According to Eurogamer, the specifications for the next generation Playstation code named Orbis have been revealed. They claim that the PS4 will utilize the 7970m laptop GPU. Now you may think that a laptop GPU isn’t up to snuff, but this particular GPU performs around a HD 7870 which can bring performance equivalent to that of a GTX 570 dektop GPU. If this is true, that mean that this console is truly next gen and not just a meager upgrade. This would be a decent compromise between cost and performance.
In addition to a satisfying GPU, the PS4 is also rumored to utilize an 8 core CPU based upon the Jaguar architecture from AMD. The processor will be clocked at 1.6GHz and is based upon a low power processor design geared towards entry-level laptops. Considering the CPU has 8 cores and the GPU provides the system with ample processing power, the lower than expected clock speed of the CPU isn’t necessarily a deal breaker.
Lastly, the article also provides us with some foresight as to how the memory configuration of Orbis (PS4) has been setup. According to the source, the PS4 is rumored to have 4GB of GDDR5 RAM with 512MB of RAM dedicated to the OS. This means we will have ~3.5GB of memory dedicated to the GPU and the rest of the systems’ tasks. This memory configuration is a bit odd considering it uses GDDR5 for the OS and other operations that are performed by the system. However, this is a console, and comparing it to the previous system, the PS3, this shared memory configuration isn’t anything too out of the ordinary.
So, what are you thoughts on these rumored specifications? If true, do they meet or exceed your expectations? Let us know in the comments below.