Rumor: PS4 Uses AMD APU, Radeon 7670 GPU

Again, with that Radeon chip!

IGN is churning the speculation mill again with reports from their “sources” of the hardware being used in Sony’s next-generation gaming console. According to them, the PlayStation 4, allegedly code-named Orbis, will sport a central processor based on AMD’s Llano A8-3850 APU and feature a Radeon 7670 for the GPU.

The A8-3850 Llano APU is one of AMD’s CPU/GPU hybrid chips that has a Quad-core 2.9 GHz CPU and a Radeon 6550HD GPU built-in. The Radeon 7670 is a re-branded budget card that was formerly the 6670 with a performance comparable to the GTS 450, making it weaker than a GTX 260. Just how Sony would plan to use these two chips in conjunction remains to be seen, but it isn’t without precedent; the Cell processor was considered to be an early CPU/GPU hybrid itself.

If you’ve been paying attention to the past rumors, you’ll notice that this states the PS4 and Xbox 720 will have virtually the same graphics processor.

If true, this may be a disappointment for many hardware enthusiasts: none of this would even come close to the Unreal Engine 4 specifications that Epic Games has been pushing. GTX 680 chip? We’ll have to wait and see.