The Sony PlayStation 3 is fighting for dominance of the gaming console with the competitors Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Boasting the most impressive specs of all three units, the PS3 packs an IBM-designed Cell processor, an advanced form of XDR memory and a PC-based NVIDIA graphics processor. The console replacement is expected to be released to the general public around 2011. So how can we expect the spec of the PlayStation 4 to compare to the current PS3 when it arrives? In two of my previous articles, I looked at the likely PS4 CPU, memory, graphics processor, and hard drive specs. In this final article in the series, we take a look at the optical media drive, control system, and connectivity features.
First, let’s look at the console’s optical drive. ps4 pro gebraucht Expect the current generation integrated optical Blu-ray drive to remain almost unchanged from the current specification. Just like the DVD format that preceded it, few changes are required once an optical system is set up. Given that a replacement for Blu-ray is a long way off and probably wouldn’t be disk-based anyway, I see no reason to change this element of the console. In my opinion, Sony will simply use the fact that Blu-ray is an established technology as a cost advantage. The high development costs and the companies’ insistence that it be integrated into the current console from launch are a big factor in the high production costs and lack of profit associated with the PS3.
As for the PS3’s remaining features, particularly the onboard USB 2 ports, wireless Bluetooth controllers and built-in wireless network adapter, I’d expect them to carry over unchanged to its replacement unless there are significant speed-related upgrades to the technology. If that’s the case, I’d expect an upgrade to reflect that. One area of new development I think we could see is the implementation of a new controller design. The current controller gets its fair share of criticism – the Xbox 360 controller is often seen as a far better device to use, while the innovative Nintendo Wii controller was responsible for the system’s runaway sales success. Given that, a redesign of the control system is almost certain, but Bluetooth connectivity remains.
So far (as of March 2009), Sony has lost money on every PS3 sold, despite the relatively high price of the consoles. This is mainly due to the advanced nature of its hardware, both in terms of development and production costs. I believe that further development of this existing technology is the only way to enable Sony to recoup some of the losses that the PS3 program has suffered. This is all the more important in today’s fragile economic markets, where record-breaking sales figures can no longer be guaranteed.
That concludes our look at the PS4. I would like to revisit this article in a few years to see how accurate my predictions were.
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Development of the Sony PS3 processor and memory for use in the PS4
The Sony PlayStation 3 was first introduced to the general public in November 2006. It was designed to be at the forefront of gaming consoles with the aim of surpassing its main competitors Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. The console’s impressive specification includes a Cell processor, XDR memory and a dedicated graphics processor from graphics specialists NVIDIA. The console also includes a built-in hard drive, built-in Blu-ray drive and built-in wireless networking capability. The PS3 replacement is expected around 2011. Probably called PlayStation 4, what can we expect on the tech side of things compared to the current console? In this article, we look at the main processor and main memory specifications. In future articles we will cover the GPU, integrated hard drive, optical media drive, and control and connectivity features.
At the heart of the PlayStation 3 is the cell processor developed jointly by Sony, IBM and Toshiba. The processor is a sophisticated piece of engineering with eight independent processing elements (although only seven are actually used to increase production yields). It’s doubtful any game developed for consoles will even come close to using the full potential of the processors – in fact, it’s considered so advanced that IBM is now using it in its supercomputers (see IBM Roadrunner for more info). Given the level of sophistication that has gone into the Cell Processor and its immense computing power, there is absolutely no need for a lengthy and costly research and development program in this area. I would expect nothing more than an upgrade to the existing specification, perhaps an increase in the number of processor elements from the current eight, coupled with an increase in the clock speed (or MHz) of the processor. This should result in the PS4 having plenty of computing power over its lifecycle.
The main memory of the current PlayStation is an advanced type of DRAM XDR (stands for Extreme Data Rata) and is used exclusively by the Cell Processor. At the time of the consoles’ release, this was and still is an extremely exotic (and expensive) form of memory. ps4 slim 1tb gebraucht It wasn’t designed specifically for the PlayStation console, but it’s very effective in situations that require fast data throughput, making it the ideal choice for the device. It’s still a current technology with no direct successor and as such I would expect it to be used in some form in the PS4, albeit with a slightly expanded specification. I’d expect these improvements to come in the form of more memory, perhaps doubled to 512MB, and faster speeds than the currently rumored 3.2 Gbps (gigabits per second) throughput. The storage can already run at 4.8 Gbps, so expect at least that speed.
That concludes our look at the first two elements of the PlayStation 3 successor. Look out for a follow-up article covering the future of the current console graphics system, the onboard hard drive and optical media drive, and the console’s control and connectivity features.