As the rumor mill churns. Sony’s next-generation console, codenamed Orbis, is rumoured to have the same graphics processing power as the next Xbox. IGN says the PlayStation 4 utilize custom chips based on AMD’s A8-3850 APU and the Radeon HD 7670 GPU according to anonymous sources.
The report states that the HD 7670, a DirectX 11-enabled card clocked to 1GHz with up to 1GB of dedicated VRAM, is a “re-branded” version of the HD 6670 with identical specifications that will work together with the APU (the A8-3850 has a quad-core 2.9GHz processor with an integrated graphics chip). According to IGN, the HD 6670 is the same card that will reportedly be used in the next Xbox console; if true, this would mean that Sony’s next-gen console would be graphically identical to Microsoft’s next-gen effort.
Whether this will help cross-platform development remains to be seen; IGN’s sources say Sony will “custom tool” the chipsets mentioned above for the PS4 ahead of the console’s launch.