PS4 and Xbox 720 Unveiled
Dev spills the beans on
by Nicholas Laborde
©2013 Nicholas Laborde
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s impossible to be a gamer and not be constantly assaulted with rumors about the next-gen consoles.
“I think it will cure cancer,” or “I think world peace will occur,” or even, “It will fix the world economy” are all legitimate claims at this point.
However, the motherload has finally arrived.
A developer choosing to remain anonymous for obvious reasons has spilled the beans on Reddit, giving juicy details about what to expect from the next gen systems.
Buckle up, because it’s fascinating.
Orbis and Durango
The user claims to be an anonymous developer that has worked/had time with both consoles, but obviously is under NDA and can’t release anything too detailed.
The high points, however, are below.
This gen further proved that, and next gen will cement the fact that ports will be easy.
The next consoles from Sony and Microsoft will supposedly share similar architecture that will make cross-platform development much easier.
The 720 is essentially a Windows PC, and the PS4 is basically a Linux PC. This way, developers could port things easily from the 720, PC, PS4 and SteamBox.
Having more cores is an advantage since you can shut off the ones you aren’t using, and as the user goes on to explain, you could have a console that’s barely using any power or cores while you’re watching Netflix, leading to a nearly silent console.
The user gets very excited about this, as AMD is a strong proponent of using different cores for different situations, and if both consoles are running AMD processors, the possibilities may be endless.
For those of you that have no idea what I just said, it should be noted that this would allow Battlefield 3 to run at full 1080p resolution and never dipping below 60 FPS.
As such, this would set a new visual standard for games.
Microsoft and strategies
Supposedly, Microsoft is opting for slower RAM but more of it, while Sony is going for faster RAM but less of it.
This would allow Microsoft to have Kinect 2.0, and the PS4 to truly be a workhorse. It should also be pointed out that Sony is investing a lot in the system’s GPU compared to that of Microsoft.
Also, while the final price point itself is unknown, it appears both consoles should launch for about the same price to make them more competitive (and to prevent more $599USD debacles).
All that we can do for now is to wait, and enjoy the first entry into next-gen, the Wii U.
What do you think? Will any of this come true? Or is it just fishing for attention?
Personally, I think it’s credible as you’d have to have extensive knowledge and a lot of time in order to come up with such a detailed story.
Time will tell regardless.