Kotaku heard rumors from anonymous industry sources that the PlayStation 4 console will not use Sony's Cell processor nor any possible successor. The site heard a theory that AMD may provide the CPU and GPU for the PS4, possibly in a Fusion-like package.
Cell was the pet project of PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi, who dreamed that the chip—a "Power Processing Element" married to eight "Synergistic Processing Elements"—would make the PS3 the most impressive gaming console ever. He spoke of a home equipped with multiple devices that were powered by Cell, all of them linking to each other to increase the computational power driving any of the devices.
Cell was not the revolution Sony hoped and hyped that it would be. It also never managed to make the PS3 appear to be significantly more powerful than the year-older Xbox 360. That could have been the Cell's fault or simply the result of development decisions that compelled game creators to make their games run on both the PS3 and the generally-more-popular Xbox 360.
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Re: Sony PS4 to get AMD processor and GPU? by Anonymous on Friday, March 02 2012 @ 17:50:41 CET