At this point we know that Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 game console will be powered by an AMD APU that consists of eight Jaguar CPU cores as well as integrated Radeon graphics with a shared GDDR5 memory set. AMD’s head of global business units John Taylor recently shard some more information with the Inquirer about the APU, noting that a modified version will be made available for consumers to purchase later this year.
He said that everything Sony has shared about the processor thus far is AMD’s intellectual property. It is by far the most powerful APU they have built to date, he said. They haven’t done anything similar for anyone else in the market as it contains IP that we will see in A-series APUs later this year.
It’s all part of AMD’s flexible system on chip strategy, which allows them to take a consumer APU and fine-tune it for a customer. If nothing else, the new A-series APUs will highlight just how much work Sony has put into the PS4 chip.
The PS4-like APU that will be available later this year obviously won’t include Sony’s technology nor will it have the same number of cores or the sheer number of teraflop performance. The fact that Sony selected an x86 APU as the platform for their console has no doubt left some people believing that it’s little more than a modified mid-range PC shoved inside a game console shell.