Developers are now starting to take delivery of new (second-gen) PS4 dev kits, so the rumour mill has it, and nuggets about the spec regarding the next Sony console have leaked out.
According to VG247 the new dev kit is built into a PC box, and is basically a modified PC, although it isn’t representative of the final hardware yet. The finalised dev kit is apparently due to arrive in the summer of 2013, although a third version slated for January will be pretty close to the actual final spec of the console.
So, what can we expect powering the PS4? Orbis, the current codename for the machine, runs with a chip based on AMD’s A10 series, an APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) which is a processor with built-in GPU.
The dev kit box has 8GB or 16GB of RAM, so plenty of memory, and storage will run to 256GB (an SSD, perhaps)? Also, there’s a Blu-ray drive on board, unsurprisingly. Integrated graphics seems an… interesting choice at this point, but this isn’t the final spec, of course.
Sony’s goal for the console is to have it run full HD, 1080p, resolution in 3D at 60 frames per second with no problems, and for current-gen TV technology, you can’t ask for any more than that.
Of course, the PS4 won’t be able to keep games running at a constant smooth 60fps… that’ll be on average. It’s a case of minimising the dips and keeping things smooth when there’s a lot of explosive action on the screen.
Bear in mind, naturally, that this is all speculation, and even if the leak is spot-on, the unit is likely to morph considerably until its final form is reached.