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Jan 10 2013
By: JonathanCarabalo Lombax Warrior 220 posts
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The Playstation 4 Computer Entertainment System

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     Here's a fascinating idea for the Playstation  4 - taking in the direction of ocmputers.  Is that what Sony has planned?  It's possible.  Let's assume it uses an AMD FX 8 core processor, with 2 instruction pipelines, 2 SIMD 128-bit units, 2 ALUs, 2 load-store units, 1 MB of L2 cache, and 1 MB of L3 cache, per core.  Out of the box, at 3.9 ghz, it will have 249.6 gflops of SIMD performance, not including double-precision floating-point performance.  It may also have an AMD/ATI graphics processor running at 1.1 ghz, with 2 GB of GDDR5 RAM, 1280 SIMD units, and 153.6 Gbytes/second memory bandwidth.  It will be capable of playing most PC software right out of the box.  There may be a consumer demand for office applications.  After all - it's a very capable computer.  What are the chances of seeing Microsoft Office on there?  Database server software to run enterprise servers on the Playstation 4 may be possible.  I expect a lot of computer software to be ported over to the Playstation 4.  Especially computer games.  Mouse and keyboard support out-of-the-box is another possibility. 

     This system will be easily capable of running 1080p movies of course.  It can probably run 4 simultaneous 1080p movies actually.  Modular/easily replaceable blu-ray drives are therefore a high possibility.  An optional furniture ensemble for holding the mouse and keyboard may be necessary - such as for a TV dinner, as most people don't have accomodations for that on their home entertainment system.  A wide range of peripherals from 3rd parties may be possible, such as cameras, microphones, and printers/scanners.  A $400 price point will be a good bargain, considering it's a full-fledged computer system. 

    I reckon that Nintendo Wii U, and Microsoft's Xbox 3, will easily be driven out of business, as consumers flock to the possibility of a comptuer-centric console.  Out-of-the-box support for PC software is certainly going to attract mass 3rd party support as well - which will help it considerably.

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Re: The Playstation 4 Computer Entertainment System

Jan 10, 2013
Could be some truth to that, after all they have discontinued the production of playstation magazine for ps games and gone exclusively to PC games.


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Jan 10, 2013

There is some truth to that - notwithstanding your sarcasm.

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