PlayStation 4 APU “the most powerful” AMD has produced

AMD to offer cut down version of PlayStation 4 APU later this year.

February 28, 2013 / 12:41 AM EDT / (@salromano)

The x86 APU chip AMD is producing for PlayStation 4 is the “most powerful” APU the company has built to date, according to marketing boss John Taylor.

“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,” Taylor told The Inquirer.

“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.”

AMD will offer a cut down version of the PlayStation 4 APU chip, minus Sony’s technology, to consumers later this year.

Thanks, VG247.

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  • Prodigy-X

    Looks like Microsoft is going have to show something impressive.

    • syaznifaiq

      Kinect 2.0 sound impressive LOL

      • artemisthemp

        Halo: Kinnect Dance

    • d3v

      Most likely going to be another version of the same Jaguar-core APU in the PS4. Less cores maybe, but still similar.

    • shogunknight

      I just saw that theirs is an x64 with 1.6ghz per core. Still a rumor though
      http://www.vg247.com/2013/02/28/xbox-720-cpu-houses-8-x64-cores-rumour/

    • Dean Winchester

      Oh how dare you!
      Halo 5, Forza 6, Fable 4.5, Gears 4, and especially Dance Central 4 completely slaughter Sony exclusives and the best part is paying LIVE fees for multiplats.

      Why? B/C sheeple thats why!

  • http://www.squarealliance.com/ Zackasaur

    Dayumn.

  • http://www.squarealliance.com/ Zackasaur

    Dayumn.

  • syaznifaiq

    Hot damn

  • http://socia.arkaic.com/b/kazriko Kazriko Redclaw

    It’s not particularly hard to make the “most powerful APU AMD has ever made” as most of them are mid-range GPU chips with oversized CPUs. The PS4 went with a huge GPU and a tiny but effective CPU. (About 80% of the area is GPU and associated components, less than 20% is CPU.)

    I imagine the next AMD APU’s will be a combination of their Jaguar cores and midrange GPUs to give you something that is a descendent of the E series and A series APUs in one. I think the Steamroller based APUs will be dedicated to the higher end systems.

  • Raiyu

    That’s not really saying much since AMD APUs were nothing to brag about :/

    • Shadow

      It’s not safe to go alone. Here, take this: ‘Flame Shield’

      • zakou

        I don’t think he is trolling, or starting a flame war, it is true that in the world of high power of computing AMD isn’t the first thing you hear.

        However sometimes people forget that this is video games we are talking about and Playstation studios and first party developers are known to go beyond power when it comes to how good games can look.

        Playstation is a gaming dedicated machine, if you take the specs from PS2 at the year of 2002+ you would never see games that look as good on the PC with such “shitty” per say specs: 147.456 MHz graphic card, 4MB eDRAM. 300 mhz processor lol.

        The specs in PS1, PSP and PS2 are compared to a hand calculator specs in todays standards yet the deleveopers show that if you have a dedicated gaming platform and the right teamwork you can go beyond the expectations.

        Even with the PS3, the specs are really old, even at the year 2006 when it came out PC’s at that time had like 5 times more powerfull specs yet developers go beyond specs and create amazing power games like GT5, Uncharted, Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two souls.

        Power is not everything if you are a gamer, being a graphic whore is not being a gamer because nobody can play graphics you can just look at them, sure they enchance the experience but that is all they do.

        Without the gameplay, story, music, character/personality, genre, the graphics are nothing.

        • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

          Comparing gaming dedicated machines and general machines is like comparing apples and oranges…

          Graphics are depended on the art direction of the developer as well…. Take for example, Journey… The indie game that wows numerous gamers by how breathtakingly beautiful it looks despite not being an AAA title…. Compare to say, Skyrim… With color palettes like that since Fallout 3, it still looks “shitty” no matter how you look at it even on ultra settings on PC(Seriously, Besthesda needs new artists)…
          For people saying the game was held back because of weak underpowered consoles, go take a look at Witcher 2 on the Xbox 360…

          “Power is not everything if you are a gamer, being a graphic whore is notbeing a gamer because nobody can play graphics you can just look at them, sure they enchance the experience but that is all they do.”
          Like what Crytek did with Crysis 3? I see no major differences between 2 and 3….

