Initial PS4 release and need to exceed expectations
When the PS3 first released it did not meet the demand of many gamers, because they assumed for the cost they would be getting something far more powerful. At the time the PlayStation 3 was a beast of a machine, but such a huge price tag did not make it a decent option when compared to the Xbox 360. The initial PS4 release will need to exceed expectations far greater than the current console, but some suggestions of being 10 times more powerful does seem a little optimistic.
There was a fear that the likes of Sony and Microsoft were going to try and rush the release of their next-gen consoles because of the Wii U, however from what we have seen in terms of specs for Nintendo’s next console it is looking more likely to be a current-gen on par with the PS3 and Xbox 360 rather than a next-gen games console. Having said that we only have limited spec details for the Wii U, so things could still change.
Depending who you ask certain gamers will tell you that there is still a good couple of years left in the PlayStation 3 and the 360, and while some of you may not agree with this, it does make sense to play the waiting game to see what the Wii U will have to offer.
In some recent leaked tech specs for the PS4 we’re expected to believe that the next-gen console from Sony will come with a 3.2GHz Quad Core CPU, an 800 MHz AMD GPU, 2-4GB of RAM, a Blu-ray drive capable of reading 50GB of
date data from one disc and also a 320GB hard drive. We have to remind you that this is all just speculation, so what would be your ideal spec list for the PlayStation 4?
The biggest worry is because of these specs we could see the cost of the new console spiral out of control, which would then be a repeat of what happened all those years ago when the PS3 first launched. Sony certainly has a few issues ahead of them, as they need to offer something that is more powerful than their rivals, while also trying to keep that price down as well – they had best join a circus because it sounds like they will need to do a fine juggling act.
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I absolutely agree with Jools. The old projected specs, featuring the APU and 7670, would be consumed just by running current-gen games at 1080p! These new specs would give us the that HUGE leap forward that next-gen games need. There is a shining beam of hope in all this; The CPU and GPU are off-the-shelf PC parts! This means two things. 1. It'll be cheaper to get more power by utilizing existing technology. The Cell was designed for the PS3 and it was expensive to develop and fabricate. That and the blu-ray drive (which is really needed now with 30GB+ games) drove costs sky-high. The blu-ray player ALONE in the original PS3, was worth $1000USD, and they gave us a gaming console as well, all for $600USD. Now, this won't be true. A blu-ray BURNER is under $90USD, and since Sony holds the blu-ray tech, they can make us a reader for, what? $30USD? The AMD Steamroller CPU in the PS4 is not here yet. They're waiting for the fastest AMD has to offer and Sony does not have to spend a dime in development for it..! If we look at a quad-core AMD Bulldozer processor, it sells for around $100USD. I would expect Steamroller to sell for very close to the same price, just like Intel did pricing Ivybridge very close to Sandybridge. This will be a potent and cheap CPU for a company to squeeze 10 years out of. Now the GPU.. This is where most of the money will go. All they say above is an 800MHz GPU... That GPU on other sites is said to be the Southern Islands Tahiti. The ONLY Tahiti to run at 800MHz...Is the Radeon HD7950. Even most gaming PCs don't have a graphics processor like this one..! (I STILL USE AN HD6970!!) The cost for the entire card is $340USD. Now with Sony buying chips in bulk and doing the soldiering themselves, this price should go down significantly...We're still looking at a sub-$500USD console folks! The PS4 will be a frighteningly powerful beast for a console, giving us an explosive 8th generation, but the good news does not stop here! 2. Familar architecture. ONE, potent quad-core CPU. ONE OPULENT GPU. Nothing to re-learn, nothing to figure out. No Cell, not even hyper-threading on the CPU to get in the way. The latest CPU functions. The latest GPU cores. Every game will shine brilliantly on launch day. Sony will have to take another hit to the wallet to get this console under $450USD, but they're still not covering more than half of the cost of the console for us. It could be lower than that, as much as $350 I think. Bottom line is, we will never have another un-programmable $599USD debacle. Every component is powerful, affordable, and fully utilizable.
Quility costs money , So if the ps4 is expensive so be it .. Dont won't to feel like more could have been done : ( like the way i felt about the 1st iteration of Xbox 360 before the Elite came out .. You could tell right away ps3 from a ps2 .. What a leap forward .. So ps3 to ps4 gotta be the same : ) Thats something that can't be done on the cheap ime afraid ..& Sony allways deliver the goods ....
Completely agree - quality has its price, I am willing to spend up to 1000USD if the new console will be a powerhouse.
I might be sounding a little ignorant and ungrateful here but, thecabove specs don't quite hack it. Considering the new consoles will be out 2013/14, they will need more cores, ram and gpu at least equal to the nvidia gtx 690/amd 7990, since these are currently the best cards out now but they won't be in 2013/14, most likely replaced by the amd 8000 and nvidia 700 families. No way i'm buying a console that won't even match up to a current pc let alone, 18 months down the line unless they are going a new route with gaming. 7 - 10 yr lifespan won't cut especially since we the consumers are used to technoligical updates every 12 months ie mobile phones, pcs, tablets etc unless the new consoles are upgradable, they might just be consumed by a new entrant, apple, google, samsung and others. You can bet your house on apple coming up with something and it seems, they are. I foresee sony and nintendo dissappearing as a result unless they come up with. something distinct. Microsoft seem like they can hold their own and diversfying their services.
I also think its best to wait another year in hopes that the economy picks up a bit more. Gaming is a pleasure thing which parents do not want to have to pay for at Christmas when their job is hanging by a thread.
I would be happy to wait until 2014...the games are still good and i never have any problems running online games etc. I really don't want to have to buy a new console to keep up with the jones's right now. This is like how it was in the 70's and 80's. stick with the same console for a long time...get good use of it and just focus on buying new games. Just make sure games are good quality like Battlefield, Batman, killzone, etc. I wish they did this with cell phones. i could care less if it was more expensive. I just expect that if we wait this long the games will blow you away. I also could care less if you add apps, video chat and all that junk. i just want good games with more realistic graphics, gameplay and story. if i wanted all that extra boloney i would just get a tablet or smartphone which is much more mobile.
The longer we wait the better the specs. It is going to be hard to surpass the graphical gaming experience of the PS3, and to provide something beyond what the competition will provide. Personally I'd be surprised if we saw a PS4 next year. The Wii U is just a PS3 upgrade, so a 2014 release is my guess.
If im honest those specs that are listed above (even though are only hearsay) are pretty lame. I had a PC that powerful 5 years ago. (im not a pc fanboy by the way ive got PS3 and 360) Theres no way id update my consoles for ones with specs like that its just not worth it.
I hear what your saying : ) i to have both xbox & ps3 & a gaming PC ..ok nothing will compare to a gaming rig .. But consoles kick out impress graphics take for example gears of war 3 & upcoming two souls on the ps3 ... Its a matter of ironing out the graphics & improving the frame rate ( hate pop up graphics & tearing ) ... So with those next gen specs i reckon it will produce mighty fine amazing graphics .. & lets face it direct X11 is only just now coming into its own on PC .. To code & make games on DX11 is very very hard ... 2013/2014 will be on PC the dawning of photo realistic gameplay ... But how many gaming companies will produce this for us : / ?????