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The Next Generation Consoles Draw Near, Playstation 4 and Xbox 720 Specs and Announcements Await…

The rumour mill has been working overtime this week with snippets of information regarding the next generation Playstation and Xbox whirling through the electronic ether. While an official release date for both consoles is still to be announced the event to announce the release date has firmed up along with technical specifications.

Both consoles are due for release in the second half of this year (2013) with hardware produced by AMD. While they will use the same supplier they have both taken very different approaches.  This time around the roles have been reversed, Sony’s PS4 will be very PC like internally (think original Xbox) while Microsoft has a radical dual APU design up its sleeve.

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Sony PlayStation 4 ‘Project Orbis’ takes shape with AMD Trinity under the Hood…

Sony this month gathered its US game developers for a disclosure meeting. Project Orbis is indeed taking shape with Sony showing off and delivering a new generation of dev kit during the closed door meetings.

Sony’s offices were bulging with game developers as the presentations began. While the dev kit looks like any other tower PC it’s what’s on the inside that matters. This particular tall nondescript black tower includes Sony’s latest software and AMD hardware running the show, Project Orbis looks to be well on schedule for a 2013 release.

One more generation of developer kit is due before the PS4 is released, a release that should be simultaneous with the final silicon for the console, a major milestone.

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Next Generation Consoles, The Sony PlayStation 4 Graphics Processor…

The next generation console wars are beginning to heat up. With Microsoft already having selected AMD to supply the graphics processor for their next generation console, now it is Sony’s turn to lock in a graphics processor supplier.

Forbes has reported that a number of ex AMD employees have let the cat out of the bag, revealing that Sony is considering switching to AMD for the next generation consoles graphics processor, currently the PlayStation 3 uses NVIDIA for its graphics power. If AMD is successful this will give them the royal flush in the console world, with Microsoft and Nintendo already using AMD graphics.

While both Sony and Microsoft are still in the initial stages of developing their next generation consoles, Microsoft made the decision to use AMD before Christmas, putting Sony at least a few months behind.

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