          “Without the gameplay, story, music, character/personality, genre, the graphics are nothing.”
          Better yet, save huge amount of cash and go watch movies instead… The movie ‘Avatar’ has the best graphics we’ve seen to date… :P

          • zakou

            Indeed tis true :3

            Well graphics are one thing but the possibilities of graphical capabilities is another and that is my point, xD let’s compare Naruto on PS2 to Naruto on PS3.

            Ninja Storm 2 and 3 look better not only 100 times than the PS2 version but they look better than the origin, the anime itself.

            Crysis is pure shit, don’t even talk about crysis please xD i have played and beat Crysis 1, warhead, Crysis 2 and i won’t waste anymore time, i won’t get Crysis 3 even for free, maybe if i would get payed to play it then i would.

            Crysis is a fine example of a shit game with amazing graphics for 2006 at least.

            So Power wins sometimes, I will use the Naruto example where more power helped the game feel and play 10x better than previous gen.

            However games like NieR and 1000+ other games i don’t need to mention that had shit graphics but 80% that is left of the game as characters, story, music, gameplay etc was just amazing.

            Overall we also have developers who can make a good use of even low power specs and make epic games.

            So this spec talk in the end doesn’t have much to do with the result or direction we see our games as, except for the graphic whores gamers, who talk about graphics and know 10 games and never played “insert amazing underrated game title here”

            I will use “Golden Sun” as a really random example for the 1000+ games i mentioned :3

            • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

              Like how Mario World evolves into Mario 64… Yes, graphical improvements are one of the factors that drives innovation forward thus opening up new opportunities…

              You know, this spec talk kinda reminds me of what John Carmack would discuss… With filtering, rendering, lightning and all… I’m with Warren Spectre on he should be looking at AI improvements than graphics…

              If it ‘does’ try something ‘new’, I’m all for it…

            • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

              Like how Mario World evolves into Mario 64… Yes, graphical improvements are one of the factors that drives innovation forward thus opening up new opportunities…

              You know, this spec talk kinda reminds me of what John Carmack would discuss… With filtering, rendering, lightning and all… I’m with Warren Spectre on he should be looking at AI improvements than graphics…

              If it ‘does’ try something ‘new’, I’m all for it…

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gael-Summers/707779495 Gael Summers

              >NieR
              >epic game

              Two thumbs up to you

              • zakou

                One of the best games this gen imo.

        • http://socia.arkaic.com/b/kazriko Kazriko Redclaw

          Well, that’s not entirely true about the PS3. It did have quite a bit of vector capabilities in the CPU and was quite powerful compared to PC CPUs of the time. The GPU was only about half as fast as the top of the line at the time it was released. (It was a 1-generation old top of the line chipset when the next generation made huge strides.) The PS3 CPU was probably as good as the top single-die PCs until the quad core chips started coming out.

          Now though, you’re right… The PS3′s CPU is only mediocre, and the GPU is horrifically outdated, yet it still looks pretty good because of clever use of the CPU and optimization for the GPU.

          The CPU on the PS4 isn’t a barn burner, but it’s more than sufficient for a console now that so much of the power needs to be vector based floating point. The GPU will probably hold its own against the next generation of AMD and Nvidia GPUs graphics wise due to optimization. It will probably be more powerful than all other AMD APUs for this year, possibly into next year as well. Though, I’m not sure if AMD will put quite so much GPU onto another APU, unless it’s for a fancy gaming laptop.

  • GaySkull

    Its how you use that power.

    For example the Sega Genesis, or PS One.

  • KurisuMakise

    I’m excited to see what can be done with this AMD, though I don’t think I’d personally build a machine around a consumer model APU anytime soon. Will stick to Intel for now.

  • PrinceHeir

    get hype!