Printed from http://www.electronista.com

PlayStation 4 may use true multi-core CPU, drop Cell?

updated 04:00 pm EST, Mon December 28, 2009

PS4 may use simpler multi-core setup

Sony may drop the Cell processor entirely in the PlayStation 4 in favor of a multi-core design, a report from Impress says. Having first considered a modified, upgraded version of the Cell processor that powers the PS3, the electronics giant is now believed considering a new processor design that would use a more direct design with multiple true processor cores. The switch if implemented would be a concession to developers, who have regularly complained that writing PS3 games is too difficult.

Development of this new path is in the early stages, and the actual features of the chip as well as the ultimate fate of Cell aren't known. Among its other options, Sony has mulled using Intel's Larrabee many-core design but hasn't put it in serious contention. Intel itself has delayed Larrabee indefinitely.

Compared to the three-core Xbox 360, the PS3's processor is technically much more complex as it uses just one full processor and 7 vector math units that need careful optimization and aren't always as useful as the main core. Although game features are often very similar between PS3 and Xbox titles, differences in performance have usually run against the PS3 as development troubles have occasionally led to noticeably slower performance.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker

There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers, with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bringi ...

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this y ...

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News