The next few months are shaping up to be extremely important in the console gaming space. And although we are yet to hear any official word from Microsoft or Sony regarding the intricacies of their next-generation consoles, that doesn’t always mean we can’t get the inside scoop. Following hot on the heels of yesterday’s news that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is likely to have 50% more raw computational power than the Xbox 720, we are now seeing some additional leaked information that claims to give us an insight into how the new Xbox and PlayStation will perform.
The information comes courtesy of Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry and provides us with an early look at the processing platform which both consoles will reportedly be based on. Sony’s internal codename for the new PlayStation is said to be Orbis, while Microsoft more commonly refer to the next Xbox as the Durango. Both the Orbis and Durango are said to feature eight-core processors that will be clocked at 1.6GHz and will be built around AMD’s Jaguar architecture.
The chosen CPU is most commonly found in lower market laptops due to the low-power consumption of the processor, but it is said that the PlayStation and Xbox consoles will see the core count doubled from what we would see in laptops thanks to internal design revisions. The same sources also claim to have secured some previously unknown information about the graphics card that will be used within Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox console. The Orbis will feature a Radeon HD graphics chip that reportedly outperforms previous suggestions by an impressive 10%.
As well as laying out the potential specifications of the two pieces of hardware, Eurogamer has also added their backing to the hardware information that has already managed to make it into the public domain. As well as the above processor set-up, it is highly likely that the new PlayStation will contain 4GB of GDDR5 RAM with the new Xbox doubling that amount with 8GB on-board.
Sony is expected to break their silence by making an Orbis related announced either in the run-up to the Electronics Entertainment Expo in June, or potentially, slightly before that. It’s unknown when Microsoft will announce their Durango plans, but both consoles are expected to be on general sale by November of this year.