With Sony’s PlayStation 4 featuring new specs and new chips, it’s hard to know just how powerful the console will be. The 8GB GDDR5 RAM is said to be 16x as good as the PS3’s, but what about the APU? AMD has come forward to share some very promising news.
John Taylor, head of marketing for AMD’s Global Business Units, told The Inquirer:
Everything that Sony has shared in that single chip is AMD [intellectual property], but we have not built an APU quite like that for anyone else in the market.
He revealed that PC users will be able to buy this APU later this year, but it will not have the same number of cores or the same computing capability as Sony’s part:
It is by far the most powerful APU we have built to date, it leverages [intellectual property] that you will find in our A-series APUs later this year, our new generation of APUs but none that will quite be to that level of sheer number of cores, sheer number of teraflops.
Taylor added that the the upcoming A-series parts will highlight just how much work Sony put into the chip in the PlayStation 4, showing that, while the PS4 is far more like a PC than a PS3, it is still not a PC.
What’s most interesting about Taylor’s comments on the APU being the best they have made for anyone on the market is that Microsoft is heavily rumored to being using AMD on the Xbox 720. They are also rumored to have use slower RAM.