Tabajara wrote:But who would have thought of a intel GPU into a Sony game box? That must have only happened because Sony is cash strapped (for this kind of expense) and Intel needs a graphic win and momentum, and will acquire the expertise with this deal. That will be even weirder if the PS4 ends up having a IBM CPU (cell) and a Intel GPU. Crazy interesting times!.
Well it was already rumoured, so not really a shock I guess :-
powerarmour wrote:If Larrabee is going in a console, it'll likely be in the PS4 according to the rumours
But now the Larrabee is in the PS4, I don't think there will be any need for the Cell also, or if the Cell is in there it'll only be for backwards compatibility purposes only. If they do keep the Cell it would be a bizarre hybrid of PowerPC & x86 processing, I don't think Intel would be comfortable with that..!, surely it would much better from a minimalist design/cost/programming POV to run the whole OS/system/graphics on a single processing architecture and just fill the machine up with ram.
For Sony, Intel is a dream hardware partner, it couldn't really get much better, provided they are not bullied about too much. Could be more in this also like cheaper deals/timed exclusivity for their Vaio PC line etc.
By the time the PS4 is launched this will be 2nd or even 3rd gen Larrabee architecture so performance could be anything, pure 1080P real time raytracing a definite possibility.
The other news you can read into this, is how this will affect PC gaming...?, with an 'Intel' console available it'll either be a kiss of death, or a bright new level of compatibility/convergence between the two platforms (provided you've got a 'Larrabee' in your PC of course).
Tabajara wrote:...but how that will roll with MS?
MS are probably praying that AMD doesn't go under before they've finished making the hardware on the new Xbox...
Tabajara wrote:Playstation coders must be very happy, as intel usually releases very good tools and coding resources.
Indeed, how the worm turns, from one of the hardest consoles to develop for ever, to what looks like will be the easiest...