30 frames-per-second.

The chip does support HDMI 1.4a output, which means it is capable of 4k output, something that was previously rumored.

While the GPU may end up being similar to the neXtbox, the rumor notes that “the PS4′s real edge could come from the secondary GPU provided by the APU”.

It’s important to note that not only could the rumor be simply untrue, Sony may change the system’s specs prior to release.

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